Bible translators in town to recruit volunteers
HUNTINGTON -- Wycliffe Associates, a global organization that involves people working to accelerate Bible translation around the world, will be in Charleston and Huntington this week to encourage local residents to get involved with their mission.
Jonathan Burmeister will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Rd., Charleston, and 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel, 1001 Third Ave., Huntington.
According to a press release from Wycliff Associates, only 457 of the world's more than 6,800 spoken languages offer a full translation of the Bible. Together, volunteers with the organization are working to bring God's word to the millions of men, women and children still without it.
Burmeister and his wife Nancy joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1971. Two years later, they moved to the village of Assouba on the Ivory Coast where they spent 16 years training literacy workers, Bible translators and more than 25 preachers.
Currently, Burmeister is working as a Bible translation and literacy consultant with teams in West Africa using email and Skype from his home in West Chicago, Ill. He also serves as a Wycliffe recruiter, which is why he'll be in West Virginia this week.
Last year, the organization mobilized 3,145 volunteers and staff members to accelerate Bible translation in 71 countries.
Those interested in joining the movement should attend either the Charleston or Huntington banquets. Doors open 30 minutes before the banquet begins. Reservations are required. They can be made by calling 1-800-475-1062 or emailing area directors Bill and Kim Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available at the organization's website, www.wycliffeassociates.org, or by calling 800-843-9673.
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