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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.

GOfest 2015 – What an event!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Nick

We are only just coming down off a high from Gofest 15, which happened last weekend (19th-21st June) in Bulstrode. It. was. fantastic! Two and a bit days were spent focusing on how God is moving both locally and globally and how the church can celebrate and get involved. The main meetings were led by three great main speakers: Rosalee Velloso Ewell, James Hudson Taylor IV and Dr Joseph D’Souza, each of whom covered one of the different areas of GOfest 15’s focus – Whole Life, Whole Church and Whole World.

From worship to teaching, throughout the weekend we were joined by some amazing people with a wealth of experience. Pete James headed up worship in the main tent and seminars were held by over 17 speakers who shared their experiences and insights into the different fields of mission throughout the world around us.

If you weren’t there, definitely check out the GOfest YouTube channel for videos from the event, some of the main meeting talks have already been uploaded!

From toilet cleaners to speakers, a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible.

What’s next for GOfest? GOfest will be returning next year, but changes in the details and venue are yet to be worked out. Visit the Gofest Facebook page and follow @go_festival on Twitter for any and all future updates.

30 Days of Prayer: loving the world

Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Jo Johnson

 

The world has been horrified by violent fundamentalist Muslim activities recently, and for many it’s provoked hostility toward Muslims generally. However it’s important for us Christians to remember that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Knowing how to express God’s love to the world can be difficult, especially to followers of other religions. A good place to start is to pray for them. Did you know that in the last 50 years more Muslims have come to Christ than ever before in history? Some attribute this to a growing momentum of prayer for the Muslim world, especially the 30 Days prayer movement:

30days‘In 1992, a handful of Christians meeting in the Middle East were challenged to pray for the Muslim world. They were moved by the revelation of God’s love for Muslim people and challenged to have a greater understanding of how to participate in God’s purposes for the Muslim world.

They prayed and fasted for 30 days. Today, millions of Christians around the world join them every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan. As Muslims pray and fast during this time, so do Christians, following the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer guide which offers new information, statistics, stories and photographs from all over the Muslim world to help them pray more effectively.’ (More from the website.)

This year 30 Days of Prayer runs from 18th June to 17th July. How are you going to get involved?

Want to find out more about what God is doing in the Muslim world? Come to GOfest – a mission-focused conference (19-21 June) where you’ll be able to hear from experts, including Dr David Garrison, sharing what God is doing in the Muslim world and receive teaching on how to pray more effectively for them.