Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Let's Make Certain We Have the Right Spirit!

I've mentioned before that I teach Bible once a week to a small group of women in a jail setting. Currently we are going through a series of lessons on the Life of Christ.

We have a variety of women who come into class, Caucasian and otherwise. Most of them are English speaking, but now and then we will have a Latino woman who does not read or understand English. We have Spanish Bibles on hand, but when it comes to studying the lesson I want to give them more than that, to bring them into the discussion, to allow them to see the main points of the lesson. Sometimes there will be a bilingual woman who can translate key points. Sometimes not.

I can count to ten in Spanish. Otherwise, "No Habla Espanol"!

I've found that I can translate simple sentences by using http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ . And while simple sentences "seem" to translate correctly, I do not try to translate grammatically complex sentences or unusual words. I've learned that I must keep it simple! There are pitfalls in using this program.

For instance, babelfish will correctly translate "Holy Spirit" to "Espíritu Santo". Even I can see that this is a correct translation.

But if I try to translate the single word Spirit (either alone or in a sentence), it translates "alcohol".

You can see that might cause a little misunderstanding! Especially if one is trying to state that God gives us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a helper!

I can credit my husband for discovering this program's propensity to err in regards to the Holy Spirit! In his classroom of 30 guys! (Hear me giggle!)

Today's Verse?
John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

And in Spanish? "Dios es espíritu, y los que le adoran deben adorarle en espíritu y en verdad."

Let's get it right!


Elle Bee said...

This made me smile for two reasons. One because of the alcohol-spirit translation mix-up and two, because you are such an amazing woman to minister to women in prison. What a beautiful thing to do. God bless you!

Elle Bee said...

PS I'd rather have peach pie too! Good choice. :o) Can I come over?

blushing rose said...

you made me chuckle & smile. How sweet of you to take that extra step to teach all ... you are a real blessing. TTFN~ Marydon

Denise said...

Enjoyed reading your blog.

ANother ovarian cancer survivor

Daria said...

That is pretty amazing what you do ... teaching Bible to women in jail.