This story was originally published July 27, 2023 and has been reposted with an update added at the end.
For the past four years, WCC has been partnering with AccessTruth, an organization that provides an exhaustive range of resources to help individuals, teams and churches share their faith effectively across cultures. Most recently, WCC partnered with AccessTruth in the translating of the book “His Story: The Rescue,” a resource that presents a panoramic overview of the biblical narrative in easy-to-understand English. The guide, which contains 22 sessions, was designed primarily for English as a second language readers and includes definitions for challenging words and terms as well as discussion questions.
So far, this resource has been translated into Bangla, German and Urdu, and most recently, Haitian Créole and Spanish. The entire production process can take over a year due to translating, proofing and acquiring permission from the publisher to print the foreign language Bible verses.
WCC partner International House, a Christian organization committed to sharing the love and light of Jesus Christ with refugees and other internationals living in and around Fort Wayne, Ind., recently used translated versions of “His Story” to teach English to immigrants and refugees seeking language-assistance services.
“Every Christ follower has a role to play in The Great Commission,” said Mike Boze, WCC’s pastor of missions. “Providing ‘His Story’ in a people’s heart language is one way we can participate. Another way is to pray that God uses the translated books to bring light to the darkest parts of the world.”
WCC continues to partner with AccessTruth through financial support and producing the translations with B2B Translations, a translations company based in Indianapolis, Ind. Additional translations for language groups in the Middle East and South Asia are expected later this year.
Nov. 1, 2023 Update
A follow-up on the impact of the Haitian Créole translation of “His Story” was given by a women’s Bible study leader in the Dominican Republic.
“I love this book!” said the Bible study leader. “When I first read it, I thought it sounded a bit basic, but it has created a lot of great engagement with the ladies in the group. Everybody is excited to read it together when we meet, and we haven’t even been able to finish one chapter because of the rich conversations around the material.”