From summer 2013, all Wycliffe’s UK training for participation in Bible translation will be offered by Redcliffe College in Gloucester.
Eddie Arthur, executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, said that, for the past 40 years, students from around the world have been coming to the Wycliffe Centre in Buckinghamshire.
During this time, thousands of people have received training in the skills needed to learn unwritten languages, develop writing systems and embark on the process of translation.
Today, the majority of students at the Wycliffe Centre come from the UK and Europe and join the European training programme, Wycliffe’s training school, to study for Masters Degrees in field linguistics and literacy programme development. Others come for short courses and continuing professional development for specific aspects of their work.
Mr Arthur said, ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for us and for people interested in worldwide mission. Redcliffe College already provides a fantastic portfolio of courses equipping people for mission and leadership roles.
‘Drawing Wycliffe’s courses and experienced teaching staff into the mix can only serve to strengthen the quality of education and training offered through Redcliffe’.
Rob Hay, Redcliffe College principal, said, ‘This move will create fantastic opportunities for future students who are training to serve God around the world.
‘There will be the chance to study cross-cultural mission, biblical studies and linguistics, all under one roof. There’s also potential for new courses in the future that formally combine the skills and expertise of the two organisations’.