Translations Nearing Completion in Tanzania

Another five language communities in the Mbeya region of Tanzania will soon have their own New Testament translations. Sixteen years ago, translation work began in six neighboring languages in this region, forming the Mbeya Cluster project. This project allowed different language teams to work closely together, helping each other overcome challenges and sharing biblical key…

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Wycliffe Celebrates Two Anniversaries in Asia

Wycliffe Singapore celebrated its 35th anniversary on Nov. 2, 2019 at Grace Baptist Church in Singapore. In a family event for ages 7 to 100, nearly 100 people gathered to mark the occasion while exploring ways to be involved in missions through Bible translation. Founded in 1983 with just a few members, Wycliffe Singapore’s staff…

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First Nations Mark Translation Milestones

More than 30 years ago, the Naskapi people of Eastern Quebec welcomed a Wycliffe couple, Bill and Norma Jean Jancewicz, to live among them. Working closely with local leaders and community members, Bill helped the Naskapi to standardize their syllabic writing system, develop the first practical way to use their writing system on computers, and…

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Keyboard software aids in language preservation

An international software firm developing smartphone keyboards specifically designed to write in traditional languages is helping people protect their language. The project, called Keyman, allows people to type in one of more than 600 different languages, most of which are majority languages. A majority language is one spoken by large groups of people such as…

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New stats show progress in Bible translation

Wycliffe Bible Translators has released its latest annual figures on the progress being made in Bible translation worldwide. Among the highlights are that 698 languages now have the complete Bible (up from 683 in 2018), and that 1,548 languages have a complete New Testament (up from 1,534). A further 1,138 have some translated portions of the…

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Wycliffe Global Alliance appoints new director

The Wycliffe Global Alliance has appointed Dr. Stephen Coertze to serve as its new director, following a time of transition that will begin in April 2020. Coertze, a member of Wycliffe’s staff in South Africa, currently serves as the director for missiology on the Alliance’s leadership team. Dr. Kirk Franklin will continue as the executive director of…

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British singer/songwriter links up with Wycliffe for latest album

  On Oct. 1, acoustic singer/songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones will release a collaborative album called Your Way Of Singing. The collection of songs were inspired by the artist’s recent visit to southern Ethiopia, where he took part in an ethnomusicology workshop with more than 30 musicians from the Gamo language group. “The tracks showcase a mix of new…

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No word for “forgiveness”

Translators serving with DOOR International, a Wycliffe affiliate that works with Deaf communities to translate Scripture, encountered an unusual challenge recently. When asked to demonstrate the sign for “forgive,” members of a Deaf community in South Asia could only come up with signs for “sorry” and “apology.” While observers might view their response as a…

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Thailand course equips teachers for multilingual education

A recent mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) course held in Chiang Mai, Thailand drew 42 participants representing seven different countries. Running from June 24 to July 19, the course was administered by Wycliffe’s key partner, SIL International, and the linguistics institute at Payap University. It focused on theory and implementation practices of effective MTB-MLE programs. The goals…

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Christian Comic Book Series Targets Young Readers

A new comic book series launched earlier this year aims to engage children aged 8 to 12 in reading Scripture-based stories and illustrations. Titled Fear Not, the series is an initiative of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS), a partner of Wycliffe Canada that promotes and encourages engagement with the Bible. The story centres on a boy named Samuel…

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