The Wycliffe Ministry of

Rick & Susan Nivens

Rick and Susan Nivens have been working in Indonesia since 1985. From 1987 until 1999, and from 2004 until 2013, their primary assignment was with the West Tarangan language group of the Aru islands in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia. From 2000 to 2003, however, while Maluku province was immersed in a religious war, they lived in Jakarta and trained Indonesian Christians to become Bible translators all over the country. Susan has also served in a variety of administrative roles over the years.

In 2012, the major protestant denomination in Maluku province decided to initiate a Bible translation project for the Aru Malay language, spoken by 100,000 people throughout the Aru islands (including all West Tarangan people). Rick was assigned to head up that translation project.

Rick and Susan have three sons, all of whom were born and raised in Indonesia. For reasons of family and health, and also because of Indonesian visa restrictions on people over age 55, Rick and Susan are currently based out of Goshen, Indiana, still fully involved in the Aru Malay project, and making trips to Aru as needed.

Rick and Susan also serve as consultants to other Wycliffe teams—Rick as a translation consultant for other teams in Indonesia, and Susan as a Scripture Engagement consultant in Asia, to help Wycliffe teams motivate and enable people to use the translated Scriptures effectively.

Please consider how you might partner with them in their Wycliffe ministry financially or in prayer.

Wycliffe Ministry Budget

Wycliffe establishes a Ministry Budget for its missionaries to reflect recurring expenses related to family factors and their geographic location of service. Giving to this account directly impacts missionaries’ ability to begin and remain in their assignment.

This budget covers ministry-related expenses, insurance and retirement, social security and taxes, and Wycliffe administrative costs. The remainder is what the missionaries receive as “take-home pay” for their daily living expenses.

Other Ways to Give

There are many ways to partner financially in the Wycliffe ministry of Rick & Susan Nivens.


Gifts of Financial Securities

If you own securities and want to make gifts toward Bible translation, there are several options for you to give more to Wycliffe at less cost, without incurring capital gains taxes.

For information about giving stocks, mutual funds or other securities, email us at stockgift_usa@wycliffe.org
or call 407-852-3633.


Missionary Support Plan

With just one gift, you can continue partnering in the Wycliffe ministry of your missionaries now and after your lifetime.

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Non-Cash Gifts

Valuables like cell phones, electronics, vehicles, boats, RVs and anything else valued over $75 can be used to benefit translation work!

Call 1-800-WYCLIFFE (ext. 3894) to get started, or click below to learn more about your options.

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Corporate Matching Gifts

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Give by Phone/Mail

While giving online is fast and easy, it may not fit your style. To make your credit card gift by phone, please call:

1-800-WYCLIFFE (992-5433)
407-852-3600

To give by mail, please send gifts to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

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