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The Van der Wals journey with Wycliffe began after they served for one year as volunteers with their church mission in Haiti. Not finding the place God had for them right away, they went back to farming their 100 acres in Walkerton, Ont. In the fall of 1986, they heard for the first time why […]

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John grew up in Alliston, just north of Toronto, while his future wife Marian grew up in Whitby, east of Toronto. Their paths crossed when John started work at the nearby Pickering nuclear generating station.They were married in 1986 and spent their first year of marriage serving as a host couple at  the Seafarer’s Centre […]

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Bert and Wilma, from Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, married in 1983. They lived in PEI where Bert practiced law and Wilma focused on their three children. Having had an interest in Wycliffe since Bert attended Urbana in 1981, they joined in 1996. In 1999, the Visser family of five moved to Cameroon, Africa. […]

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Nate and Jess, along with their children Mateo, Amira, and Malakai, serve in Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. Nate and Jess support Bible translation by working in the Scripture use and staff care departments. Nate is part of a new initiative called EETrU (Encouraging Existing Translation Use) and works with local pastors and leaders to encourage […]

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Kristy was born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Immediately after high school she had the opportunity to serve with Mennonite Central Committee for a year each in Paraguay and in Guatemala.  She gained a global perspective and a heart for missions that have never left her.  A few years later, Kristy discovered her love for linguistics and earned her BSc in linguistics at the […]

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Ann grew up in Woodstock, Ont., and joined Wycliffe in 1971. Following the completion of linguistic training, she went to Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, and eventually began working on the Dogon translation project in 1980. Steve grew up in Los Altos, Calif., and joined Wycliffe in 1981. Following the completion of his training, he too went […]

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Carl and Pat went to Papua New Guinea in 1974 and began working among the Menya people in 1975. Typesetting of the Menya New Testament was completed in 2016. In addition to co-ordinating the translation of God’s Word into the Menya language, the Whiteheads have been involved in the training of nationals who desire to […]

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Bruce believes God’s word needs to be written on the page and on the heart.  Since the moment God hit Bruce with the thought almost 30 years ago that He could use his academic training in Bible translation in some way, he has pursued the truth that there is a place and a need for […]

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Matt & Caitlin work in Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Ont., where local church leaders are spearheading a Bible translation project into the Oji-Cree language. Their role includes training indigenous Bible translators in the translation process, developing literacy materials for mother-tongue education, and helping communities plan how to keep their language sustainable into the future. As […]

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Amy and her husband Justin are based in Caronport, Sask., where they are raising their two kids (Pippen, 5, and Senna, 3). Amy joined Wycliffe in 2007 and served as a Scripture-use worker in Tanzania among the Sandawe people for two years. The short stint gave Amy a glimpse into the power of Bible translation […]

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