Wycliffe Bible Translators has announced this year’s plans for GradTeams and Experience, two of its major opportunities for people to find out more about the work of Bible translation. A GradTeam will start in August with training in the UK before heading to Southeast Asia in late September. Experience will run as a pair of two-week camps in June and July, with online and in-person options.
Announcing the plans, Neil Graham, Wycliffe’s Director for Churches, says: ‘It’s very exciting to announce these two opportunities today. This past year has been so difficult in so many ways – not least for all those involved in event planning. However, we are hopeful that as restrictions ease later in the year, there will finally once again be the opportunity to run some physical events and programmes, and so we are delighted to offer both a GradTeam and two Experience camps.’
The 2021 GradTeam will provide a team-based environment where participants live, learn and serve together with other 20–30 year olds who follow Jesus. Initially, the team will have six weeks of training in the UK. Then participants will serve overseas in Southeast Asia for six to eight months, serving alongside an established ministry team to reach people with God’s truth in their own language.
Neil comments: ‘Being in a GradTeam gives you fantastic experience on the coalface of mission and Bible translation work. There is a wide variety of potential areas where you might serve, which reflects the huge array of skills needed across our translation projects – community engagement, audio-visuals, multilingual education, arts, literacy, Scripture use and more. It’s truly a place to see God at work.’
GradTeams is a programme in which participants grow in their faith and are challenged by God in ways they have never been before. As GradTeams graduate Kelsie reflected on her experience: ‘I have learnt to trust God more, as I have watched him answer prayers and provide for my every need – from support raising, to simply getting a break from the heat.’
However, GradTeams is just half the story, as Wycliffe is also announcing the running of its Experience summer camp in 2021. And this year, Covid restrictions permitting, there will be both online and in-person camps.
Experience is for those aged 18–30 who are looking to learn, grow, and hear from God as they consider a role in Bible translation. The online camp runs from 28 June–9 July, while the in-person camp runs from 17–28 July and will be held in Switzerland.
Neil says: ‘Experience is such a life-changing time for those who attend. As well as getting a greater understanding about mission and Bible translation, it’s also a time to go deeper with God. You’ll meet like-minded people from across Europe, and receive encouragements and challenges that will be transformative.’
Notes to Editors
1. For further information, call Jeremy Weightman on the Wycliffe Communications Team on 0300 303 1111.
2. Wycliffe Bible Translators seeks to enable all peoples to engage with the Bible in a language that speaks to them best. It does this through a range of activities, including Bible translation, literacy and Scripture use initiatives. Currently, Wycliffe has 360 people from the UK and Ireland serving 530 million people who speak 350 languages in 71 countries. Of the 7,300 or so languages spoken worldwide today, only about 700 have the Bible. Around 1.5 billion people (1 in every 5 people) do not have the Bible in their language. As a result, translation of the Bible into people’s languages is one of the critical needs in world mission, to enable the growth of evangelism and discipleship ministries.
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