“In this collection,” he continues, “we are thinking of two things. First, we’re preserving transmission of Scripture as the printed word, from hand transmission to printed transmission.” He points to a large painting on the wall. “This is the Venerable Bede in the 8th century. He is dictating the Gospel of John to a young man, and this captures what was considered a very important part of Church leadership — to see to it that manuscripts were transmitted for the sake of the next generation.
“Second, we are celebrating those who worked long hours to give people across the world Scripture in their mother tongue. We know that some left this country carrying their own coffins, going to West Africa, where because of the mosquitoes they knew they would not come back. They were right. None of them came home, they all died on the mission field. They understood the importance of what they were doing. The collection is a daily reminder of the sacrifices that Christian missionaries made to present native languages in written forms, eventually translating the Bible into respective mother tongues.”