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MISSION OF THE MONTH

MISSION FUND RECEIPTS

Given for the Year 2018

  $ 16,754.00

Given in November

$ 2,280.00

Needed for the Year

$ 23,500.00

 

 

 

 

MISSION FOR THE MONTH

Michael and Bev Harrar, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Michael and Bev Harrar have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for more than 35 years to bring God’s word to Bibleless peoples around the world through art and education.

Who We Are:  For more than 70 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages.

How We Started:  In 1917 a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles.  But he was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the books.  They spoke Cakchiquel, a language without a Bible.  Cam believed everyone should understand the Bible, so he started a linguistics school (the Summer Institute of Linguistics, known today as SIL) that trained people to do Bible translation.  The work continued to grow, and in 1942 Cam officially founded Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Over the following decades, Wycliffe celebrated many milestones — from the first translation completed in 1951, all the way to the 500th translation completed in 2000.  Around the same time, Wycliffe adopted a new challenge — a goal of seeing a Bible translation project started in every language still needing one by 2025.

Vision 2025:  In 1999, our leaders realized that at the speed we were going, it would be at least 2150 before a Bible translation could be started for every language that needed one.

As they thought about the people perishing around the world every day without receiving the Good News of the gospel, they felt God calling them to adopt a new goal for accomplishing this mission.

Our leaders committed to do everything we could to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025.

Today, at least 2,000 languages* are still waiting for a Bible translation to begin, and Wycliffe is working faster than ever to reach those languages as soon as possible.

*Many sign languages are still being identified, so this number may increase.

Statistics from the Wycliffe Global Alliance, October 2018.

Bev and Michael can be reached via e-mail at:  www.michaelharrarart.com

HELP “CHANGE” THE WORLD
On the third Sunday of each month we will take an offering of your loose change that will go toward supporting missions.  Empty those change purses!

 

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