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Amanda Casanova

Religion Today Contributing Writer
An organization in Asia has announced that they were able to translate the bible in two months.
Wycliffe Associates (WA), a smaller organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators, said that a team in Asia was able to translate almost half of the New Testaments in just two weeks, according to Christianity Today.
“That part is the most difficult for people to believe,” said WA president Bruce Smith.
The announcement came after a minority group in Asia asked WA to help translate the bible for them.
To speed up the process, WA worked simultaneously on translating instead of working sequentially and the group also didn’t do any training on translation principles, such as proper names and key terms.
Thirteen translators worked on the project. They were divided into teams and each team worked on one of the four Gospels. The translators worked 12-hour days and reportedly translated about 34 verses per day.
Smith said he knew it was an “understandably absurd approach,” but the translator had “knowledge of their language and languages of the source text.”
"This is not the end of the story for either the [group of 13 translators] or for the parallel translation strategy,” Smith said. “We have a rapidly expanding number of partners and languages who want to test this strategy as soon as is practical.
"The great news about this is that it will not only increase the number of languages that have Bible translation in progress, but it will also significantly expand the team of trained facilitators-meaning that even more languages can benefit in the years to come."
Publication date: May 27, 2015
Malaysian officials have discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in the abandoned camps of people-smuggling gangs along the Malaysia-Thailand border. Christian Today reports hundreds of human trafficking victims could be buried there, as some of the graves contained multiple bodies. 
Some of the bodies showed evidence of torture; the 28 camps were discovered included barbed wired cages that could apparently hold hundreds of people, according to Relevant.
Joel Millman, of the International Organization for Migration, said that more graves are will likely be discovered in the coming days. 
The Malaysian government is now investigating to determine if forestry officials in the area were involved with the human-smuggling trade. 
Publication date: May 27, 2015
People around the world are praying for a North Carolina worship pastor and his wife who lost both of their children in a car accident. 
Christian News Network reports Pastor Gentry Eddings and his wife Hadley of Forest Hill Church in Ballantyne were riding caravan-style in separate cars when a box truck rear-ended Gentry Eddings’ vehicle, which was pushed into Hadley’s. 
Hadley Eddings, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed an emergency C-section. The baby, who the couple named Reed, died two days later. The Eddings’ two-year-old son, Dobbs, died en route to the hospital. 
Gentry and Hadley Eddings sustained minor injuries.
Matthew Deans, the driver of the box truck was charged with misdemeanor death by a vehicle. He said his brakes were not working. 
Forest Hill Senior Pastor David Chadwick wrote in a letter to the congregation, “Gentry and Hadley are beloved by us all. [Gentry] is a man of enormous integrity. They both possess a deep faith. But it will be challenged in the days and weeks to come like no other time.”
Publication date: May 27, 2015