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What can you do with $6 during your Christmas shopping? You could probably buy a Christmas-themed coffee, or a few decorations for your tree or even a stack of Christmas cards to give to your family and friends. Can you think of a meaningful, inspiring gift you could buy someone for just $6?

We can! This year you can share the Christmas story with someone who’s never heard or read it before. Help provide language groups around the world with a printed copy of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke for just $6 — the same amount that you would spend on a coffee or a few decorations!

Giving Tuesday

What: Your chance to give the Christmas story to someone who needs it!
Just $6 prints the book of Luke.
When: Dec. 1, 2015
How: Watch for more details soon!

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You’re invited to join us on December 1 for Giving Tuesday — the globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on all God has blessed us with and to be a blessing to others!

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the big day. Together we can make Giving Tuesday an incredible chance to give the greatest gift of all.

“…but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’” (Luke 2:10-11, NLT).

You don’t want to miss it!

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Roger and Joan Fisher owned the farm where Roger grew up, which had been given to them by Roger’s father many years before. The land was used by a tenant farmer who, over the years, had expressed an interest in purchasing the land. But for sentimental reasons, the Fishers had declined to sell the property to the farmer.

Eventually, circumstances caused Roger and Joan to change their minds. The time required to manage the land was too great since they lived 1,400 miles away. While Roger’s family owned the land, the value of the property had increased greatly — so much so that when they started preparing the land for sale, they ran into a major obstacle: They would need to pay $158,000 in capital gains taxes!

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The Fishers met with a Wycliffe Foundation gift planning advisor to discuss their situation and share their goals for the land sale. They desired four key things: to sell the land without a large payout of capital gains taxes; replace the rental income they had been receiving from the tenant farmer; make charitable gifts to several ministries; and leave part of the proceeds to their children.

The gift planning advisor outlined a plan that could accomplish their objectives. By gifting undivided interest in the land to a charitable remainder trust and a Wycliffe donor-advised fund, they were able to draw an income for their lifetimes that is 25 percent more than they were receiving from the farm rental income. They were also able to make immediate grants to Wycliffe, their church and several other ministries. After all that, they kept an interest for themselves that will be part of the inheritance they leave their children. Together, the three owners (the Fishers, Wycliffe and the trust company) sold their interests to the tenant farmer and received their proportionate shares of the sale proceeds.

Through this tax-wise plan, Roger and Joan were thrilled they could accomplish their goals of providing for themselves, their children and the work of God’s kingdom. Joan says, “God’s Word has made such an impact on our lives — giving us direction, hope and joy. We want that same life-changing power for others. Our resources are a gift from God and we are blessed to be able to invest them into Bible translation for speakers of other languages.”

If you’d like to learn more about including Wycliffe Bible Translators in your estate plans, including the donation of land, charitable remainder trusts, or donor-advised funds, please contact us (toll-free) at 1-877-493-3600 or visit wycliffefoundation.org.

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Isn’t it amazing how God often exceeds our wildest expectations when we pray?

Wycliffe recently partnered with Moody Radio on a campaign to support local translators in Peru, Brazil and Colombia. God faithfully answered our prayers (and the prayers of many of you) by not just meeting our campaign goals, but surpassing them! And he showed us that this event was about more than just reaching campaign goals; it was about providing many people with the opportunity to hear about and give to the work of Bible translation for the first time.

Callers who participated in the campaign shared incredible stories of how God worked in the hearts, and we wanted to share just a few of them with you.

  • Michael was recently released from prison, where he’d greatly benefitted from a ministry based on God’s Word. During his time in prison, he’d seen firsthand how the hunger and thirst of fellow prisoners was quenched by the hope of the gospel, and he wanted to give a gift to Bible translation so that others with that same longing can find hope in Christ.
  • Elisabeth told her own exciting story. “I’ve been listening the last couple of days,” she said, “and this morning, I found a $6,000 error in my account … so I decided to give.” We’re so thrilled that Elisabeth’s first response was to give so that others could hear the gospel in their language!
  • Edna revealed that she had been praying about what she could do to honor her late mother. When she heard about the campaign, and was touched by the testimonies of people whose lives are being changed by God’s Word, she decided to give to Bible translation as an act of remembrance.
  • Wiley also saw his prayers answered. He’d been looking for an investment with eternal value, and when he heard the incredible testimonies shared during the campaign, he thought, “This is the most worthy cause.” Praise God!

Prayer was the cornerstone of the Moody Radio campaign. We stepped out in faith and trusted that God would move the hearts of listeners to give towards the work of Bible translation. And because of the prayers of our worldwide prayer team, God not only helped us exceed our goal, but he also reminded us that when we trust in him, he will always surprise us.

Our hearts are full as we declare, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT)!

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By Melissa Stillman

I’d seen the statistic before — 90 percent of an American’s assets are non-cash. And, throughout my work with Wycliffe’s project marketing team, I’ve had to ask myself: “What does that statistic really mean?” After some research I can tell you, it means “stuff” — mountains of it! I read once that there are 300,000 items in the average American home.

The more I thought about it (and walked around my house counting things), the more it started to make sense. We’ve made a national pastime out of shopping, from malls the size of theme parks to warehouse stores for groceries. Even as kids, we learn that more is better with “collect them all” kid’s meal toys and Christmas wish lists longer than our arms. We love stuff.

And dealing with all this stuff we’ve accumulated can get stressful. A quarter of us can’t park in our two-car garages because they are bursting at the seams (yep, that’s me). And since our closets, attics and basements are also full, nearly 10 percent of us pay to rent a storage unit to house our extra stuff.

It’s estimated that we spend the equivalent of one year of our lives looking for lost items (!), and whole industries are built around helping us organize our stuff. Each January, I buy magazines that share advice on cutting the clutter, but 12 months later (… or maybe three), I’m right back where I started.


We may think this is a new-to-us, “first world problem,” but in Luke 12:15-21 Jesus tells a story about a farmer in a similar situation. This farmer found himself #blessed by a terrific crop — so big he didn’t have enough room to store it. But instead of sharing the abundance of food, he decided to tear down his existing barn and build a bigger one to store his goodies. As often happens in parables, this didn’t end well for the farmer. He was busy congratulating himself, not knowing he would die that very night.


How can we learn from the farmer’s mistake? It wasn’t the bumper crop that got him in trouble; it was the decision to hoard it. Scripture packs three big life lessons into these seven verses.

  1. Our stuff isn’t really ours.
    It was God who caused the farmer’s crop to flourish and God is still our source of provision today. When we change our perspective to see our stuff as God’s generosity, it makes it easier to understand how we should steward it.

  2. What we do with our stuff matters.
    We aren’t measured by how much we own. In fact, stuff was of very little importance to Jesus during his time on earth. Instead he invites us to give the resources he provided to help build something eternal — his kingdom. We know it’s “more blessed to give than to receive,” but what if we truly understood what it meant to share what we’d been given? To forgo our wants and help supply the needs of others?

  3. Stuff can fill a barn, but not a heart.
    Possessions can’t meet the needs of your heart, but it can sure create a false sense of security, driving a wedge between you and the one true Provider. The Message ends the passage in Luke 12:15-21 this way: “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with self and not with God.” How are you filling your barn?


A young woman using her cell phone.

If you want to make room in your “barn” by sharing what God has entrusted to you, please consider giving those items to Wycliffe. We love stuff, too, because lots of items valued over $75 can make a difference in the work of Bible translation.

The jewelry you aren’t wearing could help introduce people around the world to the beauty of God’s Word in their language.

The boat you didn’t take out this summer, the RV in storage, the ATV or motorcycle taking up half your garage or the car you were thinking of trading in — giving your vehicle will make a lasting impact for Bibleless people groups.

You stashed old models of your electronic devices in the back of your desk drawer. Dig them out and give them to Wycliffe. Donating your laptop, smartphone or tablet means more funding for urgent translation projects.

Surplus inventory from your business can be donated and either placed in a translation project or sold, with the proceeds going to support the work.

To get started, you can visit www.wycliffe.org/donateyourstuff or call 1-800-992-5433. If you decide to give your stuff, we’d love to hear your story. Please email us at catalog@wycliffe.org.

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Food Aid

By Konlan Kpeebi

Konlan works for the Ghana Institute of Literacy, Linguistics and Bible Translation (GILLBT) as translation coordinator and as the Konni language Bible translation project manager.


I was at the Koma area recently to distribute some grain to the blind and the elderly as well as to some of our literacy facilitators.  The Koma people live in abject and chronic poverty because of their living environment. There was serious flooding in northern Ghana, which brought in its wake, wanton destruction of farms and the loss of lives.

This further exacerbated the plight of the Koma people who are already vulnerable because of their location in Ghana. The Koma people live mainly in the northern sector of Ghana. Their villages are in an area sometimes called “overseas” by their neighbours, because each of the major paths leading to the area cross rivers which are impassable by vehicles in the rainy season. As a result of their isolation, food aid hardly gets to them.

After learning this, I was motivated by Christian love and reminded that our Lord and Master Jesus Christ fed the multitude that followed him when they were hungry. But above all, I was challenged by what author Dewi Hughes said about Christian ministry in the book, God of the Poor: A Biblical Vision of God’s Present Rule:

“Our response to poverty is a crucial test of our faith. It is impossible to really know Jesus and be indifferent to the plight of the poor.”

We have, therefore, been praying that the Lord would meet their needs, and He answered our prayers through someone who gave us funds to help some of the flood victims. With those funds, we were able to buy some maize for them. We were able to serve 36 blind people, as well as some elderly people and some of our literacy facilitators. In all, we were able to serve about 50 families.

Food Aid - Konlan Kpeebi

After the distribution, they were full of praise and appreciation, and this was what some of them had to say:

“We are very happy for the gifts today, and I think we are a privileged generation. Most of our parents who were blind died in suffering. This year would have been a difficult year for us because, if those who can see did not get food, it would have been worst for us, the blind. So, we are very grateful. May God bless the one who has sent this gift.”

Another used a Koma proverb to express his appreciation. “The fingernails also help in fighting. Anything done out of love lasts. This food will feed my family and me for over one month. May God richly bless the one who has given us this wonderful gift.”

When Jesus was on earth, He proclaimed the gospel, healed the sick, and fed the hungry. The demonstration of the gospel was not simply through preaching, but through service. Providing food aid opened the door to connecting these people with the Word.

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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.




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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Ed and Donna were long-time donors to Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Lord entrusted to them a parcel of pristine and highly appreciated pasture land. In their younger days, they spent many a weekend riding horses and camping with their children. Now the children have grown and the horses are long gone. The land had been unused for several years. After learning that people can give not only from their checkbook, but also from assets, Ed and Donna felt led to gift this land outright to Wycliffe to help fund Bible translation for people who do not have God’s Word in their heart language.

Working with a Wycliffe Foundation gift planning advisor, Ed and Donna deeded the property to Wycliffe. They received an income tax deduction of the property’s appraised value, avoided capital gains taxes, and had the immense satisfaction of making a significant gift to the work of Bible translation!

Passing on the JoyEd reflected on the donation, “We never thought we could make a gift of the size and magnitude that we did. God provided us with a beautiful asset from which we had many years of enjoyment. And now, He is using the proceeds from the gift of that asset to reach people for Christ. … We are so blessed!”

If the Lord has entrusted you with an appreciated asset such as securities, real estate, or business interest, prayerfully consider gifting all or a portion of it to Wycliffe to advance the work of Bible translation and impact God’s kingdom.

In addition to the outright gifts of assets, there are other charitable gifting strategies available, such as part-gift part-sale, donor advised funds, and charitable remainder trusts. The most appropriate option for you and your family depends on your particular situation and goals.

To explore options for the gifting of assets, or other giving strategies, please visit the Wycliffe Foundation website at www.wycliffefoundation.org or contact us by phone at 1-877-493-3600.

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