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Words and Photo by Katie Kuykendall

In a dimly lit church, this young Senegalese man studies his Bible intently by the light of a single window. The members of this congregation speak Creole, Manjak, and the national language – French. Though French is not the language most of them know best, many only have access to French Bibles and glean what they can from the text despite their limited understanding.

One Manjak pastor said, “Sometimes people don’t understand the Bible in French. Sometimes we read it in Creole [in church], and only some understand. But when we read it in Manjak, everybody understands.”

Another Senegalese man said, “God’s Word is something of greatness, and it’s for all.”

As a team translates Scripture into Manjak, it’s already transforming hearts. Watch the story of one man whose life changed as a result of the Gospel in his language.

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School is out, and summer has now begun! It’s a season filled with family, fun and new adventures. Kate and Mack want to be a part of all your adventures, from family trips to VBS and outings with friends. And we want to see all of the fun they’ve had with you!

On June 28 we’re launching a Travel Kate photo contest on social media. Sounds like fun, right? Your kids can print, cut and color their Travel Kate and take her along to all the fun places you go. (Wondering who Kate is? Click here to meet her!)

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Just snap some cute or creative pictures of Travel Kate (with or without your kids in the picture) and share on social media using the hashtag #KateandMack. Don’t forget to tag Wycliffe USA in the photo! Each week a winner will receive a free A-Z Map from our shop, and at the end of the seven-week contest there will be one grand prize winner too. (Stay tuned! We’ll announce the grand prize at a later date.)

We hope you join in on the fun this summer by sharing your Travel Kate photos and following along to see all the places Kate goes!

Let’s recap the details:

What: Travel Kate photo contest!
When: June 28-Aug. 15
Where: Everywhere your family spends time together this summer (the more unique the location, the better!)
How: Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #KateandMack and tag Wycliffe USA.

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Contest Rules:

  • Posts must be public, include #KateandMack and tag Wycliffe USA in order to participate.
  • Your family doesn’t have to be included in the photo, but Travel Kate does!
  • All photos submitted may be shared publicly by Wycliffe USA’s various social media accounts. By participating, you give Wycliffe USA permission to share your photo entries publicly.
  • There is no cap on the number of photos you can submit or the number of times you can win, so keep posting throughout the contest!

 Click here to print your Travel Kate and get started!

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“It is a surprise to me to hear someone reading the Word of God in Lubwisi,” said Kijanjaalo Christopher, a 72-year-old Babwisi man from Uganda. His community speaks Lubwisi as their heart language, though their Bibles don’t reflect that. “This was impossible for us to have the Word of God written in Lubwisi because, in terms of finance, we are not qualified because we are poor.”

Many Babwisi people have a real thirst for the Bible. Without Lubwisi Scripture, the church has struggled to develop strong leaders who can teach effectively. Pastor Bakasoma Michael said, “There is no way the Babwisi community will understand the Savior when they do not have the Lubwisi Bible, which they can understand. As pastors, we struggled to understand the words of the Bibles that are not in our language.”

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In recent years, God has answered the prayers of Kijanjaalo Christopher, Pastor Bakasoma Michael and countless other Babwisi people by providing four educated, dedicated Babwisi men to translate their Scriptures. Since 2006, the Babwisi have partnered with Wycliffe and the Seed Company in Bible translation. Today they’ve completed the New Testament and parts of the Old Testament, which will be dedicated in June 2015.

But the Babwisi need help getting the Bibles printed. Wycliffe is working with the Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce to print and deliver 5,000 Bibles to the Babwisi this summer, and you can help us. A donation of just $8.50 — less than the cost of eating one meal out — provides a Bible. Visit Bibles for Babwisi to learn how you can get involved today.

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Happy Easter to you and yours from Wycliffe USA! We pray you are blessed by the services and celebrations taking place this weekend, and that you can set aside time to reflect on who Christ is and how he demonstrates his love for us.

He is Risen

“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.’” Matthew 28:1-6

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Photo and words by Craig Combs, communication consultant, Wycliffe Global Alliance

Winter is displaying a fresh face of new-fallen snow here in southwestern Oregon, U.S.A., along the banks of the scenic North Umpqua River. Living here in remote Oregon, I am geographically distant from most people and activities associated with Bible translation. But the Internet allows a kind of connectedness to God’s global mission that would have been impossible just a few years ago.

I have the privilege of working virtually with colleagues from many nations, to help communicate the things God is doing to bring His Word into the hearts of people in their own language — for the encouragement of his Church and the revelation of his glory — glory that images like this can only provide a hint of.

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Words and photo by Heather Pubols

Yonathan Zeamanuel explains to the Guji-Oromo team how to use Proclaimers* in listening group Bible studies. Yonathan and his wife, Tizita Zenebe (sitting to the right of him), are Wycliffe Africa members who are working to promote the use of Scriptures in the minority languages of Ethiopia.

*Faith Comes By Hearing works with language communities to produce dramatized audio Scriptures in local languages. These are played using a device called a Proclaimer. “Listening groups” are small groups that use the proclaimer to study the Bible together.

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We’d like to give you a sneak peek of the Wycliffe calendar — check out these beautiful scenes and imagine yourself there. Each month has a different image and verse specifically chosen to help you visualize the beauty and truths of the Bible.

 

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For over 30 years Wycliffe USA has created a calendar for the upcoming year, and for the last six years we’ve created a special theme for the calendar. This year’s calendar gives a glimpse of cultures and communities around the world. The theme is best summarized in the closing paragraph of our intro: “Our God is the God of all cultures and communities, and he is calling each of us to himself. And just as he promises, we will one day join together singing his praises for all eternity.”

This is a great way to be reminded of God’s heart for his people, and you can easily share this reminder with your friends and family. Purchase yours today!

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