Wycliffe Associates Providing Aid to Bible Translation Teams and Families in Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines
(Orlando, Florida, USA)—Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation, is raising emergency funds to assist Bible translation teams and their families in the Philippines whose homes, offices, and computer equipment have been destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the nation on November 8, killing over 5,000 people and displacing 4 million.
“Many of our Bible translation partners on the ground throughout the devastated areas of the Philippines are crying out for our help,” says Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, “and we are still trying to make contact with those who have gone missing.”
Of the 163 languages in the Philippines, only 100 have Scriptures translated in their heart language. There are 63 more that still need to be completed. Wycliffe Associates has been supporting Bible translation efforts in the Philippines over the decades with a variety of services, including construction projects and the recruitment of teachers for Faith Academy, a K-12 Christian International School with campuses in Manila and Davao City. Faith Academy has reported that its students and staff are safe following the typhoon.
Wycliffe Associates maintains the Missionary 911 Fund for ministry partners who are affected by natural disasters or civil unrest. The emergency fund provides help with evacuations, temporary housing, rebuilding, and the replacement of some belongings. Donations to the Missionary 911 Fund will provide immediate assistance to Bible translation partners, their families, and local citizens in the Philippines.
Wycliffe Associates involves people in accelerating the work of Bible translation through their time, talents, and treasure. Because millions of people around the world are still waiting to read the Scriptures in the language of their heart, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as they can to translate every verse of the Bible into every tongue to change every heart. The organization partners with nationals, mother tongue translators, staff, volunteers, and supporters to direct and fund these efforts, as well as provide logistics, networking, and technical support. Through a growing global network, Wycliffe Associates is striving to overcome local limitations of time and resources to achieve the goal of beginning the translation of God’s Word in every remaining language that needs it by 2025.
Last year, the organization mobilized 3,103 volunteers and staff members to accelerate Bible translation in 73 countries. Additional information is available at www.wycliffeassociates.org or by calling 1-800-THE WORD (1-800-843-9673).
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