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A book for everyone

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Jo Johnson

Thank you for praying for the launch of the Baka New Testament and Genesis in March (Seeing with blind eyes). God answered your prayers in an incredible way; the event was able to take place, the books containing the New Testament and Genesis arrived and all the visitors were able to travel safely.

The launch celebrations were held in Maridi in the province of Western Equatoria. It was the biggest event held there – ever. Not only was it large but it was high profile; the governor of Maridi State and his wife as well as other dignitaries including a retired army general and bishops and archbishops of various denominations were in attendance.

Over 7000 people came along to join the 5 hour long celebrations which included speeches, singing and dancing, a meal, performances by local choirs and a showing of the JESUS Film in Baka. The film had been shown in Juba late last year but this was the first time it was shown in the Baka homeland.

We are so excited that this New Testament has been endorsed by both the Anglican bishop and the Catholic archbishop of the region. In the speeches it was made clear that this book containing the New Testament and Genesis is for everyone, it is not the possession of one denomination or another.

When the boxes of New Testaments were opened to sell, a big crowd surged towards the tables, waving their money in the air. As people got their hands on their copies they sat down and started reading immediately.

Please join us in thanking God for the amazing way that he answered our prayers. Please pray:

  • that the Baka will continue to read the New Testament in their language and that it will transform many lives
  • that God would bring peace to South Sudan and provide for those impacted by the famine

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GOfest is back!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Jo Johnson

Last year GOfest took a rest but is now back. It’s taking place at a new venue, Moorlands college, and instead of taking place over a weekend there is a new, one-day format. It’s all happening on 13th May 2017.

What is GOfest?

GOfest is a partnership of mission organisations working with local churches to bring you a dynamic, mission-focused event which aims to celebrate what God is doing in the world and inspire involvement in his mission locally and globally. Wycliffe is a key partner and we are so excited to see, hear and share what God is doing around the world.

Why should I come along?

  • God is at work around the world, come and find out more.
  • God wants the whole church to be involved in reaching the nations, find out how you can play your part.
  • The programme is packed with great speakers. Check out this video for more info!

Will you pray that God uses this event to glorify his name and challenge the church?

  • The planning team are in the final stages of planning for the GOfest event at Moorlands on Saturday 13th May. Pray for continued wisdom, creativity, and energy for the whole team.
  • Our keynote speakers for this event are Peter Baker (Lansdowne Church) and John Risbridger (Above Bar Church). Pray for them, as well as the seminar speakers, as they prepare to share what God has put on their hearts.
  • A number of mission agencies representing just about every nation of the world will be present on the day. Pray that many connections will be made that will help people engage in God’s mission.
  • Pray that we’ll have a full house on the day. Pray that those who attend will hear and respond to the challenge of being whole-life disciples engaging with the whole church, to reach the whole world!

Sign up for GOfest. We hope to see you there!

If you are free why not volunteer to serve on the day? Contact Stewart at askus@wycliffe.org.uk for further details.

Take The Next Step!

Monday, March 13th, 2017 by Camilla

The Next Step is an exciting three-day event where you’re invited to explore how you could be involved in bringing God’s word to people groups who are still waiting to hear God speak their language.

Close up of two feet walking into the distanceYou might be surprised at how varied the roles in Wycliffe Bible Translators are – they are not all language related, and they’re not all overseas! Come along to find out more about opportunities, hear stories from people already involved in what God is doing through Wycliffe, and learn about what it takes to really make the Bible available to a people group.

This time, The Next Step will take place at St Andrew’s Church in Cheadle Hulme (near Manchester), on 21-23 April. Because we want as many people as possible to attend, the event is free of charge (you just need to arrange for somewhere to stay, and sort out your own food).

Find out more, and register online.

First Steps on tour during February and March

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Alfred

First Steps, Wycliffe’s informative and inspiring introduction to the world of Bible translation, is coming to Cambridge, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and Nottingham this February and March!

Are any of these questions on your mind?:

What is Wycliffe’s work all about?

Why is it important for people to have access to Scripture in their heart language?

How could I be involved in what God is doing through Wycliffe?

Is it just for people who speak lots of languages?

If so, why not come along to one of our events! You’ll learn about how God is using people with a wide range of skills throughout the world to fulfil his mission and about how people’s lives are being changed by having access to Scripture. This inspiring event is going to deepen your passion for mission and desire to be involved with what God is doing worldwide – through prayer, supporting others, or by going!

We’d love to see you at one of our upcoming First Steps events:

Cambridge – Friday 3 February, Christ Church, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Edinburgh – Friday 10 February, Kings Church, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Belfast – Saturday 25 February, Ballyhenry Church, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Cardiff – Saturday 11 March, Highfields Church, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Nottingham – Saturday 18 March, Cornerstone Church, 6.30-9.30pm

Register online here for free!

Scripture use and swimming, linguistics and French cheese

Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Josh Oldfield

Where would you send 18 under-thirties to explore how they can be involved in Bible translation? I suspect the South of France might not be top of your list. Surely somewhere more exotic and dangerous – with insects for food and outside toilets? Something out of an old-school biography that more closely resembles a military academy than a family holiday?

TWSBut instead we find ourselves in Charmes-sur-Rhône, near Valence, in 35 degree heat. We swim, buy fresh bread, eat good cheeses – and we learn how the Bible can be translated. In enviable surroundings we learn how we can play a part in helping all language groups access life-changing Scripture.

So we are taught linguistics, literacy and Scripture engagement. We hear first-hand experience of translation projects. We learn about the realities of life in unfamiliar environments and how to work with a culturally diverse team. All of this is done in French and English, amongst a group from six nations, speaking 11 languages.

sword fight 2Every day is framed, morning and evening, by worship, a Bible reading, and prayer. Our singing is a chaotic mix of French and English and we often pray unsure if we are understood by those around us. But as we hear from the Bible in our own languages about our missionary God, we know that he cares for people from every nation and language. We are reminded that the Church has a mission, that our local churches live it out, and that we as individuals all play a part.

Much is said of God’s heart for the nations, of the translation work left to be done and of the sacrifices each of us will make in our own way – but there is never the sense that Wycliffe is for a certain ‘type’ of person. There are no superhero missionaries here, just everyday missionaries – self-professed language geeks, teachers, students and church interns, all exploring how their gifts can help serve God, their local churches, and those yet to hear God’s voice in their language.

Greater diversity required

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

In February we shared some reasons why you should come on the Two Week Stint and so many of you got excited and booked in that we have already had to close the bookings for participants from the UK and start a waiting list!

page-8-tws5The Two Week Stint is a bilingual workshop and retreat in the South of France, running this year from 17th – 29th July. People from across Europe join with Wycliffe Bible Translators UK and Wycliffe France for a cross-cultural and productive holiday, with plenty of opportunity for time spent with God and some adventure thrown in too!

However, at this stage, there are only three non-British people booked in. As in any situation where most people are of the same language and culture, it will be impossible for the camp to be a truly bilingual or cross-cultural experience for everyone unless more people of other nationalities join in. As this is one of the main purposes of the camp it is important that more non-British people decide to get involved in the next three weeks.

The Two Week Stint is a great opportunity to find out more about Bible translation and different ways of getting involved. Some of the participants from previous Two Week Stints are currently in training to work with Wycliffe overseas. We want this year’s participants to have the best possible experience.

So please pray:

  • For at least five or six more continental European participants to sign up in the next three weeks.
  • For the team as they prepare for the event.
  • For God to speak into the lives of everyone who gets involved.

Find out more about the Two Week Stint.

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Pray for i-DELTA 2016!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Camilla

Please join us in praying for an i-DELTA course running in Kenya from 30 May – 22 July.

What is i-DELTA? i-DELTA (Institute for the Development of Languages and Translation in Africa) is a bachelor-level programme specifically designed to equip African nationals with the skills they need to engage effectively in language development and Bible translation. The programme can be completed by attending 8-week courses over a period of 3 years.

i-DELTA 2015One of last year’s students from southern Ethiopia went to i-DELTA with a firm belief that the Old Testament was almost irrelevant for Christians today compared with the New Testament. By the end of the course, things had changed. Reading about the sacrificial system in the Old Testament had opened his mind to the real meaning of Christ’s death on the cross. God spoke to this young man’s heart about serving his community, and though he had previously been planning to study medicine, he now had a passion for language development and translation, and went home ready to get involved in language work.

This year, staff are expecting 34 students in total, from Madagascar, Cameroon, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zambia, Namibia and the USA.

This year’s i-DELTA staff members come from Ghana, Germany (working in Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia), USA (working across Africa, DR Congo, Sudan, and Kenya), England (formerly Mali and Kenya), and Kenya.

Pray with us for everyone involved!

  • Pray that this very diverse group of people would adjust well to each other and to Kenya.
  • Pray for the new students and staff to settle in well to the course.
  • Pray for safe travel for everyone, and a healthy stay in Kenya.
  • Pray that each person present will experience significant growth, both intellectually, socially and spiritually during these eight weeks.

Do something for Lent this year!

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Camilla

Lent is almost upon us! Even if you don’t attach spiritual significance to the forty days, it can be a great opportunity to step back, take stock and invest in something worthwhile. We wanted to share a few ideas from other organisations that might help you to re-plug into God’s word, prayer, and practising thankfulness and generosity. Have a browse below!

  • Lent ideas don’t have to be specially designed for Lent – it could be a fantastic time to think and pray for brothers and sisters around the world in hardship. Why not use resources from Open Doors to spend Lent praying for the persecuted church? You could extend the 40 days to 50, and spend a day praying for Christians in each country on their World Watch List, which highlights the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. three tips for better Bible reading
  • We love Stewardship’s encouragement to do Lent generously with their 40 Acts challenge. They offer three different levels of the challenge, depending on how far you want to stretch yourself, and will take you through the 40 days of Lent with a fun, interesting, creative, generous activity for each day. It could be showing love to your church family, buying fairtrade chocolate or living for a day on a fiver. It’s bound to make you think more about the details of your day and challenge you to live generously. (They’ve got 40 Acts for kids too!)
  • This year Christian Aid is offering a great Count Your Blessings challenge. There is a 1-2 sentence reflection to read each day, and a challenge to either pray for a specific need or make a small donation based on what you have (eg 10p for every year of education you have completed), and of course, you’re encouraged to count your blessings, one by one.
  • Author Margaret Feinberg finds Lent can be one of the most perspective-changing, hope-filled times of the year. She invites you to join her for a 40-day Bible reading challenge and let God speak to you through Luke and Acts this Lent.
  • If you want to spend Lent getting into the Bible in a new way, Desiring God offers three tips for better Bible reading, and a handy overview of how long it takes to read each book of the Bible.
  • And let’s not forget what comes immediately before Lent: tomorrow is Pancake Day! Locate your favourite whisk and brush up on your flipping skills. Why not have some friends over and talk about what God is doing in your lives and around the world, and encourage each other to do something for Lent!

 

For lots more activities, Bible studies and small group resources to help you get stuck into mission, visit our Resources page.

First Steps events coming up

Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Camilla

Got questions about what Wycliffe does and how you could be involved – either here in the UK or by going overseas? First Steps is an event specifically designed to answer those questions.

If you decide to come to an event, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly team and offered tea or coffee before we get underway at 10am, and the day will run until 4.30pm. The event is free of charge – all you need to do is get yourself there, and bring a packed lunch (this helps keep costs down).

Maggie and the others look forward to meeting you and answering your questions!

Maggie and the rest of the team look forward to meeting you and answering your questions!

On the day, there will be 3 or 4 Wycliffe members with experience in different roles and different parts of the world sharing about how they have seen God working. Interspersed are videos from around the world and there’s also a cross-cultural simulation, where you’ll be trying to buy things in a market somewhere overseas!

Every event is different with regard to numbers – sometimes there are 5 or 6 participants, other times 20! There’s plenty of time to ask questions informally over coffee and lunch, as well as a question and answer time with all the team.

We would love to meet you and share our vision with you for everyone in the world to be able to engage with the Bible in a language which speaks to their hearts. If you’ve got questions and want to know more about Wycliffe – please come!

First Steps event photoFirst Steps events coming up:

Saturday 6 February 2016, Newtownabbey
Saturday 27 February 2016, Orpington
Saturday 19 March 2016, Cheadle Hulme

Register online for free!

 

It’s finally here!

Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Camilla

This Sunday marks the kick-off of the long-awaited Two Week Stint. Participants will gather in a village called Charmes-sur-Rhône just south of Valence, France and have the opportunity to explore what Wycliffe Bible Translators does and where they as individuals might fit in in the sphere of international mission. There will of course be opportunities for drawing closer to God and enjoying local scenery or sightseeing.

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During the two weeks, participants will have the opportunity to take part in either the Language-lovers or Hands-on Educators track and learn more about one of these building blocks of Bible translation. Each morning, there will be time set aside for worship and Bible study to see how God’s mission impacts the participants today. Afternoons and weekends will allow plenty of time for guests to visit local attractions and take advantage of what the region has to offer.

Please pray:

  • For awareness to be raised amongst participants. For each one to gain a clear understanding of what Wycliffe does and our biblical mandate, and about more of the nature of cross-cultural work.
  • For the staff to embody unity and model Wycliffe’s values.
  • For participants to go further on the journey of realising God’s plan for their lives, and exploring whether Wycliffe is right for them and where they might fit in.
  • For God to use participants to advance his Kingdom and for his glory, both during the Two Week Stint and afterwards.
  • For participants to become part of a mission-minded community.

Have you missed going on the Two Week Stint but would love to find out more about Wycliffe? Why not attend one of our First Steps events around the UK during the winter.