Ind. church raises $1M for Bible translations

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis church congregation has raised more than $1 million in donations to pay for new translations of the Bible.

The Indianapolis Star reports College Park Church on the city’s north side collected the money as part of an annual tradition to raise money for a cause other than church operations.

The offerings collected on the Sunday before Christmas often bring it more than $500,000.

Wycliffe Bible Translators of Orlando, Fla., will use the offering to translate the Bible into seven languages used by more than a million people in Asia.

Wycliffe spokeswoman Vicky Mixson says it’s the largest one-time donation from a single congregation in the organization’s history.

Wycliffe has translated the Bible into about 700 languages. A translation can take 20 years to complete.

Prison ministry leader named Baptist of Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Baptist Center for Ethics’ website has named the leader of a Nashville-based prison ministry its “Baptist of the Year” for 2013.

Linda Leathers is the CEO of The Next Door. The nonprofit provides programs to help formerly incarcerated women start over. They include job training, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and parenting classes.

The Next Door has helped more than 1,500 women over the past decade. The group now has residential transition centers in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. executive editor Robert Parham said in a news release that “Leathers represents the best of the goodwill Baptist tradition” because she is “rooted in the Bible with a commitment to social justice and mercy ministries.”

Associated Press