Wycliffe Bible Translators was founded in 1953. Currently we have 367 people from the UK and Ireland who are serving 530 million people speaking 360 languages in 71 countries.
The very first Wycliffe members from the UK worked with people groups in South America, following the lead of Wycliffe US members. It wasn’t long, however, before UK members started to concentrate more of their efforts on Africa and unreached people groups there. Now, while UK members still maintain a strong focus on Africa, our member base is increasingly spread across more of the world.
Over the years, methods have shifted from British members going and translating the Bible for language communities, to our members coming alongside language communities and working in partnership with local colleagues, assisting mother-tongue speakers to translate the Bible themselves. Our tools and methods have also changed over the years – while paper and pencil are still useful in very early stages for making notes on the sounds that make up a language, laptops, specialist translation software and high-speed internet that allows for real-time communication over long distances can make all the difference in today’s Bible translation projects.
We are a member of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and partner with organisations worldwide in working towards universal access to the Bible.
The full Bible is now available in close to 700 languages, and the New Testament in over 1,500 languages. But with 1.5 billion people still without access to the full Bible in the language that speaks to them best, our vision of universal access is far from a reality, and the need for translation remains as great as ever.