Mission: Mission: Pioneer Bible Translators exists to disciple the Bible-less, mobilizing God’s people to provide enduring access to God’s Word.
Vision: Transformed lives through God’s Word in every language.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: Bible translation, literacy, and related mobilization and discipleship activities. Pioneer bible teams around the world are ministering to 26 million people in 62 different language projects in 14 countries. During 2014, pioneer bible personnel processed over 113,000 verses of scripture from one stage of the translation process to the next. This includes rough drafts, exegetical check, comprehension check, peer check, consultant check, published, and revised. Twelve new testaments and 1 full bible were completed in 2014, an unprecedented number of translation projects achieving a key milestone. Numerous individual books of the bible were published, along with other discipleship materials in local languages. Audio recordings in local languages were also produced.
recruitment. Recruiting new missionaries is key to the mission of pioneer bible. The organization had 43 new recruits in 2014. Pioneer bible held 31 recruitment events at colleges, churches and other conferences around the u. S. Through those events, about 6,000 people became aware of the need for bible translation and the role pioneer bible plays within this global need. About 120 of these are serious inquirers. Training new and current missionaries is an integral part of pioneer bible's mission. In 2014, personal and professional coaching was provided to 114 individuals preparing for cross-cultural work. A ministry practicum and planning course was offered in both the fall and the spring, and weekly chapel services were conducted throughout the year. The following workshops and seminars were also provided, training over 200 people during the year: discovery and discovery intensive, partnership development, bush mechanics and electronics, community health evangelism, communicating the gospel in an oral society, translation: relevance theory, leadership through coaching, scripture impact through medicine, team dynamics and primary health care. Ongoing training activities continued daily with new recruits and missionaries in transition.
missionary care - the care department served the missionary teams in numerous ways in 2014. There were dozens of re-entry contacts and pastoral care debriefs with returning missionaries. Over 2,500 written contacts were made to encourage and provide spiritual nurture as well as hundreds of calls. Hundreds of sessions were conducted with missionary teams to assist in re-entry and field challenges. The care department provided leadership for 5 major events - 2 different five-day prayer and fasting events, a field workers reunion, a parents of missionaries seminar, and a discover week prayer team. A fasting and prayer emphasis was initiated so that at least one person was fasting and praying each day of the year. A 24/7 prayer initiative continued with over one hundred people praying at least once a week. Two dozen chapel services were conducted and 1 overseas spiritual retreat held. Hospitality meals and lodging were provided for hundreds of missionary teams. There were 9 overseas trips taken by u. S. Based personnel to provide spiritual nurture, encouragement, and direction to field missionaries.
I was impressed by how they recruited and equipped the people they send to the mission field and then follow up with missionary care. While they send their recruits and seasoned staff to the unreached people groups of the world who have neither church nor Scripture, PBT makes sure their team is properly trained for cross-culture work. God has blessed them with substantial growth, in people, funding, and facilities over the last few years. When many organizations have been struggling just to keep even, this group has been growing. They've got to be doing something right if the Lord has blessed them at that level in these tough times!