The history of the Wycliffe Global Alliance began long before there was a Wycliffe Global Alliance, long before there were any Wycliffe Organizations. Our history is rooted in the long and remarkable history of Bible translation. To learn more about where we’ve come from, see the Bible Translation Timeline and also The History of Bible Translation, a Seed Company video.
So how did the Wycliffe Global Alliance, which now includes more than 100 Organizations worldwide, come into being?
The shortest and most basic answer is: God – God’s sovereignty; God’s grace; God’s provision.
We can easily fall into the trap of thinking that history (the history of anything—whether of organizations, countries, or empires) is merely a record of man’s achievements and follies. But we know better, really. We know that, where the expansion of the knowledge of God in human hearts is concerned, regardless of language, culture, or remoteness, God is at the center of it and has been at work in those places and hearts from time immemorial.
So history, really, is the record of God’s work amidst humanity—especially where humanity is dedicated to the mission of making Him known. It is the story of God’s mission. And the Wycliffe Global Alliance is privileged to be able to participate in that mission with Him and with the rest of His Church worldwide.