Last Spring, three IT students and a professor from Corban University in Salem, Oregon, provided much needed help to Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL), a Wycliffe USA partner organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. BTL uses software managed by Wycliffe to handle its personnel records, but this software works best on a high-bandwidth Internet connection—something difficult to find in East Africa.
BTL needed a solution, and that’s where the group of Corban students came in. Led by computer science professor Eric Straw, they traveled to Kenya to help design databases and user interfaces so BTL’s human-resources staff can do their job serving translators and support workers in the field.
Eric writes, “The project was ideal for a group of three seniors. My students—John Shaw, Joel Martini, and Neil Mayfield—did an amazing job. These students have been working on this project since the beginning of Fall term, even though the official course runs only during this Spring semester. They have shown extreme commitment and enthusiasm for their work. BTL was pleased and excited about the capabilities of the software. We came home with updates, changes, and improvements, which these students will continue to work on throughout this semester. We also came home with two new modules to code for the human-resources software. These modules will be held over for students in next year’s Senior Project course.”
IT work plays such a vital role in Bible translation. With it, translators can’t use the programs and unique software necessary for their linguistic work.
Use your IT skills to give God’s Word!
You can support Bible translation and help unreached people experience Scripture in a language they clearly understand just like these students did.
Come learn how at the Technology and Translation (TNT) conference!
You’ll be able to talk one-on-one with missionaries in the IT field and dream about how God could use you to bring His Word to people around the world. Interact with speakers from Wycliffe IT, meet overseas missionaries via Skype, view our unique language software demos, and tour the IT operations at one of our US centers.
Our next two events will be in Dallas, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, this Fall. For more information or to register, visit www.missiontec.com
Come to our next IT event!
DALLAS TNT EVENT:
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2011
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Seed Company
3030 Matlock Road, Suite 104
Arlington, TX 76015
ORLANDO TNT EVENT:
Nov. 4-5, 2011
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wycliffe USA Headquarters
11221 John Wycliffe Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32832
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