About the Sperrs
David and Darlene Sperr know that the Lord commanded His people to “go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). Missionary aviation is involved in this. Many people are surprised to learn that even in the twenty-first century, there are nearly 1800 languages that still lack any of the Bible. Bible translation transforms lives and communities as the Bible-less begin to hear, read, and study the Word of God in their heart language. Bible translation is foundational to evangelism, church planting, and other Christian ministries that “go and make disciples.”
David has been given a gift in aviation. As a young boy, he was fascinated with flying and has now been a pilot and aircraft mechanic for over 30 years. In 2016, David transitioned to use his experience to work with JAARS (a sister organization to SIL International and Wycliffe Bible Translators). He will assist in the management of aviation projects, inspection and repair of aircraft, and the development of safe standards for reliable operation. Aircraft are especially effective in transportation efficiency. What may have taken days or weeks by boat or hiking through jungles or mountainous terrain, can now be accomplished in minutes and hours.
David evaluated how he would invest the remaining working years of his life. There are only two things that will last in eternity. People and the Word of God. For David, he has decided to invest his time in fighting Bible poverty in the world so that people groups without Scripture can know of God’s redemptive plan for them. It is Wycliffe Bible Translators’ goal, that by the year 2025, every language will at least have begun translation work into the Bible. This is a huge task, and David along with many others want to be a part of helping accomplish it.
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