Wycliffe Bible Translators are excited to announce the appointment of a new Regional Manager for Scotland. Ruth McCaig will join Wycliffe on Monday 3 February. Her role will centre around developing Wycliffe’s engagement with churches in Scotland, particularly through overseeing Wycliffe’s volunteer programme.
Ruth joins Wycliffe having worked previously with Operation Christmas Child, where she was Scottish and Faroe Islands Regional Manager. Born and raised in Scotland, Ruth is well suited for her new role leading Wycliffe’s engagement with churches across the country. This will involve speaking in a variety of church settings, as well as coaching and mentoring others to do the same. She will also lead a team of Wycliffe members and volunteers and invite growing numbers of churches to participate in making God’s word available to all people.
Ruth says: ‘I am looking forward to beginning this role within Wycliffe and can’t wait to see all that God has in store. I want us in Scotland to demonstrate that we are still the “land of the Book” through our commitment to increased Bible access. Through the work in Scotland, I plan for us to grow our volunteer network as well as to increase ministry awareness, and as a direct result make God’s word more accessible to the 1 in 5 people who still don’t have the Bible in their own language. We will work together to show how we can get involved in the vital work of Bible translation and see lives across the world transformed by the Scriptures.’
Ruth’s appointment reflects exciting new growth in Wycliffe’s volunteer programme, with significant numbers of people being equipped to represent Wycliffe in churches and at events. James Poole, Wycliffe’s Executive Director, comments: ‘Having this pool of trained volunteers will enable us more effectively to raise the profile of Wycliffe and the work of Bible translation in Scotland.’
James continues: ‘As we move into this new season for Wycliffe in Scotland, we look forward to strengthening our relationships with those churches and individuals who currently support us. However, we are also excited at the possibilities of developing partnerships with new churches which share the desire to make the Bible available to everyone in the language that they understand best.’
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 7,300 or so languages spoken worldwide today, only about 700 have the 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.
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