Southern Sudan - Bible translation in 54 languages despite violence

Posted by religion world Monday, March 3, 2014

We are still sending volunteers and aid to Bible translation activities in Southern Sudan….



Contact: Donn Hallman

Wycliffe Associates






Wycliffe Associates Continuing to Support Bible Translation Efforts in South Sudan at Critical Time in the Nation


(Orlando, Florida, USA)—Wycliffe Associates, a global organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation around the world, will be focusing its efforts in South Sudan on members of unreached people groups, many of whom are living in refugee camps.

Afraid for their very lives, thousands of refugees from Northern Africa who have fled their homes, their farms, and the land of their ancestors, live in crowded, unsanitary refugee camps. They have no way to work or grow food for their children. EXILED! These men, women, and children live without dignity, without joy . . . and worst of all, without hope.

And then when it seems life could not be any more difficult, those who sought safe refuge in South Sudan are now in danger again! The entire area is a hotbed of unrest. Recent reports are frightening: men, women, and children have been caught in the crossfire of battles between government and rebel fighters. Violence has surged throughout the country. The people of South Sudan do not know who to trust. They are lost and afraid.

“But in the midst of the turmoil, there is a ray of hope,” says Wycliffe Associates President/CEO Bruce Smith. “This ongoing conflict has created a fertile ground for seeds of faith in the most unlikely soil—that of refugee camps. More than ever, these refugees are open and hungry for hope and truth. They must have God’s Word in their heart language to cling to in the midst of such persecution and tragedy.”

An estimated one million South Sudanese, speaking 54 languages, are without the Scriptures in their own language. “We have an incredible, unprecedented, God-given opportunity to reach a generation of lost people in South Sudan,” says Smith.


About Wycliffe Associates

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 3,145 volunteers and staff members to accelerate Bible translation in 71 countries. Additional information is available at the organization’s website at or by calling 1-800-THE WORD (1-800-843-9673).


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