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Preacher for a day

While visiting a new church, the pastor comes over to you just before the service starts and whispers in your ear that he’d like you to preach that morning. What would you do?

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Trimming more than the hedges

While visiting your gardener’s house, you notice a pair of your pliers amongst his things. They’ve been missing for a while, and you definitely didn’t loan them to him. What would you do?

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Judas’ Kiss

What Would You Do?

Now that you’ve discovered that your language has no word for ‘kiss’, you’ve come to translating the Bible passage where Judas betrays Jesus. Jesus points out the hypocrisy of greeting someone with a kiss while betraying them by saying, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” A literal translation would have no meaning. A meaningful translation would mention no kiss. What would you do?

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Ye Olde Testament

What Would You Do?

While doing translation checks in the community, some of the leaders of the area demand that you make the translation sound more formal (like the King James) or they’ll not accept it. They don’t like that the Bible sounds like normal language that everyone can understand, having grown up hearing it in ‘old’ Swahili. What would you do?

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The Feeding of the Fifteen

What Would You Do?

You’re in a village doing a translation check with 15 people. An hour into the meeting a number of random people show up and want to join in. You’ve only brought food and sodas for the 15 – besides, they’re late and aren’t going to be that helpful. Barring Jesus showing up and multiplying the provisions, what would you do?

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Re-called

What Would You Do?

(re-posted from old website)

You’re starting to feel like you’re established where you are and being effective at your translation work. Your family has finally adjusted, and you’re making good relationships in the Tanzanian community. But you’ve just gotten an email from your mission organisation telling you about a need for an administrator in another town, and asking you if you’d fill it. What would you do? (although we haven’t faced this yet, it’s quite a common scenario) (more…)

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Government handout

What Would You Do?

(re-posted from old website)

While visiting a government office to submit a form, a worker there tells you he’s hungry and wants you to give him some food. What would you do? (more…)

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