About Wycliffe

Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend, a missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala. Townsend caught the vision for translation when Cakchiquel-speaking men expressed their concern that the Bible was not available to them in the language they understood clearly. As a result, Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language.

Since its inception, Wycliffe has made great progress in Bible translation all around the world. To date, we have played a part in completing more than 700 Scripture translations and are involved in a further 1,500 Bible translation projects.

The most important benefit is that Bible translation brings God’s Words to man’s heart and shows man their sin, their need of a savior and brings the message of God’s redeeming love through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to them in the deepest, clearest and most meaningful way.

Other benefits include better health as a result of access to medical information, economic growth due to the acquisition of marketable skills, and the preservation of culture thanks to a written history. These benefits are so great that a recent United Nations study of 46 nations indicated that “a 1% rise in women’s literacy is 3 times more likely to reduce deaths in children than a 1% rise in the number of doctors.”

Read our latest reports:

 • Wycliffe’s Progress Report (PDF)
 • Financial Statements (PDF)