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Another Roadside Attraction - WordSpring Discovery Center


WordSpring Discovery Center
11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard, Orlando 32832
(800) 992-5433; (407) 852-3626
www.wycliffe.org/wordspring

Admission: Adults $6, seniors (55+) $5, students (grades 1 to 12) $4, family (parents and all children) $20, children under 6 free
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; first and third Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: In southeastern Orlando; call for directions or get map on web site.

If you thought the Bible had long since been translated into every conceivable language, think again. Of the world’s estimated 6,800 languages, only an estimated 392 have the entire Bible.

Another 1,000 or so have a complete New Testament and 883 have at least one book of the Bible. Some 3,000 languages still do not have their own version of the Bible.

Wycliffe Bible Translators seeks to fill in most of the gaps and this compact and colorful multimedia museum chronicles the process and the challenges involved. Many of the interactive stations are designed with kids in mind, but adults will find them a lot of fun, too. At one, you can type in your name and get a printed certificate showing how it would look in six different languages from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to Klingon. At another, you can send an electronic postcard with your photo via email. Or you can listen in on Mazateco, a tonal Mexican language that can be spoken or whistled.

There are a number of special activities. Monday to Friday, at 10:00 a.m., there is a guided tour of the entire Wycliffe facility. At 1:00 p.m. on the same days, Face To Face features talks by various people involved in the Bible translation process. A to Z Adventures ($3 per child), which is presented once a month, gives kids a window on the cultures of different countries around the globe. If you’d like to return regularly for these activities and events, there is an annual pass available for just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.

There is a modestly priced cafeteria (open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and a small gift shop selling handicrafts from around the world at very reasonable prices. Surprisingly, there were no foreign language Bibles on sale when I last visited, with the exception of the surprise bestseller, Da Jesus Book, the Bible translated into very readable Hawaiian pidgin.

Nearby: Jesus Film Studio Tour.

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