What We Do

Community Development

Wycliffe Associates works with some of the most marginalized language communities in remote locations around the world! The churches who are translating God's Word into their heart language often do not have access to clean water, supplies during natural disasters, and other basic needs. Our community development team works through national Bible translation partners to provide  the tools and training needed to acquire access to clean water and other basic necessities.

Here are some ways your donations help advance Bible translation through our Community Development Ministry:

Operation Clean Water

Millions of people around the world—children and adults alike—don't have clean water to drink, let alone for bathing or cooking. No one can live without fresh, clean water. In many areas, it's impossible for Bible translators to work because water is so unavailable. Where translators are able to work at all, their work is slowed down by the ceaseless quest—the desperate need for clean water. This is far more than just a problem for translation teams, however. Accessing clean water is a life-or-death struggle for multitudes of the people that Wycliffe Associates is trying to reach with God's Word—and many are losing this battle. You can help give them the desperately needed gift of clean water—and along the way, give them the life-giving gift of God's Word in their own language. Give the gift of life-saving water through Operation Clean Water today.

Eye Glass Program

Research shows that up to 80 percent of people over the age of 35 who live in tropical zones need some form of vision correction due to high UV exposure. The Wycliffe Associates Eye Glass Program works with Bible translators during their MAST training, providing access to reading glasses so that newly translated Scripture can be read. The program seeks to work with local suppliers as well as provide microbusiness opportunities that support Bible translation and literacy efforts in the most remote locations of the world!

Please give generously to help Bible translators have clear vision.

Community Water System Outreach

Wycliffe Associates provides equipment and training to remote villages to help them gain access to clean water. Serving communities with clean water access builds relationships that set the stage for providing the message of God's amazing love through Bible translation! Our community development team enables communities to own the process of constructing sustainable water systems.

Please help remote villages that need sustainable water systems by giving a generous donation.

Biosand Filters

Sometimes the best solution for clean water access is to filter an existing contaminated water source. Biological sand filters are commonly used in municipal water systems in Western countries. NGOs have worked hard to adapt the technology to a household size called Biosand filters. The Wycliffe Associates community development team helps provide access to basic tools and training so that microbusinesses that make and sell Biosand water filters can thrive. Your donations will assist communities in the training process and help those who are most vulnerable—the ill in clinics and children in schools.

Christopher is one of four microbusiness owners who construct Biosand filters in a remote area of Cameroon. Training teams have traveled to Indonesia, Paraguay, Cameroon, and countries in Asia.

Please give generously so that Biosand water filters can be built for every family unit improving the health of adults and children. Pray that this program will open the door for Bible translation in their heart languages.

Bible Translation Training Center Water Systems

Bible translation happens in locations that vary between urban training centers and remote village locations.

Around the world, the community development team assists Bible translation training centers with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Without a clean water supply and sanitation facilities, Bible translation teams would spend a significant amount of their time hauling water from local streams and other water sources that are often contaminated. They would also be exposed to unhealthy situations where they would be vulnerable to sickness and disease. Various types of water systems are designed and constructed based on the availability of clean water sources and the type of water system a training center can maintain. Water wells, water catchment systems, rainwater harvesting, and water filtration systems are some of the possible solutions that provide access to clean water. An adequate water supply is a critical piece that allows a sanitation system to function as well as water needed to clean the facilities. A shortage of water means that sewage accumulates, resulting in unsafe sanitary conditions that lead to disease.

Your donation will help Bible translation training facilities run training programs at capacity with safe sanitation and clean water

Rainwater Harvesting and Spring Water Catchment

Rainwater harvesting systems are a great solution in many remote locations where Bible translation is taking place! Water storage is the key. Many remote locations require a tank to be built on site. Ferro cement tank construction is a cost-effective way to provide water storage in the most remote places, especially those without road access! Water that flows from the side of a mountain can be a great source for clean water if a catchment system is built to secure the source from contamination. Engineers and local experts work together to design systems that catch clean water and distribute it to water outlets in villages below. Gravity feed systems are virtually maintenance free and provide a sustainable source of clean water. Properly designed systems also stabilize mountainsides that are susceptible to erosion!

Please give generously to help remote villagers get clean water and Scripture in their heart language.

Natural Composting and Drip Irrigation

Most national Bible translators are subsistence farmers. Wycliffe Associates encourages and demonstrates the use of natural composting to build up organic material in the soil. The dry season is extreme in most tropical countries. Malnutrition is a major problem in many remote villages. Composting and drip irrigation can have a huge impact even improving health and nutrition.

Please give generously to help Bible translators, their families, and communities live healthy lives.

Hand-Dug Wells and Boreholes

Hand-dug water wells and boreholes provide access to clean water at Bible translation training centers and in many communities around the world. The community development team provides access to basic tools and training so that communities can safely dig or drill their own water wells. Wycliffe Associates is positioned in a unique way to hear the requests for clean water and for God’s Word in their own languages. Our presence in remote communities allows us to assist them when they are ready to change or improve their community. Those who request assistance are willing to work hard and provide many of their own resources to improve their lives in amazing ways!

Your donation can make a difference in the life of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in the world—those with no access to God's Word in their language!

Please give generously to help advance Bible translation through Community Development