An Accelerator for Bible Translation
The send/receive function in Paratext—the main Bible translation software—stopped working for Maya*, a translator, for several months. This Paratext feature is important because it stores a translation project’s information in a central location. If multiple people in the project work from different locations, they can do a send/receive and easily obtain the latest update in the translation project.
Without this feature, Maya’s team had to copy their work onto a flash drive, then laboriously copy the work from the drive—one-by-one—onto each of their computers. Since Maya’s team members don’t live close together, it took days to acquire the latest version of the Scripture, and sometimes version-related issues cropped up.
Recently, Maya attended an Advanced IT (Information Technology) training at the Wycliffe Center in South Asia. Their IT department, like the accelerator in a car, helps projects like Maya’s speed up and continue without screeching to a halt. “IT plays a significant role in the Bible translation work,” Jack*, the CEO of Wycliffe in South Asia says. “Our [IT] team works with translation teams on a day-to-day basis supporting them to use various features of the software.”
After trying several options to fix Maya’s send/receive function, the IT personnel at Maya’s training realized an antivirus security setting was blocking the send/ receive function. “Once we fixed it,” Jack relates, “the joy in Maya’s face was immense.”
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*Names have been changed for security purposes.