Moorlands College and Wycliffe Bible Translators have teamed up to run a virtual Open Day for the college’s School of Language and Scripture on Friday 29 May. With the college campus physically inaccessible due to the coronavirus pandemic, this online viewing provides an opportunity to look around the course for anyone who is interested in training to be part of the Bible translation movement.

The virtual Open Day will run from 14:30–16:00, and will provide an introduction to the MA in Language, Community and Development and life at Moorlands, followed by some time for questions.

Phil King, Director of the School, says: ‘This is a great opportunity for people to find out about the training that Moorlands is offering for Wycliffe and others preparing for mission, whether that’s our 10-week ‘Foundations for Living and Working Cross-Culturally’ course or the full MA programme. If someone is considering cross-cultural development work (whether that includes Bible translation or not), this will be the perfect chance for them to delve a little deeper and get a feel for the Christchurch campus that we are moving into in August.’

Phil continues: ‘Our training focuses on equipping people to impact the world, so the Open Day will include a mini-lecture helping you think through what transformation might actually look like in a local community, and how you might contribute to that. We’ll also explore some of our specialist pathways related to literacy and education, linguistics and translation, and Scripture engagement.’

Booking is free and can be done by visiting https://www.moorlands.ac.uk/sls-resources/. After completing the online form, the attendee will receive an email with joining instructions.

You can find out more general information about the School of Language and Scripture here.


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 367 people from the UK and Ireland serving 530 million people who speak 360 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.

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

Image 1 – Advert for the Moorlands virtual Open Days

Image 2 – Staff and students in class during the School of Language and Scripture

Image 3 – Studying language and speech during a phonetics class