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Wycliffe Bible Translators

Presbyterians have engaged in the work of Bible translation for generations. Helping people gain access to God’s word in the language they understand is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission – and the Great Commandment. Hundreds of Presbyterian congregations continue to help carry out that legacy today by supporting Wycliffe Bible Translators, the world’s largest ministry for Bible translation, with their prayers, time, and gifts.

Today about 350 million people do not have any Scripture in their language. Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people. In the process, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development, and church partnerships. Bible translation can provide individuals with both spiritual and physical freedom as God’s Word becomes flesh, speaks their language, and transforms their lives for the better.

Help Reach the Last Languages

The Presbyterian Foundation is partnering with Wycliffe Bible Translators in support of the Last Languages Initiative – connecting Presbyterian congregations and individuals with this critical ministry in an effort to see translation work begun in every language group that still needs it by 2025.

The majority of the remaining translation needs represent minority languages—relatively small people groups, many of which struggle to maintain their identity in the shadow of majority culture. Most of these languages are located in three regions of the world—Central Africa and Nigeria, Mainland and Southeast Asia, and Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.

How You Can Help

PRAY:
Resources include: Wycliffe’s prayer blog, updated daily with new requests; the Bibles Peoples Prayer Project, where interested supporters can receive specific prayer needs for a people group and updates about their translation progress; opportunities to pray for a Wycliffe missionary; and more. Visit www.Wycliffe.org/Pray for more information.

GIVE: With your partnership Wycliffe can help reach the Last Languages Initiative.

GO: Not only are people needed to work in language development and Bible translation, but many are also needed in essential jobs such as teaching, IT, and management. There are also many short-term service opportunities with Wycliffe for all ages and walks of life.  Learn more at www.Wycliffe.org/Go.

For more information on the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators and how you can help, visit Wycliffe on the Presbyterian Mission Exchange.
 



The resources listed are also available to help you promote the Last Languages Initiative in your organization.  Click on the image to view larger PDF.  Visit the Presbyterian Foundation's Print Resource Center to place your order.

     
       

 

Benefits of Bible Translation

Literacy:
Translation teams
teach people to read and write by creating an alphabet, developing language primers, and publishing material in the local language.

Cultural Preservation: With a written language, history, songs, and traditions can be documented.
Health Education: Translation programs help provide everything from general health and hygiene materials to education about HIV and AIDS.

Trauma Healing: Materials, workshops, and seminars provide a biblical approach to helping people recover from acts of violence, war, and other widespread trauma.

 

 

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