Facts about volunteer work

Fact Sheet

Who We Are: Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates is a ministry accelerating the work of Bible translation around the world.

Our Ministry: Wycliffe Associates accelerates the work of Bible translation by empowering people to provide the Good News in every heart language through their time, talents, and treasure. Because millions of people around the world are still waiting to read the Scriptures in the language of their heart, we are working as quickly as we can to translate every verse of God’s Word into every tongue to change every heart. We partner with nationals, Mother Tongue Translators, staff, volunteers, and supporters to direct and fund these efforts, as well as provide logistics, networking, and technical support. Through a growing global network, we are striving to overcome local limitations of time and resources to achieve the goal of beginning the translation of God’s Word in every remaining language that needs it by 2025.

2013 Achievements:

  • Accelerated the work of Bible translation in 71 countries
  • Mobilized 3,103 volunteer and staff members to advance the cause of Bible translation throughout the world
  • Installed 197 Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs) in 25 countries for 295 language communities since started installing BTAKs.
  • Improved hundreds of facilities for Bible translation around the world

Language/Translation Facts:

  • Languages currently spoken in the world: 6,918
  • Languages that need a Bible translation project started: 1,919
  • Languages that have Scripture: 2,817; of these, 513 have an adequate Bible, 1,294 have an adequate New Testament, and 1,010 have at least one book of the Bible
  • Total number of languages in which Bible translation is in progress: 2,167

Key Personnel:

  • Bruce Smith, President/Chief Executive Officer
  • Deborah Bartow, Vice President of Recruiting
  • Tim Neu, Vice President of Finance
  • Frank Nolan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • Brent Ropp, Vice President of Operations
  • Mark Stedman, Vice President of Technology


Shelly Barr, Director of Marketing and Communications
(951) 769-8153

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