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Ep. 274: Checking In With SRG’s Amy McClintock About Translation Service Providers

Today I welcome back to the program Amy McClintock, with the Strategic Resource Group, an organization that funds projects to reach unreached people groups in the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called MENA region of the world.

 Two years ago, I started reporting on a new initiative by the Strategic Resource Group that – if successful – could have a dramatic impact on the way we do Bible translation. They are using a so-called Translation Service Provider – an organization that normally translates contracts, treaties, movie scripts, books, and all manner of other material – to translate the Bible. The company it is using is called LinguaLinx. I wrote my first article about this process in August of 2021.

 But one aspect of this project that is different from those undertaken by traditional Bible translation organizations is the remarkable degree of transparency SRG has shown to me in the process. Last year, for example, I checked in with Amy and her predecessor in her role Jane Schoen, in both January and August of last year, and in January of this year, to get updates on the project.  And that’s what we are doing today. 

 The very fact that Amy and SRG are allowing me to have these regular check-ins is dramatically different from the way the Bible translation industry normally operates.  It’s an industry cloaked in secrecy and layers of bureaucracy.  In fact, for the past three years or so, I’ve written about 30 articles on the industry and its practices, and I’ll have links to some of those articles in today’s show notes.  I encourage you to check them out.

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 The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh.   We get database, technical, and editorial support from Stephen DuBarry, Christina Darnell, Rod Pitzer, and Casey Sudduth.   

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 Links Mentioned in Today’s Program

Here is a list of articles we have written about the Bible translation industry, from oldest to newest:

When Is A Bible Translation Not A Bible Translation – May 14, 2020


Bible Translation At A Crossroads – June 30, 2020


Translation Service Providers Could Be Paradigm Changing – August 5, 2021


Just How Broken Is The Bible Translation Industry – September 21, 2021


Outsourcing Bible Translation? – January 17, 2022


List of 50 Largest Bible Translation and Missions Organizations – May 2, 2022


 Translating The Bible in a New Way:  A Conversation with Jane Schoen – August 10, 2022