Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Report on Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language


Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language
by
Janet and Geoff Benge

  "Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language" is about Cameron Townsend and his mission to translate the Bible to many different languages.
  After selling Spanish Bibles in Guatemala he realized that there were so many other languages that no bible had been translated into. He set out to start translating the Bible into the Cakchiquel language. While translating he met and married Elvira Malmstrom on July 9, 1919.  After finishing translating the New Testament into Cakchiquel, he was inspired to keep going, so he started on another language.
  He realized the great need for more Bible translators, so he began "Camp Wycliffe" a place to teach students to be translators and missionaries. The first camp only two students enrolled, but that did not bother Cameron. It was a start and that was what they needed. The next year they had seven students, and it just kept growing. Soon the Bible was being translated into hundreds of different languages.
   But while "Camp Wycliffe" was prospering Cameron's wife Elvira died with no children. Cameron was very sad when she died and felt very lonely. A few years later he met Elaine Miekle who was thirty. He asked her father permission to marry her even though he was 19 years older than her. Her father heartily agreed and they were married on April 4,1946. Elaine and Cameron had three daughters and one son together.
  Cameron continued his bible translating for many years and died on April 23,1982 at the age of eighty-five. Letters and phone calls poured in for Elaine from those who wanted to show how much Cameron meant to them. Even after his death, "Wycliffe Bible Translators" went on translating the Bible into many languages.
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1 comment:

  1. Great job, Mel! Now you need to do more ;-)

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