Welcome Guest.  Please  login
Shopping Cart You have 0 items in your cart
  Site Map Glossary FAQ Events Contact Us My Account  
Search 
Wycliffe About Pray Go Give Resources
Contact Us
Directions to Wycliffe USA
Frequently Asked Questions
 

 Frequently Asked Questions

...about Wycliffe
...about preparing to serve with Wycliffe
...about our members
...about translated work
...about involvement opportunities
...about wycliffe.org

 FAQ-divider.jpg

...about Wycliffe

...about preparing to serve with Wycliffe

...about our members

...about translated work

...about involvement opportunities

...about wycliffe.org

 

FAQ-divider.jpg

Q. How long does it take to translate a New Testament?

A. There are many steps involved in the work of Bible translation. It can take up to ten to twenty years, depending on many factors such as:

  • the level of the peoples' participation
  • living conditions
  • health of the translators
  • other mission responsibilities of the translator.

To get some idea of the factors involved, play Translation Daze!
Translation Daze is an interactive game with 7 activities like language-learning, shopping, eating and talking …in a Diimdi village.
Translation Daze is available at Wycliffe's Online Store.

Back to top

FAQ-divider.jpg 

Q. How did Wycliffe get its name?

A. In the late 1300s, John Wycliffe became the first person to translate the Bible into English. Before that English speakers had to learn Latin to read the common Bible translation. Wycliffe wanted the Bible available to every person. Cameron Townsend, Wycliffe Bible Translator's founder, chose to use the name "Wycliffe" because both John Wycliffe and Wycliffe Bible Translators have a common passion: that every person should have a Bible in their heart language.

Back to top

FAQ-divider.jpg 

Q. Can you give me an email address for a Wycliffe member?

  • A. Generally, Wycliffe members would prefer to give out their email addresses personally. If you are looking to give a financial gift towards a specific member's ministry, you can do this through our online Missionary Ministries.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg 
    Q. How many people are involved with Wycliffe?

    A. Cameron Townsend recruited the first two students for linguistic and translation work in 1934. Wycliffe has since grown to include more than 6,600 career and short-term members. Nearly 3,000 additional workers are still needed in both language-related and support roles.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg 
    Q. Where does Wycliffe work?

    A. In more than 90 countries, and all continents except Antarctica!
    Explore where we work.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. What should I do to best prepare myself for service with Wycliffe?

    A. Now is the time to start; for future translators, extensive Bible training is a necessity. All who work in language related areas will need to take linguistics courses such as those offered through some of our Academic Partnerships. Wycliffe also has many other areas where you can use other skills to speed the work of Bible translation. Check out the service opportunities list for an idea of the kinds of skills currently helping to speed Bible translation. Besides having technical skills, Wycliffe also expects its members to be healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. If you are weak in one of these areas, start now to strengthen that area. Explore other ways to prepare.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. What college should I attend if I want to serve with Wycliffe?

    A. First of all, we do not have a list of recommended schools for those wishing to serve with Wycliffe. There are many good colleges out there so we are hesitant to recommend any one to the exclusion of others. Second, more important than a degree from a specific school is a young person's development of character, spiritual maturity, personal purity, and moral integrity. One important piece of information to keep in mind while looking into potential colleges is that Wycliffe has a limit of how much a candidate can owe on school loans (otherwise candidates must be debt-free). The limit is $24,000 for singles and $36,000 for couples.

    In general, those wishing to join Wycliffe need to ask, "In what area will I be serving with Wycliffe?" There are two broad categories of service within Wycliffe which helps determine the type of schooling chosen -- language-related work and support roles. Specific training may be required in various fields of service.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Do you have youth programs?

    A. WYnet is a group of students who are interested in doing missions now! WYnet takes many GET Global trips during the summers where students can get familiar with translation work around the world. Entire youth groups can go on some of these trips.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Are there short-term opportunities? 

    A. Yes, take a look at our short-term programs and opportunities.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. How can I be a Wycliffe employee?

    A. Wycliffe is a mission organization whose members--whether translators, administrators or support workers--raise their own financial and prayer support. We also have volunteers and paid employees who help to fill our job needs. We are always looking for more people to help serve in the work of Bible translation. Check out our open employee positions.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. What training do I need to be a translator?

    A. Bible training, spiritual development, cultural education and language education are all key parts of preparing yourself for Bible translation work. Review these suggestions for how you can prepare.

    Wycliffe offers training in a a variety of skills, vocational areas and personal growth, to equip people for the work God has called them to do. Check out the types of training you might consider.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Are others needed, besides translators?

    A. Are we glad you asked that question! Hundreds of literacy workers are needed to develop teaching materials and train local people to teach reading classes. We also need secretaries, teachers, accountants, computer technicians and programmers, mechanics, pilots, printers and many others. Chances are, you could use your professional skills on the Bible translation team.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Is there a minimum or maximum age limit for joining Wycliffe?

    A. Those joining Wycliffe as members must be eighteen years of age or older. Wycliffe's Graduate Intern Program (GRIP) accepts college graduates up to the age of 30.

    Volunteers ages 18 through retirement, wishing to work for a year or less, may work as guest helpers.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

     

    Q. Do you have to be debt-free before you can become a member?

    A. To begin the application process with Wycliffe, an individual cannot have more than $24,000 in student loans ($36,000/couple) and any unsecured debt cannot be more than $1,200.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. How much financial support do I need to join Wycliffe? How is that support raised?

    A. We provide a rough estimate (which differs for each individual) early in the membership process because so many variables exist (field chosen, size of family, etc.). A person raises his or her own financial support through the leading of God and the responsiveness of family, friends and church congregations.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. What kind of schooling options are there for my children?

    A. Wycliffe USA acknowledges the responsibility parents have for their children and maintains the Children's Education Department (CHED) to support them. Options for education depend on factors such as available facilities, personnel and finances, transportation, communication and more.

    Parents and administrators work out which options most suit the needs and best fit the location, though flexibility is a key element. Traditional options include Wycliffe-staffed schools, other mission schools and international schools. Nontraditional options include one-room schools and parents as teachers (home schooling, with help from professional teachers when available). Wycliffe aslo has teachers serving with NorthStar Academy, an online Christian school that some families choose.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Are there other ways I could get involved?

    A. Yes. Pray regularly for a missionary or a language group that doesn't have the Scriptures, or help finance a translator or someone in your profession who works with Wycliffe. Or you can volunteer to work in an office or on a project. There are many ways that you can consider getting involved.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Do you still take donations of stamps or stamp collections?

    A. Yes. Some years ago, the Stamp Club was moved to the Tucson center under the management of Wycliffe Associates. There are many volunteers who go there (especially in the winter!) who enjoy preparing the stamps to sell. The money is put into projects which benefit Bible translation.

    You can send stamps to:

    Stamp Club - Volunteer office
    16131 N. Vernon Dr.
    Tucson AZ 85739-9395

    Thanks so much for thinking of us.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Where can I find words, phrases or Scripture in other languages?

    A. While Wycliffe works on the translation of the Scriptures, other organizations publish the works to make it accessible to people. We generally do not distribute translated Scriptures.

    The following organizations can help you find a Bible (printed or audiovisual) in almost any language:

    If you'd like more information on a specific language, the Ethnologue is a great resource.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg 

    Q. Can you translate a foreign document I've received?

    A. Nearly all Wycliffe translators work overseas with the people for whom they're translating. They aren't able to take on outside translation projects.The Translator's Home Companion web page would be a good place to start your search for commercial translation services; Northern California Translator's Association (NCTA) has a searchable translator database. Or you could try out the translation engine that Alta Vista has available online for some Western European languages. Be careful; it is machine translation! You might want to translate the results back into English to be sure nothing has gotten lost in the process.

    For automated translation of any words or phrases of your choice, either from or to a number of the world’s languages, visit these sites:

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Does Wycliffe plant churches?

    A. Yes...and no. As a Bible translation organization, we are focused on a specific part of fulfilling the Great Commission--providing people with God's Word in their language. Our staff are not pastors; they do not organize large-scale evangelistic meetings or seek to start churches. However, they do review translated Scripture with people as a part of their work, and they often hold Bible studies or teach literacy with Scripture materials as well. God uses these efforts and the witness of translators' lives to bring people to Himself.

    As national believers come to know the Lord and are instructed by His Word in their language, they form and oversee their own churches.

    The Tzeltal people of southern Mexico are a great example of this. In 1939, a Mexican anthropologist described the Tzeltal as "impervious to change." At that time, there were no evangelical churches among them. Then in 1941 a Bible translator began working with the Tzeltal, and today there is an evangelical community of 30,000 among the 50,000 Tzeltals. What made the difference? We would answer, "God, using the translator's work and witness to plant His Word in the hearts of the Tzeltal people."

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. How can I change the font size of this site?

    A. We understand that some web users like to adjust the size of fonts as they view different websites. While our website doesn't have this feature built into it at this time, on most computers you can typically adjust the font size on your web browser by holding down the CTRL key and scrolling up or down using the scroll button on your mouse. In your web browser you can also go to "VIEW," "TEXT SIZE," and select the text size of your choice.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. What are the optimal settings for viewing this website?

    A. Currently, the most functionality is found on PCs that use the Internet Explorer browser. We are in the process of revising Wycliffe.org and will increase our functionality for Mac users and non-Internet Explorer users as soon as possible.

     

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. I'd like to give some input regarding your website, who should I contact?

    A. We would appreciate hearing from you. Fill out the Contact Us form and your comments will be forwarded to the appropriate people.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. How can I give a donation to a member?

    A. To provide a financial gift to Wycliffe to go towards a specific member's ministry, you can go online to Missionary Ministries.

    Back to top

     FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Why should I create an account on this website?

    A. We love for people to come and visit wycliffe.org. By creating an account on wycliffe.org you can make your visit to the site more personalized.

    As you shop at Wycliffe's Online Store, you can create a "Wish List" of products that you may want to purchase in the future. Or, if you've placed an order already, you can view the status of those orders.

    There are lots of opportunities to serve with Wycliffe. As you explore those opportunities you can save those options to take a look at them for further reference.

    We love to keep you updated and connected with the work God is doing around the world through Bible translation. When you have an account with wycliffe.org you can keep us updated on any changes in your contact information so that we can make sure to stay connected with you.

    As we learn more about you and what you'd like, we expect to add more functionality to the site that's only available to registered and logged-in users.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. Why am I experiencing difficulty logging in to my account?

    A. Each new account with on wycliffe.org must be activated before a user can login. If you are a new user, please check your email and open the welcome email that you should have received. Follow the directions in the email to activate your account.

    If you have already activated your account and are still unable to login, please contact our web coordinator at 1-800-WYCLIFFE or web_coordinator@wycliffe.org.

    Back to top

    FAQ-divider.jpg

    Q. I've changed some of my personal information. Can I update my information on the web?

    A. If you have established an account on wycliffe.org--yes! You can make those updates online under My Account.

    Back to top

  •  
     
    Shop Calendar of Events Kids Students Café Wycliffe Privacy & Legal Site Map

    Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. is an interdenominational, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit mission organization,
    and a charter member of the ECFA.

    ©2014 Wycliffe Bible Translators. All rights reserved.