Translation advisors help translate the Bible, of course, but there is more to it than that. Translation is actually a process that begins with language learning. It may also require the development of an alphabet if the language has no written form.
Why do you need to work well with a team? Because translators develop a team as they train nationals in translation principles. As the translation progresses, it needs to be tested, reviewed, and perhaps revised. All of this requires a detail-oriented person with patience, excellent communication and people skills, and a devotion to making the translation as accurate as possible.
Translation is about taking an unfamiliar language and making it your own. Itís about identifying a team who will commit themselves to the task, and then leading them throughout the many steps it takes over a period of years to bring a translation to completion. Itís about empowering people to express themselves in their heart language through the written word, and helping to make Godís Word clear to them, perhaps for the first time. Itís about helping people to feel pride in who they are, letting them know that God does speak their language and that they are His children.
The position of Translation Advisor is challenging, but in the end is very rewarding. The joy and blessings experienced at the completion of a project are unparalleled. Many people do not get to see the fruits of their labor, but a translation advisor knows their job has been well done when they see how peoples' lives are transformed when they can read and hear Scripture in the language of their hearts.