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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 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!

A season to train

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

Autumn is the season for training new members! Those who are getting ready to go overseas for the first time with Wycliffe Bible Translators are now well into their Assignment Related Training at the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy which is part of Redcliffe College in Gloucester.

Training finishes just before Christmas and the new members will be heading overseas in the New Year.

You can find more details about our two new members Sharon and Rachel on pages 22-23 of the new edition of Words for Life which is out now online and should be arriving through your letterbox in the next few days, if you have subscribed to receive a print copy.

Please also remember to pray for two other new members Nathan* and Becky*. As they are planning to work in two sensitive parts of the world, we can’t introduce them or their plans to you fully for security reasons.

Please join us praying for:

  • The staff training these new members, that they may communicate clearly and rachel-robinson-picture-d7k_5491support them well during this time of preparation.
  • Ask God to help the new members grasp new concepts well and learn all they need to know to tackle their first assignments successfully.
  • Pray that each one will find ways to stay close to God during this busy time of training, preparations and saying goodbye to family and friends.

Wendy and Jennifer, members of the Wycliffe UK personnel team, will be in Gloucester from 12th–14th December, to help these new members prepare for their work overseas. At this point they will have completed their technical training (for linguistics, literacy, or helping people to use the Bible in their daily lives). Wendy will be helping students to explore what it means to be ‘resilient’, how to survive transition, ways of preparing for the unknown, and the challenges of moral purity.

  • Please pray especially for these final few days of preparation – that Wendy, Jennifer and the new members will all enjoy their time together and that God will challenge each person where they need to be challenged and give peace where they have fears or concerns.

Subscribe to receive Words for Life free. It contains a daily prayer guide with prayer needs shared by personnel and projects around the world as well as articles and information.

*names changed for security reasons.

Font-tastic Mr Fox

Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Camilla

How much do you know about font design? If you’re like most people, it might never have even crossed your mind that such a thing existed. I interviewed Robert Fox*, one of SIL’s* font designers who is based in High Wycombe, to find out more on the subject.

NRSI-Scriptures-3 (2)Why do we need font designers?

Computers don’t understand all the writing systems in the world. People need fonts so that their computers, phones and tablets will be able to handle their language. A pencil’s been able to handle that language for a long time, but if you can’t type your language on a computer, you can’t communicate.

So what does a font designer actually do?

We create solutions for people. That means if there’s a language out there that cannot be used on a computer, because there’s no font available, then we will help source a font for them that contains all the letters of their alphabet. If it doesn’t exist, we’ll find someone who can help meet that need or we’ll meet it ourselves. We’ll design the font, and create it in such a way that it can be installed on computers, phones and tablets, and then develop a way to input it so that you can type it. And we work with people in the computing industry to be able to work as a team with them, to be able to solve these problems together.

How did you get involved in font design? Why did you choose that over another aspect of Bible translation?

My wife and I joined Wycliffe 25 years ago for me to do basic computer support. But while we were doing our training, I found out that there were folks in Wycliffe that were designing fonts! I thought that had to be the best job in the world! Within a few months they’d convinced us to not go directly overseas, but to serve as a font designer at the headquarters in Dallas, because I had the motivation and the talent and I thought that would be wonderful!

What’s your favourite part of the job?

One of the things I like most about the job is the variety of it. Because I need to be one third graphic designer, one third computer programmer, and one third linguist. And I need to mix those to do my job well. But if I had to pick one thing, I would choose to just design letters. I love drawing letters, making them work together.

Interested in font design? Want to know more? Find out how you could be involved.

*SIL is Wycliffe’s primary partner

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

Our IT guys don’t get a lot of attention, but they are in fact fundamental to the running of our office, and Bible translation efforts around the world. Right now, they need prayer as they are about to take our whole office through an all-encompassing systems upgrade.

AK0H0303In our post Stewarding our resources we asked you to pray for our strategic goal of being excellent stewards of the additional resources that we are asking God to provide this year. One way we are hoping to do this is through a significant systems upgrade which will go live in a few weeks’ time.

Paul, our head of IT, says:

‘What we’re aiming to do by go-live date is do the things we currently do, on a new system. However if that’s all we do then we’ve wasted time and money, so it’s important that we are able to do more, which is why we’re switching. This needs imagination from directors, as to what we might do, and for me to work out how to do it.’

A systems upgrade may not at first glance seem very important or relevant to Bible translation, but in order to support staff and projects overseas and relate well to the church in the UK, it’s crucial. Will you join us in praying for a smooth transition?

  • Please pray for wisdom and creativity to know how best to use the new systems and for Paul and the team to find good ways of doing those things.
  • We are only the second UK organisation to use these new systems. Please pray that we find any problems with the UK-specific features before we go live and that those problems are easily solved.
  • Paul is doing a lot of the setup work over the next two months. On top of this, he will spearhead a team rewriting procedures and train the whole office in using the new systems. Ask God to protect him and his family, give him strength and good health.

Remind yourself of our strategic prayer goals.

You can pray daily using the prayer diary in our magazine, Words for Life, which you can receive free by post, by email or online.

Preparing for launch

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 by Jo Johnson

At the end of July, the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy at Redcliffe College starts its new year of training, beginning with its Language and Culture Acquisition (LACA) course. LACA is the first course for those who have recently joined Wycliffe and are members in training.

ARTThis six-week course provides a good starting place for those who are expecting to live and work in a community whose language and culture they need to learn. The aim is to give course participants skills and tools to equip them to learn any language and culture, especially where formal language teaching is not available and students will be forging their own path in a completely new environment.

The team at CLTL are excited to be welcoming 16 students from the UK, Europe and New Zealand and are thankful for a full team of teachers and supporting staff to run the course. The college moved to the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral at the beginning of 2016. This has been a very positive move but is a very different environment, so will mean adjustments for staff who are used to past venues.

Please pray:

  • for safe travel for the students and their families and that those travelling from outside the UK can quickly transition into life in the UK
  • for a strong, caring and supportive community among the students and staff from day one
  • for the teaching team as they travel to Gloucester from around the world and have to quickly adjust to a different work environment
  • for students to be willing to step out of their comfort zones as they learn about new cultures and practice new and unfamiliar sounds in front of each other
  • that God will use the course to equip students for the next step in their journey

Find it challenging to know how to pray for Wycliffe workers? Use our resource God bless Justin to help you.

Did you know that we have fresh prayer requests on our Twitter prayer feed daily. Find us @wycliffeuk_pray.

Volunteer to make a difference

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

If you read Standing in the Gap regularly you will know that one of our strategic prayer goals for this year is for more workers. In our blog post More workers we focused on the need for more members, but not all the gaps need to be filled by someone working full-time or giving a long term commitment.

We are so excited that record numbers of people are applying to join us as members! However, we also need volunteers to serve both in the UK and overseas.

Fishing Benin 6It’s easy to feel that to be involved in Bible translation you need to have a very specific linguistic skill set. However we need people with all sorts of strengths: accountants, IT experts, administrators, and teachers to name just a few.

As we look to God to expand our ability to partner with churches and support projects both financially and in prayer we also need to increase our capacity to steward our resources well and we need volunteers to help us do that.

Remember, volunteers can play a significant role. At the moment one of the most urgent needs that we know of is for a qualified accountant to go and support Bible translation in Papua New Guinea. This role could be filled by a volunteer, and would provide much needed relief by filling a long-standing but crucial vacancy.

As you have been praying for more workers, will you also ask God to send us more volunteers?

  • Praise God that we are seeing many people joining as members.
  • Please pray that God will enable us to work more efficiently and effectively by providing volunteers to fill some of the gaps.
  • Please ask God to provide an accountant to go to Papua New Guinea and work with the team there.

Find out more about how to pray for our strategic goals.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering!

Why not encourage a small group you are part of to pray for Bible translation? Use one of our prayer goody bags and check out Focused prayer: Kingdom results for some creative ideas.

Finishing in God’s time: a new goody bag

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Jo Johnson

We know that translating the Bible so that it communicates clearly to readers without compromising any truth is not a quick process. It takes several years, different people and processes to arrive at the finished product.

Some projects however, seem to hit roadblock after roadblock which significantly slows down their progress. Our latest prayer goody bag Finishing in God’s time brings you stories from around the world of projects that have faced unprecedented challenges. Some of these projects have not been going very long, others are nearing the finish line but all face enormous opposition. Watch, listen or read their stories and then, using the guide for each project, pray for breakthrough.

Our goody bags are mobile device friendly. You can use them alone, with a few friends or in a bigger meeting. You can pray for individual projects, all those in a specific region or all the projects in one go. The choice is yours – pick and mix as God inspires you!

Make a difference today and pray that these projects will finish in God’s time. Check this goody bag out, share it with your friends and on social media.

Did you know that we compile several goody bags a year? Keep checking back or watch social media for details. Find us @wycliffeuk_pray on twitter or as Wycliffe Bible translators UK on Facebook.

Coming soon: Signs of transformation, your guide to praying for the impact of sign language Bible translation for Deaf communities.

New prayer resources: Goody bags!

Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Camilla

Goody bags are our video and audio resource packs designed to inform and inspire prayer for specific people groups and projects God has laid on our hearts.

Our goody bags are designed to be flexible – each one is mobile and tablet friendly, and can be used in small groups, larger gatherings, or in your private prayer closet.

All you have to do is pick a goody bag, then watch, listen to or read the story and pray – all you need is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV. Or, for larger groups, you can watch videos on a big screen and circulate the stories and prayer needs on real paper.

You’re free to pray for one project at a time, or all the projects from a specific region, or pray through everything in one go. You could even break people into groups and each group could pray for a different project. The choice is yours – pick and mix as God inspires you!

We hope you’ll be as excited about our new prayer goody bags as we are!

Check them out here!