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Digital Distribution in Asia

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Electronic versions of all Scripture portions from a translation project in a sensitive area of Asia were made accessible by a publisher for downloading from their website. They come in a variety of formats and are available in two scripts; for use in a free study program; for viewing on cell phones; as an online version which can be viewed as a web page interface; and as PDF files.

 

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Wycliffe Associates Steps Up Installation of Technology for Translators and Saves Years of Bible Translation Time

Wycliffe Associates Steps Up Installation of Technology for Translators and Saves Years of Bible Translation Time | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

(Orlando, Florida, USA)—Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation, continues to extend the impact of Bible translation support overseas by providing Bible translators with technology that streamlines their work and reduces translation time.

 

By the end of 2012, the Orlando-based organization hopes to have installed a total of 215 Bible translation acceleration kits (BTAKs), which consist of a small, portable netbook computer, satellite communication terminal, solar panel, battery, and an AC power inverter. Next year, the organization plans to install 250 BTAK units.

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Partners in Congo - MAF Blog

Partners in Congo - MAF Blog | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Awhile back I had the opportunity to accompany my program manager and a ministry consultant to Beni, a city in eastern DR Congo. They were going to meet with the director of the Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (Bilingual Christian University of Congo), and hear his vision for ministry in DRC. I was going along to meet the university’s IT administrator and to see one of the VSAT satellite Internet systems MAF had previously installed.

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40 Pounds of training material on a USB stick

40 Pounds of training material on a USB stick | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

I flew MAF airplanes to deliver rice, water, medicine, generators, live calves, snakes, pigs, butchered beef, live chickens, metal roofing, nails, lumber, oil, gasoline, pencils, paper, books, mail, clothes, engineers, nurses, dentists, doctors and, oh yeah, bibles, pastors, preachers and teachers.

 

Today I still deliver God’s cargo, but not with an airplane. Instead I write for MAF’s Learning Technologies division (MAF-LT) and deliver Good News with digital technology.

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Technological advances are opening new doors for the gospel

Technological advances are opening new doors for the gospel | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

There are an estimated   5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions around the world, 4.5 billion of which are in the developing world. (2011 stats from ITU.)

 

Mobile phone penetration is especially noticeable in emerging countries without extensive landline infrastructure, but where there is mobile signal coverage. In poorer rural communities, owning a mobile phone represents good value for money, combining features of PCs, media players and even torches.

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Accelerating Bible Translation Like Never Before

National translator demonstrates the exciting acceleration of Bible translation when access to today's readily available technology is used.
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Jesus film to be available on phones

Jesus film to be available on phones | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Tens of millions of people in closed nations will be able to see and hear the gospel on their smartphones or video tablets in their heart language─no matter where they live or how dangerous it may be for Christians there.


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Translation in the Solomon Islands

Joshua Lui, a Bible translator in the Solomon Islands shares his stories of the need for the Bible to be translated and the dangers he faces in his work.  Wycliffe Associates is there to assist him though and through the use of technology he can now work safely and effectively. Phillip Harms, a missionary with Wycliffe Associates assists translators like Joshua everywhere Bible translation is happening.

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Lausanne World Pulse - The Impact of Technology on Bible Translation

Lausanne World Pulse - The Impact of Technology on Bible Translation | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Bible translation has always been painstaking, laborious work. It is not just the difficulty of the work itself; there are also the technical challenges translators face. In the old days each draft had to be typed manually—four or five times!—

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Check-IT-Out Vacation 2012

Check-IT-Out Vacation 2012 | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Check-IT-Out Vacation for IT Pros and Families...

 

Singles, couples, and families, come see a mission center in action! At the JAARS Center you will discover a hub of technical and logistical support services for Bible translation around the world. 

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Multiplication Strategy for Software Use | JAARS

Spring 2012
This issue highlights software trainers—a group of people who strive to multiply themselves by equipping others. The training they provide dramatically increases both productivity and quality in Bible translation, speeding Jesus’ message to those who haven’t yet heard.

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International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) CurrentNews

International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) CurrentNews | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
Updates about  ICCM 2012 Conference dates are July 16-20, 2012. Location is at YWAM at the Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (http://g.co/maps/7b97p) Our primary keynote is Al Janssen of Open Doors.
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Using IT in missions! - International - OMNI

Using IT in missions! - International - OMNI | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Eight computer science students and their professor from Calvin College, Michigan (USA), spent two weeks in January using their skills in mission. They worked with the IT team at OM’s International Coordinating team (ICT) in Carlisle, UK, on openPetra, an updated version of the administration software used around the OM world.

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Check-IT-Out Fall 2012

Check-IT-Out Fall 2012 | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
Fall in the Carolinas and a huge IT challenge! Learn how your skills could speed the Word in other languages worldwide. Technology and missions conference near Charlotte that will open your mind to new possiblities.
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ScriptSource

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by Mr. Ken Wienecke

 

Lisa, a Bible translator, enthusiastically begins work in a language that has a complex writing system. But her laptop cannot type or display the traditional script.

 

Bruce needs to know which scripts and characters must be built into a new font he’s designing to support a dozen minority languages in Asia.

 

A mobile phone manufacturer needs technical data to be able to display the scripts used by its minority-language customers.

 

ScriptSource can meet their needs.

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VAST Team Building: A ‘Little Taste of Heaven’ | The Seed Company

VAST Team Building: A ‘Little Taste of Heaven’ | The Seed Company | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

One of the hallmarks of the Video Audio Strategy for Translation (VAST) pilot project in South Asia is teamwork. The project, among the Kaylar speakers,* has many active partners, including The Seed Company, Wycliffe India, SIL International, The JESUS Film Project, Pioneer Bible Translators and Rhema for the Nations. The project’s dynamics naturally encourage team-building.

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itconnect.info - A Community of Christian Mission IT Support Workers

itconnect.info - A Community of Christian Mission IT Support Workers | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

This web site has been set up to connect Christian organizations providing Information Technology (IT) support to the field. It helps these organizations in providing IT Support to field entities who have limited IT personnel, equipment, and infrastructure.

 

The ITConnect.info website has been set up by SIL Africa and Asia Areas. It aims to provide simple solutions through a community of users that require low maintenance, low investment, and low bandwidth. It should enable colleagues to share solutions in IT support that have helped them to succeed in similar environments.

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The Right Tools - Using WeSay to build dictionaries

The Right Tools - Using WeSay to build dictionaries | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

“Look out for those thorns!”  In the rainforest clearing, vicious sago palm needles hemmed in my four bare-footed boys. They were watching Duluba, an Edolo Bible translator, swinging a homemade tool to extract sago pulp from a felled tree. On the other side of the clearing, his niece Yogaleme operated an elaborate contraption, employing palm fronds, banana leaves, rags, water, and muscle power to rinse nourishing starch out of the pulp.

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The Church's Domain | Christianity Today

The Church's Domain | Christianity Today | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
Faith-based website endings like .church and .bible likely to join .com and .org in URLs.
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Joshua Project - Mobile Phone Application

Joshua Project - Mobile Phone Application | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
Explore unreached peoples and the Great Commission with this iPhone application.

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Translating the Bible—Into an E-Book That Works on Any Phone

Translating the Bible—Into an E-Book That Works on Any Phone | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
Most tech companies care about early adopters. The people who make Bible apps care about every last soul, which means they sometimes end up in distant realms of the linguistic and technical worlds.
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Satellite Technology Works “Like Magic!”

Satellite Technology Works “Like Magic!” | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

By Katie Kuykendall In a remote village in West Africa, Cameroonian translators have been working diligently to translate the New Testament into their heart language.  They’re ready for a Wycliffe translation consultant...

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IT as a Ministry?

IT as a Ministry? | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it
As an information technology (IT) specialist with MAF, I’m part of one of the organization’s most cryptic ministries.
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Steve & Glenda Kvale

Steve & Glenda Kvale | Technology in Missions | Scoop.it

Our mission is to support Bible Translation around the world by serving Wycliffe missionaries in the USA and abroad with their Information Technology needs through the Wycliffe USA Headquarters in Orlando, FL from our home in Balaton, MN. It is a privilege to serve the various computer needs to help spread God's Word to the nations!

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