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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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Language Groups

CD Cluster

CD Cluster

These four language groups live in a volatile region where the dominant religion is not Christian. Translated Scriptures will help to make the God of the Bible known in an environment where it is very challenging and dangerous to preach the Gospel. God has been faithful and has allowed Scripture production to proceed well despite the challenges.

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 third translation phase!

Huila Cluster

Huila Cluster

This cluster project is made up of the semi-nomadic Angolan communities of Handa, Cilenge, and Northwest !Xung speakers. They completed 59 stories and 12 songs across the three language groups in phase 1. Now, having completed their Render training, they are ready to start phase 2 as separate projects each based in their home communities.

Kaaps

Kaaps

Kaaps is spoken mainly by the Coloured community in the Cape Flats in South Africa. The Kaaps culture is vibrant and colourful, known for their unique cultural music and creative verbal art. After centuries of discrimination, they are embracing their identity afresh, and the translation of God’s Word into Kaaps is a powerful message of validation.

Kamukuio Cluster

Kamukuio Cluster

The Kamukuio translation serves 3 language groups, all accessible from Kamukuio town in the southwest of Angola. Although the Kwandu and Humbe have been exposed to the Gospel, the Kuvale people had almost no believers or churches. Praise God for the many narratives now translated, which are being distributed in the communities.

Makhuwa

Makhuwa

Spread across the northern provinces of Mozambique is the eMakhuwa language group, covering about 1/3 of the population. With translation well underway, the project coordinator reported that “many people walk long distances just to go and listen to the stories”. This cluster is now unbundling and continuing as 3 separate projects.

Marenje

Marenje

The Marenje live in a tropical and mountainous region of Mozambique, just across the border from Malawi. In the churches, Scripture has to be translated into Marenje for them to understand it, so local church leaders have been asking for a Bible translation into this language. They are doing well and have already completed the books of Mark and Luke!

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 years. Sepulana is one of 20 South African languages without a Bible translation, but this is in the process of changing, as the team is now busy with a translation of the whole New Testament!

Siphuthi

Siphuthi

Tucked in the mountains of Lesotho are the Siphuthi speaking people. They have maintained their language and culture, and desperately needed a Bible translation. Despite being told it was not possible to translate God’s Word in Siphuthi, they successfully translated 47 stories in phase 1 and have now launched phase 2!

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Translations

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Wycliffe Links

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Services & Connections

Services & Connections

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Church Resources

Church Resources

We long for the South African Church to be mobilised for mission. Explore how to connect.

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SE Workshops

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