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Wycliffe Women of the Word

In our last newsletter, we told you that Kelly was taking on a new assignment. It has been finalized and gaining traction since January 31. We're excited to "flesh" it out for you here...

Kelly is the Director of Wycliffe Women of the Word - a brand new initiative that seeks to engage the hearts and minds of women in the US as we partner together to bring hope and wholeness to women, children, and families around the world.

Here's an excerpt from some curriculum Kelly is developing for this initiative:

Every day, women in the United States are bombarded with conflicting messages that tell us we are lacking…something. Magazine covers tell us how to improve ourselves and our lives. The implication is that we don’t have enough and we aren’t enough. And sadly, we often believe it.

Women all around the world face similar feelings of inadequacy. Yet that is not the Bible’s viewpoint of His creation. Oh, that women and children the world over would understand in their hearts and minds the incredible value God places on them, not because of what they have or don’t have, who they are or are not—but because of who He is—a loving God who desires them to find their satisfaction and joy in Him!

Today, there are millions of women and girls, men and boys, who have no access to God’s Word in the language they understand best—and thus, no understanding of the lavish love He has for them, nor the dignity and worth He bestows upon them.

Would you join us in praying for Wycliffe Women of the Word? We desire to point women, children, and families to the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus--that they too, may experience freedom and new life that's found Christ alone.

One Woman's Transformation

It Isn't Just For Men!

Wycliffe translator, Jan Benson, helped develop the Women of the Bible workshops in Peru. The Huamalíes Quechua “Women of the Bible” (“Bibliacho Caycag Warmicuna”) workbook has 15 lessons, each based on a different woman in the Bible. Each lesson contains the Bible story, comprehension questions, a memory verse, teaching points that apply to the readers, puzzle and activity pages, and lots of pictures to color—an activity that most Quechua women had missed in their childhoods and would enjoy at the workshops.

Jan tells of a Quechua woman in Pachas, in the highlands of Peru. “This woman told her teacher that before these classes began, she had faithfully attended church, but had always thought that the Bible was mainly for and about men. She thought that women didn’t really matter that much! But because of what she learned at the Women of the Bible workshop, she now realizes that God also cares about women like her and that the Bible has much to say to her personally. It isn’t just for men!”

This woman began to apply the lessons she was learning to her own life. Read more about how the translated Word of God transformed this woman's life and that of her family.

  • Around the world, community by community, as God’s Word is translated, people are gaining access to the life-transforming love of God. Praise God, His love is not based on who we are and what we’ve done, but on WHO He is and what Jesus has done for us!
  • No one is worthy of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. There is nothing we can do to earn it or deserve it. Take time to thank God that at the foot of the cross our worth is found in Him!
  • Pray that someday soon the last word of the last bit of Scripture for the last community will be done, and everyone will be able to understand the story of God’s unconditional love.

Summer Internship

This summer, Christopher will be participating in a summer internship program. Wycliffe provides 10 week internships for college and post-college adults from all over the world. Like all interns, Christopher's program will be tailored to his specific interests and needs - in Christopher's case, it will be structured to meet the requirements needed for completing his BA in Cross-Cultural Business Administration this December.

One of the more exciting aspects of his internship will be taking a trip to Ethiopia with his dad. John will be meeting with other Wycliffe senior leaders from around the world to discuss strategic partnerships.

  • Please pray for Christopher and all the interns as they seek to implement the things they've learned in the course of their studies.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance as Christopher seeks God's clear leading for his future.

Stay in Touch

We are DEEPLY grateful for your partnership in bringing God’s Word to those who have yet to hear the Good News that Jesus Christ, the One who came to reconcile man to God, is God’s greatest gift of all!

Please pray with us as we look to God for His provision. We are in need of prayer and financial support. If you or someone you know would like to partner with us, please contact us at

Financial gifts may be sent to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32861