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PRESS RELEASE (15 January 2019):

As we start the year, we give thanks to God for five years of close and enjoyable collaboration between Redcliffe College and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The relationship centred around two MA programmes, through which we have equipped over 100 students for work with people speaking minority languages in every corner of the globe. It’s been a joy to walk together with these students in their professional development and see them both growing in skill and confidence and making a difference, wherever they are.

From June 2019, these MA programmes will be phased out, as both organisations focus on new initiatives and Redcliffe continues to strengthen the delivery of its MA programmes in Member Care, Leadership and Contemporary Missiology at various hubs around the world. There will be plenty of time for adjustment over the next months, and to celebrate the relationships that have been developed. We’re thankful for the positive experience we’ve had working closely together and the ways the partnership has strengthened both Redcliffe and Wycliffe, providing opportunities for both organisations to learn and grow.

We look forward to opportunities to work together in other ways, and seek God’s blessing on the future plans of both organisations.

Wycliffe will continue to ensure training is provided for those serving with the organisation. An announcement will be made in due course.

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 363 people from the UK and Ireland serving 486 million people who speak 368 languages in 71 countries. Of the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide today, only about 700 have the whole Bible. Around 1.5 billion people (one in every five 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.

3. Images. You can download the following images to accompany the press release, by clicking on the ‘Image’ link:

Image 1 – One of the aims of Redcliffe’s training is to help students grow in skill and confidence

Image 2 – The Bible is at the heart of Redcliffe’s teaching