Wycliffe Bible Translators


Wycliffe Bible Translators was founded in 1953. Currently, we have over 360 people from the UK and Ireland serving over 470 million people speaking over 350 languages in over 70 countries.

The very first Wycliffe members from the UK worked with people groups in South America, following the lead of Wycliffe US members. It wasn’t long, however, before UK members started to concentrate more of their efforts on Africa and unreached people groups there. Now, while UK members still maintain a strong focus on Africa, our member base is increasingly spread across more of the world.

Over the years, methods have shifted from British members going and translating the Bible for language communities, to our members coming alongside language communities and working in partnership with local colleagues, assisting mother-tongue speakers to translate the Bible themselves. Our tools and methods have also changed over the years – while paper and pencil are still useful in very early stages for making notes on the sounds that make up a language, laptops, specialist translation software and high-speed internet that allows for real-time communication over long distances can make all the difference in today’s Bible translation projects.

We are a member of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and partner with organisations worldwide in working towards universal access to the Bible.

The full Bible is now available in close to 700 languages, and the New Testament in over 1,500 languages. But with 1.5 billion people still without access to the full Bible in the language that speaks to them best, our vision of universal access is far from a reality, and the need for translation remains as great as ever.

  • Pray - The best way to keep in touch and inform your prayers is by signing up to Words for Life (our quarterly magazine). It is full of stories and 'real-time' prayer needs -wycliffe.org.uk/wordsforlife. You can also sign up to our Pray Now emails - wycliffe.org.uk/pray
  • Give - if God is prompting you to give you can do so securely via our website wycliffe.org.uk/give or by posting a cheque to our office (payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators) 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF.
  • Go & Volunteer -  God may be prompting you to go and serve overseas in a variety of roles. We are also looking for people to serve in N. Ireland as speaker, prayer and event volunteers. If this is you or someone you know, visit our website wycliffe.org.uk/go or contact Ricky Ferguson on rferguson@wycliffe.org.uk or call 028 9531 3380. 


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