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    Wycliffe Bible Translators

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    Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend. A missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala, Townsend caught the vision for translation when Cakchiquel-speaking men expressed their concern that the Bible was not available to them in the language they understood clearly. As a result, Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language.

    Since its inception, Wycliffe has made great progress in Bible translation all around the world. To date, we have played a part in completing more than 700 Scripture translations.Estimates suggest that almost 2,100 languages still need a Bible translation program started. Some speakers of these languages are Christians, struggling to unlock the truths of the Bible in a language not their own. Others live without knowledge of Christ at all.

    Each day that passes, people all around the world die without God’s message of hope in their own heart language. Because of the urgency of this situation, Wycliffe has adopted Vision 2025—an initiative to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025.

    Reaching the last languages with God’s Word requires an enormous amount of resources. In response to these needs, in November 2008 Wycliffe USA launched the Last Languages Campaign—a strategic commitment to raise our share of the resources needed to accomplish Vision 2025. More than $1 billion is needed to reach these last languages with God’s Word.

    For many years, FCC has fostered a relationship with this organization through the many faithful Wycliffe missionaries who have become a part of our congregation while home on furlough. These relationships continue when these families return to the field. FCC supports (and counts many as members) many families engaged in the work of Bible translation through Wycliffe Bible Translators:

    Ric & Bobbie Bekius—Brazil (
    Dave & Debbie Eernisse—Kenya (
    Seung & Amy Kim—Bangladesh (;
    Dan & Kathleen Lord—Missionary Support (
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