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Motorboats on the shores of Kingfisher Lake, Ont. Photo by Alan Hood.

Bible translation efforts in Kingfisher Lake, Ont. are part of the broader Cree Initiative.

Women in Chad discuss HIV-AIDS prevention (2006). Photo by Alan Hood.

In Chad, Wycliffe’s Jackie Hainaut leads church women in discussing HIV-AIDS prevention

A man fishes near Guadalcanal, home base for Bible translation in the Solomon Islands. Photo by Alan Hood.

A man fishes in a dugout canoe near Guadalcanal, the home base for Bible translation in the Solomon Islands

Art. Design.

The Bible isn’t just a book; it’s God’s Word. He wants to use His Word to transform people. To make Himself known to them through the ultimate person of Jesus Christ, His Son.

Bringing transformation to every language group is a wonderful goal, and Bible translation is often the first crucial step. The artwork and text in the images below, reproduced from the Winter 2006 issue of Word Alive magazine, capture the impact of the translated Scriptures on three language groups. May these words and images be a reminder of the power of God’s Word in your own life.

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Artist: Doug Madill – Madillustration Design. The relationship between a dense dark forest and being blind to God’s Word struck a chord in me. The path, now cleared, has led the reader to the light that allows him to experience the Word in a way he may never have, had it not been made clear—”seeing” it perhaps for the very first time. As well, the light, now exposed, is able to light the once dark forest.
Artist: Doug Madill – Madillustration Design. Eating soup with a fork? Not a good combination. God’s Word is like food for our spirit. With this “food” now readily available to this language group in Peru, they are off to celebrate, and even share, this life-changing gift they now possess.
Artist: Laird Salkeld – The handcuffs are also question marks that represent doubt. This doubt has been broken because of the assurances in God’s Word that this congregation in Guatemala can now read for themselves and understand because they have Scripture in their own language.