Lost in Translation

By YWAM Newcastle on November 4, 2014 in Discipleship Training Schools, Outreach, Training

According to Acts, God is a not a God whose will is left hindered, much less, undone, because of blockages in communication. His love is not exclusive, and His word cannot be stifled.  He is boundless with ways to tell every human being about His story and heart.

“Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in
different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.”
Acts 2:4

Our Spanish interpreter, Freddy, is a young El Salvadorian whom had never translated for anyone prior to us, making the experience puzzling, as well as mysterious– I never confidently knew what was uttered at either end.

This last week, our team was able to live and work in the mountain village of El Rosario. Many a time this past week, I would blankly stand between Freddy and a Salvadorian farmer, whilst switching my head back and forth as they conversed, and at the end of their ten-minute discussion, Freddy merely concluded,

“He has lived here a long time and has never met people like you.”

Guessing was a common technique which, usually, was slightly more accurate than vague. Nevertheless, the gospel sifted through all the layers of translation, as well as the understanding of it through the curious feedback, which resulted in eleven salvations by the close of our first week!

Communication could not hinder the ways we expressed His heart; we loved the people of we were with in potent doses of unsyllabled affection. We embraced them, played their games, ate their laboured-over meals, and on the last day, I personally bestowed my purity ring onto another young girl’s finger. As we made to leave, tears were shed and the whole village waved farewell.

“If I speak the languages of men and of angels,
yet have not love,
I am a resounding gong, or a
clanging symbol.”
1 Corinthians 13:1

God is profoundly unlimited — our limitations are not barriers to His capacity. Moses had a speech impediment, and God responded to him by asking:

“Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or
deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will
help you speak and I will teach you what to say.”
Exodus 4:11-12

When we yield our limitations and submit ourselves to Him, we are empowered to conquer impossibilities with God, and reach people through ways we would never have imagined probable.


Natalie Harvey

July DTS Student