"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Why Wycliffe?

Our Story

Our journey to Wycliffe grew out of our lives growing up. Each of our journeys started differently, but ultimately the goal is the same. We have a desire to make God's word available to every person in a language that they understand with their heart.

Steve's Story

* I grew up, the third of five sons of a preacher in a small city named Lima, Oh, which could be an acronym for Lost In Middle America.

* Since my father is a pastor we watched a lot "good" programming, including the Gospel Bill Show. I got down on my knees in front of the TV, while watching it one day after school.

*I do also remember listening to the local Christian radio station at night as I went to sleep. One night, they were talking about missions and they asked their listeners to pick a place in the world and pray for them to receive workers. I chose the continent of Africa, quite the over achiever.

* At Bethel College, two great things happened. I visited the missions’ conference in Urbana in '03 and I met Bridget, now my wife.

* The conference in Urbana and some confirmation later solidified my call into linguistic missions, putting my great joy of learning languages and cultures to significant use.

* Here I am now, on my way to Cameroon, Africa to do just that.

Bridget's Story

* My journey towards Wycliffe began in High School. I grew up in a Christian home, but it was in High School that I realized that there was more to the Christian faith than just going to church every week. Jesus actually desired to have a relationship with me. He desired to walk with me through life.

* I went on some short term mission trips, both as a high school student and as a leader with the middle school ministry.

* It was then that God confirmed in my heart that He was going to use me to serve Him.

* I met Steve in college and I knew right away that he had a desire to join Wycliffe. I had never heard of Wycliffe before meeting Steve.

* Like I said, God wired me for service. He did not; however, wire me to learn languages. I didn't understand how God was going to use me in an organization that specialized in languages.

*God wires us all differently and He wired me to serve in a support role. Without people in support roles, translators can not complete their work.

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