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Fact Sheet

Who We Are:

Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates is a ministry accelerating the work of Bible translation around the world.

Our Ministry:

Wycliffe Associates accelerates the work of Bible translation by empowering national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own heart language; partnering with the local church to guide and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word; and engaging 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 heart, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as we can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. We are directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. By empowering Mother Tongue Translators and the local church around the world, we are striving to achieve the goal of having a Bible in every language by the year 2025.

Achievements:

  • Currently Accelerating the work of Bible translation in 76 countries
  • 351 new translation projects started in 2016 using Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST) workshops
  • Last year mobilized 7,097 volunteer and staff members to accelerate Bible translation in 76 countries
  • Installed 549 Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs) in 48 countries for 793 language communities since started installing BTAKs
  • 1,519 Tablets for National Translators (TNTs) were distributed in 38 countries in 2016
  • 59 Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRKs) were distributed in 38 countries and 24 unwritten language translations were started in 2016
  • 56 Print On Demand (POD) systems have been deployed in 20 countries to date
  • Improved hundreds of facilities for Bible translation around the world

Language/Translation Facts:

  • Languages currently spoken in the world: 7,097
  • Languages that need a Bible translation project started: 3,771
  • Languages that have Scripture: 2,932; of these, 555 have an adequate Bible, 1,333 have an adequate New Testament, and 1,045 have at least one book of the Bible
  • Total number of languages in which Bible translation is in progress: 2,771

Key Personnel:

  • Bruce Smith, President/Chief Executive Officer
  • Deborah Bartow, Vice President of Recruiting
  • Tim Neu, Vice President of Finance
  • Frank Nolan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • Brent Ropp, Vice President of Operations
  • Mark Stedman, Vice President of Technology

Contact:

Shelly Waterson, Director of Marketing and Communications
(207) 298-9139
shelly_waterson@wycliffeassociates.org