WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES INC

Accelerating Bible Translation

Orlando, FL   |  http://www.wycliffeassociates.org

Mission

A Bible in every language that is our vision. Wycliffe Associates accelerates Bible translation around the world by empowering national translators and equipping the local church to translate God's Word into every language. Our mission is to involve people in Bible translation.

Ruling year info

1995

President/CEO

Mr. Simoun Ung

Main address

PO Box 620143

Orlando, FL 32862 USA

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EIN

95-2584324

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Millions of people around the world are still waiting to have God's Word in the language of their heart.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Translation Services

 Wyclifffe Associates's Translation Services program workshops to enable national translators to come to a two-week event that trains them in Church Owned Bible Translation methodology. Wycliffe Associates’ Bible translation strategy trains and equips teams of local believers to translate the Scriptures side by side. People who never imagined having God’s Word in their heart language are receiving it with joy, and lives are being transformed. Through, this workshop the translators often complete a large percentage of the translation of the New Testament into their own language. If not, they are followed by another event that they facilitate themselves to complete the translation work. It also offers follow up to enable the local teams to complete their translations.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Indigenous peoples

Right now is an exciting time for Bible translation, because God has provided the tools to accelerate the translation process and share His Word to the ends of the earth. Wycliffe Associates’ development of robust Bible translation technology paired with their new Church Owned Bible Translation methodology workshops), means more people than ever before are able to have God’s Word at their fingertips! Some of the tools provided by Wycliffe Associates include Tablets for National Translators (TNT), Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRK), Print On Demand (POD) Units. Wycliffe Associates has an online repository for open-licensed translation software. Contributors from all over the world have built software and systems to enable the Global Church to translate Scripture for itself. The goal of translating God’s Word into every language took a giant step toward reality when Wycliffe Associates's BTT Writer app was released for free download in the Google Play store and then later for desktop computers. The app’s resource section provides a wealth of information on key terms and how to overcome translation challenges to assist local translators in creating Bible translations that are accurate, clear, and natural. Collaboration tools enable any number of people to work together, online or offline, to draft and revise their work for the best possible result. Millions of people speak languages that are unwritten. BTT Writer has subsequently been joined by BTT Recorder, an app to help with oral-to-oral Bible Translation.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Indigenous peoples

Wycliffe Associates mobilizes people to invest their heart, souls, and talents so that Bibleless people everywhere will one day have the opportunity to read God’s Word in their heart language.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Indigenous peoples

As a Prayer Watch Partner you’ll join thousands more in this prayer ministry who:
•Bring added strength and encouragement to the people giving their lives to Bible translation
•Stay informed about the requests of translators, churches, volunteers, and staff of Wycliffe Associates and our partners
•Offer foundational spiritual support for those around the world who are translating the Scriptures
•Serve as an important line of spiritual defense in unexpected circumstances and crises

Population(s) Served
Christians
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Completed New Testatment translations using Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Christians

Related Program

Translation Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Christians

Related Program

Volunteer Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Prayer Partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Christians

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Partner Organizations Served by Wycliffe Associates.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Christians

Related Program

Translation Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Bible translation in progress using Mobilized Assistance Supporting Bible Translation (MAST)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Translation Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Because millions of people around the world still wait to read the Scriptures in the language of their heart, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as we can to see every verse of God's Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. We are directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, and support. By empowering Mother Tongue Translators and the local church around the world, we are striving to achieve the goal of completing a Bible in every remaining language by 2025. This vision is called Vision 2025.

Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates is a ministry that accelerates Bible translation around the world. Because millions of people around the world still wait to read the Scriptures in the language of their heart, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as we can to see every verse of God's Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. To make this happen, Wycliffe Associates uses the following strategies: 1) empowers national Bible translators to provide God's Word in their own heart language; 2) partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God's Word, in support of Church Owned Bible Translation; and 3) engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Church Owned Bible translation.

With more than 50 years of experience, Wycliffe Associates is uniquely positioned and capable of achieving their vision through the following capabilities:
Expertise—Wycliffe Associates provides skill and experience in managing translation work, including networking, logistics and technology, training, translation resources, strategic innovation, and distribution of training resources and Scripture.

Enabling—Through Wycliffe Associates' work to encourage, support, and catalyze the passion, skills, and commitment of national translators, Bible translation will happen faster and more accurately. Nationals are motivated because it's their own language.

Innovation—Wycliffe Associates is comprised of a team that provides innovative solutions to overcome Bible translation obstacles; such as copyright limitations, remote locations, hostilities, and more.

Adaptability—Wycliffe Associates has the ability to quickly adapt to the advancing vision and needs of Bible translation around the world.

Connectivity— Our teams connect national translators with each other around the world with laptop computers and solar-powered satellite communications. When connected through the Internet and satellite, the national translators become a cohesive team—who together are much more effective and efficient than when working independently.

Accuracy—We are committed to supporting only Bible translations that use accurate and literal common language terms for “Father" and “Son" when referring to God and Jesus Christ. We diligently promote accurate Bible translation in every Wycliffe Associates project.

Accountability—This organization applies sound stewardship principles to translation work, by holding all efforts to standard measurable results. This significantly contributes to accelerating Bible translation in support of Vision 2025.

Inspiration—Wycliffe Associates communicates inspiring stories of national translators, and those who are still waiting, as the best way to punctuate the need and impact of translating God's Word into people's heart language.

As of 2/11/21, Bible translation started over 1,000 languages using Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST) workshops, MAST Bible translations are in progress in over 750 languages, and there are 455 completed New Testaments.
• For FY2020, we have served Christians by mobilizing 6,714 volunteers & staff members and generated ministry awareness to over 16.6 million people. • Serve Bibleless People Groups by engaging 77,000 prayer partners, by advancing the cause of Bible translation in 82 countries, by raising $27,454,532 in financial resources for the ministry. • Serve Wycliffe Associates (WA) volunteers by organizing devotions & Bible studies within our teams that integrate personal spiritual growth with our organizational ministry; by integrating Scriptural reflection into our donor communications & events; by having volunteers, employees, & supported staff serving seamlessly side-by-side in every division & department of WA & in every level of leadership. • Serve Partner Organizations by providing people to fill 681 full-time job equivalents & 573 high-priority positions for 247 partner organizations.

Through the following creative new solutions, Wycliffe Associates was able to empower the national church and national translators around the world:
o Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKS) allow Bible translators in the most remote regions of the world to collaborate more safely and effectively. To date, WA has installed 549 BTAKS for 793 language communities.
o Print On Demand (POD) is a remarkable resource for printing and distributing God's Word. In moments, real copies of God's Word are printed quickly, literally “on demand." To date, Wycliffe Associates has deployed 127 PODs.
o Tablets for National Translators (TNTs) include a small tablet computer or laptop and an open-source computer app, that will enable translators to work together to speed Bible translation from anywhere in the world. To date, 6,503 TNTs have been distributed around the world.
o During the second half of 2014, WA empowered national Bible translators to test & refine a new collaborative, translation method, called Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST), which allows simultaneous & lightning fast Bible translation. The tests were a success, & through this new method, national believers in South Asia translated half the New Testament in just two weeks, a milestone that historically has taken years. As of 2/11/21, WA continues to refine MAST & now over 750 languages are currently translating the Bible.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES INC

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Linda Allen

Business Owner


Board co-chair

Mrs. Gay Ellen Stulp

Business Owner

Ken Axt

Business Owner

Baker William

Residential Designer

Cindy Hawkins

Business Owner

Chris Magill

Retired Architect

Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba

President, Evangelical Church Winning All, Nigeria

Gay Stulp

Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes