Democratic Republic of the Congo - pictures from the mission field

Posted by religion world Tuesday, August 2, 2022 0 comments

This shot was taken in the last 8 months from a missionary who passed it along to us at Wycliffe Associates. These are coffins being distributed in response to civil unrest in the DRC

 

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Attached is our Press Release on how Community Development projects are giving access to language groups needing translation of the Bible

 

Donn Hallman – 714-222-5079

www.wycliffeassociates.org

 

 

Wycliffe Associates’ Operation Clean Water Creates Outreach Opportunities for Local Churches in Asia and Africa - Wycliffe Associates | Accelerating Bible Translation

 

(Orlando, Florida, USA)—Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is building bridges for sharing translated Scripture in Asia and Africa by providing clean water systems in remote communities.

“We’ve seen how God uses a clean water system to draw men, women, and children to faith in Christ,” says Stephen Martin, Vice President of Field Development. “At the water stations pastors and national Bible translators sometimes read aloud the Scriptures they’ve most recently translated.”

Through its Operation Clean Water initiative, Wycliffe Associates supplies tools and training for local Christians to dig water wells and build clean water systems for their villages.

National Bible translators work to deliver the translated Scriptures to their language communities, yet many of the people they hope to reach with God’s Word are struggling to survive without clean water.

Little to no clean water is available to them, and sometimes the only water they can access is filthy and disease ridden. In some cases, the nearest water source is located hours from their homes, reachable only on foot over difficult, dangerous terrain.

“A clean water source becomes a hub for an entire community, a place where believers will share the newly translated Word of God with their friends and family members,” says Martin.

In one village, a woman known as “Alina” (real name withheld for security reasons) struggled to care for her husband and three children. She made a long, daily trek to the nearest river, where she retrieved dirty water for her family.

Then local Bible translators and church leaders installed a clean water system in the heart of her village. On the first day she went to the water station, a local pastor was reading aloud from the Bible in Alina’s language. Alina gave her life to Jesus Christ that same day. When she returned home with the clean water, she told her husband what happened. A week later, he attended a church service with Alina, where he, too, heard the Scriptures in his language. Now Alina and her family are committed Christians and are active in their church.

Wycliffe Associates has built 38 water systems and plans to construct additional systems in Africa, Asia, and South America over the next year.

 

About Wycliffe Associates

One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Associates was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe Associates is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translation all over the world. For more information, please see www.wycliffeassociates.org.

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Press Release - Nigeria Relief

Posted by religion world Monday, November 15, 2021 0 comments

 

We partnered with a church in Nigeria to get relief to areas impacted by terrorist attacks.  Attached is our release.

 

Donn Hallman

714-222-5079

 

https://wycliffeassociates.org/press-releases/wycliffe-associates-partnering-with-nigerian-church-to-bring-relief-and-hope-to-victims-of-islamic-militant-attacks/

 

Wycliffe Associates Partnering with Nigerian Church to Bring Relief and Hope to Victims of Islamic Militant Attacks

 

(Orlando, Florida, USA)—Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is working to relieve suffering for Nigerian Christians through its Emergency 911 Fund.

Between January and August of 2021, more than 267 people in Nigeria have been killed, 246 houses have been burned, and more than 20,000 hectares of farmlands have been destroyed by Fulani Jihadists. In August, 2021, Fulani Jihadists attacked more than 17 villages and killed 70 people. Fifteen communities within the Zonzon and Zonkwa districts have been completely razed.

“Bible translators and their families have been on the run—trying to find safe shelter and security wherever they can,” says Tabitha Price, Vice President of Translation Services at Wycliffe Associates. “Fear and terror have gripped these believers as they suffer tragic losses and hopelessness.”

The crisis has been created by a twofold problem: Islamic militant groups like the Fulani Jihadists and Boko Haram are intent on eradicating Christianity, and dwindling grazing lands are forcing Fulani herdsmen into Christian communities

In addition, Boko Haram has publicly declared its mission of eliminating Christianity in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, and entrenching Shariah law throughout the nation, which is 53.5 percent Muslim.

The Southern Kaduna region of Nigeria has become a hot spot where militants are carrying out killing, banditry, kidnapping, and destruction almost daily. Meanwhile, a case study in the Miango community has recorded more than 200 widows and approximately 800 orphans.

Wycliffe Associates has partnered with the relief foundation of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nigeria to provide emergency aid to those who have been attacked or affected by the attacks, especially widows and orphans. Wycliffe Associates is currently raising funds to send to the ECWA.

The ECWA is the largest single evangelical church in the northern part of Nigeria and has suffered severe attacks and casualties, including the murders of its own church members and an ECWA pastor.

Along with providing food, bedding, and clothes, ECWA hopes to purchase building materials to help victims renovate their houses when security improves, and they can return to their villages.

 

About Wycliffe Associates

One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Associates was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe Associates is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translations in 64 countries. For more information, please see www.wycliffeassociates.org.

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Radio signals directed to isolated language groups in closed countries and regions is allowing Bible translators to get the job done.

 

Thank you!

 

Donn Hallman

 

 

https://wycliffeassociates.org/press-releases/wycliffe-associates-turns-to-old-technology-to-bring-the-scriptures-to-isolated-language-groups/

 

Wycliffe Associates Turns to “Old” Technology to Bring the Scriptures to Isolated Language Groups

 

(Orlando, Florida, USA)— Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has begun transmitting Bible translation training and ministry support materials via radio signals.

The organization has discovered language groups in isolated places that are without the Scriptures in their language and can’t be reached by other Bible translation strategies.

“Who could have predicted that God would take us back to radio, a communication technology 70 years older than Wycliffe Associates?” says Tim Neu, Chief Operations Officer. “Yet this is the only means of reaching some people, even in 2021. It takes the ‘old’ to bring in the new.”

Some of the language groups are located in geographically isolated places without infrastructure, roads, or access. Other language groups are unreachable due to repressive governments that are opposed to the Christian faith. The Internet is monitored, and it’s impossible for Christians or Americans to travel to these regions.

“In our earliest efforts, the results have been amazing,” says Neu. “In one African country, we broadcast into a majority-Muslim region. A believer immediately made his way to a telephone, found a way to speak without being overheard, and called us. In spite of the dangers, he was eager to start translating Scripture for his people.”

Wycliffe Associates plans to reach 35 new language groups by training mother-tongue translators via radio, reaching across borders to teach Bible translation methods to local believers.

“We have workers ready to begin Bible translation training and support broadcasts,” says Neu.

Wycliffe Associates currently has Bible translation projects underway in 748 languages. To date, the organization has facilitated the completion of 481 New Testaments.

Through its Church Owned Bible translation approach, Wycliffe Associates provides resources, training, tools, and support to empower national Bible translators to translate the Scriptures for themselves as they work in conjunction with their local churches.

 

About Wycliffe Associates

One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Associates was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe Associates is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translations in 68 countries. For more information, please see www.wycliffeassociates.org.

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May Press Release - "Safe Haven"

Posted by religion world Tuesday, May 4, 2021 0 comments

Here is our May Press Release on how Bible Translators are working around the persecution they face.

 

Thanks

 

Donn Hallman

www.wycliffeassociates.org

 

https://wycliffeassociates.org/press-releases/wycliffe-associates-plans-to-establish-safe-haven-in-countries-for-bible-translators-facing-persecution/

 

Wycliffe Associates Plans to Establish “Safe Haven” in Countries for Bible Translators Facing Persecution

 

(Orlando, Florida, USA)— Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that equips mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, plans to establish a safe haven in countries for mother-tongue translators who are at risk of intense persecution, even death, because of their faith.

The facility, which will be located across the border from an undisclosed country, will function as a “launchpad” for Bible translation projects in difficult and dangerous regions of the world that potentially will serve millions of people.

“We need to stand with these believers,” says Tim Neu, Interim President/CEO of Wycliffe Associates, “especially seeing how much they have suffered and sacrificed for the cause of Christ.”

Wycliffe Associates has partnered with someone who previously was imprisoned and tortured for his Christian faith. After his release and escape to a nearby country, he was able to purchase land.  His goal is to establish a facility for mother-tongue translators to safely work and collaborate. Wycliffe Associates is currently raising funds to build a facility on the land.

“God is putting the pieces together,” says Neu. “We can be a part of providing them a safe place to translate the Bible!”

Through its Church Owned Bible Translation initiative, Wycliffe Associates partners with local churches that need translations of the Bible in their own language by providing mother-tongue Bible translators with training, equipment, technology, and support to facilitate Bible translation for their language groups.

The organization provides tools such as computer tablets loaded with Bible translation software, Print OnDemand equipment, and Bible Translation Recording Kits consisting of equipment and software to record audio Bible translations in languages that are not written down.

In 2020, Wycliffe Associates helped launch 294 new Bible translation projects and is currently accelerating the work of Bible translation in 68 countries, with 751 Bible translations in progress.

“The Christians are asking for Bibles. They are willing to face the dangers because they are more passionate about God’s Word than they are about their own safety,” says Neu. “We can give them the Scriptures that will speak to the struggle and pain our brothers and sisters in Christ face as they live in this difficult region.”

 

About Wycliffe Associates

One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Associates was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe Associates is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translations in 68 countries. For more information, please see www.wycliffeassociates.org.

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Press Release - Record Number of Bible Translations in 2020

Posted by religion world Monday, February 1, 2021 0 comments

Wycliffe Associates announced the completion of 141 New Testaments in 2020 despite the COVID pandemic.

 

Donn Hallman

 

https://wycliffeassociates.org/press-releases/wycliffe-associates-sees-record-number-of-completed-bible-translations-in-2020/

 

Wycliffe Associates Sees Record Number of Completed Bible Translations in 2020

 

(Orlando, Florida, USA)— Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, saw the completion of more Bible translations in 2020 than in any other single year.

“Instead of slowing down because of COVID-19, for some national Bible translators, translation has actually accelerated,” says Tim Neu, Interim President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates.

New Testament translations were completed in 141 languages, and eight languages now have completed translations of the Old Testament.

“I’ve been humbled to see how believers in difficult areas, some in places of intense persecution and real danger, have been absolutely unwavering in their dedication to the cause,” says Neu.

The organization facilitates new translation start-ups through workshops that teach mother-tongue translators Bible translation methodology for accelerated Bible translation. The process trains mother-tongue Bible translators to work collaboratively to translate the Scriptures for their language communities.

Last year in response to the COVID pandemic, Wycliffe Associates launched a web-based approach that enables mother-tongue translators to participate remotely in a virtual Bible translation event and collaborate throughout the translation and checking process.

“COVID lockdowns kept Bible translators home,” says Neu, “but our online Bible translation system enabled many to continue their work together.”

It takes $19,500 to launch a Bible translation in a new language. Currently Wycliffe Associates has 773 Bible translations in progress and has received requests from 273 language groups seeking help with launching Bible translations in 2021.

 

About Wycliffe Associates

One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Associates was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe Associates is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translations in 68 countries. For more information, please see www.wycliffeassociates.org.

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