Orlando, FL (August 10, 2022)
Wycliffe Bible Translators commemorates 80 years of Bible translation work this August. Founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend, Wycliffe has celebrated many milestones, including its first Bible translation in 1951, the 500th translation in 2000, and setting a collective goal with partners to see a Bible translation started in every language that needs one by 2025.
“What an honor to reflect and celebrate 80 years of ministry with partners all around the world. We are thankful for those who have made ministry possible and have helped advance the Kingdom of God,” Wycliffe Bible Translators President, Dr. John Chesnut said. “As we press on to the future, we are grateful to work with the global church so that all people have the opportunity to encounter God through his Word.”
The Wycliffe Global Alliance states that 1.5 billion people do not have the full Bible in their language, 140 million people do not have access to any scripture in their language and over 300 sign languages are still waiting for a Bible translation.
“We thank God for where we have been and the work that has been accomplished. We eagerly await the day when everyone has access to the Bible,” said Dr. Jennifer Holloran, Wycliffe Bible Translators Chief Operating Officer.
Wycliffe Bible Translators USA desires for people from every language to understand the Bible and experience life transformation. Wycliffe serves together with churches and organizations around the world so that local churches have Scripture and other Scripture-based resources to meet their spiritual needs, along with the capacity to continue to meet those growing needs in the future.