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Wycliffe Bible Translators

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Wycliffe Bible Translators is an international, interdemoninational or parachurch organisation dedicated to translating the Bible into every living language in the World. Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend. There are currently branches in 46 countries.

Wycliffe Bible Translators was the first of a group of associated organizations involved in Bible translation and missionary work.

SIL International, originally the Summer Institute of Linguistics, started as a small summer training session for missionaries in Arkansas in 1934.

A subsidiary group, JAARS, originally the Jungle Aviation And Radio Service, provides transportation and technical services for missionaries and development workers.

Wycliffe Associates is a support organization that raises funds and provides other support for the other organizations.

The Seed Company, according to their web site, is "a next generation entity of the Wycliffe Bible Translators family of organizations" that provides support to local translators in areas where "hostile environments make translation work difficult to impossible for outsiders."

The organization is named after John Wycliffe, the first person to translate the entire Bible into the English language.

Wycliffe US headquarters are based in Orlando, Florida.

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