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"…how can they hear unless someone tells them…" Romans 10:14
What the apostle Paul says above is true when you need to hear about Jesus Christ the first time, but we assert that it is also true about the options for serving Him once you know Him. This site will help you explore more IT options.
An Example of the Need
A Wycliffe worker in Africa was attending training with mother-tongue translators who had come from a war zone. He asked them to list the most difficult challenges they faced. Each African translator was asked to vote for his top seven obstacles. It was expected that the war would be the biggest challenge, however, when the votes were tallied, the civil war came near the top of the list—but it was second. The number one hindrance was the lack of computer support!
It used to be the case that computing helped "speed up" translation. Now, the more frequent case in our technology-dependent world is that IT increasingly makes the work possible.
The need for IT missionaries is growing as fast as any other support role and in today's world almost all of the missionary church-planters and evangelists depend to a great degree on a computer to manage the data side of their ministries. Because they themselves are often not IT trained users, they quickly run into problems using or supporting the technology.
The relative scarcity of full-time, on-the-ground IT specialists currently meeting that support need (both in and out of Wycliffe) results in Kingdom work being hindered, rather than helped, by technology. It used to be the case that computing helped "speed up" translation. Now, the more frequent case in our technology-dependent world is that IT increasingly makes the work possible.
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