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God's Word alive in every language
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"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." - Habakkuk 2:14
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Our vision is the Word of God transforming lives in every language community.
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"A diverse group of people are needed to get a diverse job done in a diverse world..."
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We want to see God’s Word alive in every language!

We want to see God’s Word alive in every language! About half of the world's 7,000 languages do not yet have even one translated verse of God's Word in the language of their hearts. When God’s Word comes alive in a community’s language it brings renewal, transformation and new life. 

Wycliffe South Africa is privileged to partner with local churches and Bible Translation organisations across southern Africa to bring God's Word to them as soon as possible.

 

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Bible Translation Collaborative

Introducing the new BTC prayer guide for translations happening across southern Africa.

Coming every quarter, this guide will aid you as you walk with, and intercede on behalf of, different communities and language groups in their translation work, bringing God's Word to life for all peoples.

Individual pages are acessible for download on each translation page - wycliffe.org.za/what-we-do/translations-in-progress

Translations in Progress

Himba

Himba

Deep in the heart of the Namibian desert live these nomadic cattle herders, a people group of about 50,000 people. They were unable to connect with God through the written text of the neighbouring Herero people. However, since 2015 many Bible passages have been orally translated into Himba and they are now in their second translation phase!

Hambukushu

Hambukushu

A cross border group of about 60,000 people that reside in northern Namibia and now also in Botswana after being displaced there due to war. After several years of making plans and dreaming about what a Bible translation could look like, the team completed and published their first 43 passages, both oral and written, in early 2020. Now they are starting phase 2!

Huila Cluster

Huila Cluster

This cluster project is made up of the semi-nomadic Angolan communities of Handa, Cilenge, and Northwest !Xung speakers. With a shared vision and team work, these oral translations started in 2017. Centered around the city of Lubango, they come together four times a year to collaborate on their respective Bible translations.

Makhuwa

Makhuwa

Spread across the northern provinces of Mozambique is the eMakhuwa language group, covering about 1/3 of the population. After conducting research, the Catholic Church and other Evangelical churches found that transformation and mission required relevant narratives of God’s Word in their own languages. They're already seeing great impact!

Sepulana

Sepulana

Mapulaneng is the "Place of the Mapulana people." This language community of 800,000 have lobbied to have Sepulana as an official language of Mpumalanga for many years. Being one of the 20 South African languages without a Bible translation, translation work will now begin in October 2020. Praise God that His Word is coming into their heart language.

Siphuthi

Siphuthi

Tucked in the mountains of Lesotho are the Siphuthi speaking people of about 43,000. They have maintained their language and culture, despite shifts around them, and have been in desperate need of a Bible translation. Despite people being told that it was not possible to translate God’s word in Siphuthi, oral translation work started in 2018.

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