In June 1934, William Cameron Townsend, along with Leonard Livingston Legters, founded a linguistic training program for the purpose of promoting Bible translation among minority language groups. Named Camp Wycliffe, in honor of the first scholar to translate the entire Bible into English, John Wycliffe, the program was based in an old abandoned farmhouse near Sulphur Springs (Benton County). Camp Wycliffe would later become Wycliffe Bible Translators, the founding of which, as historian Dr. Mark Noll affirmed, “may stand symbolically for one of the great Christian events of the age.”
Realizing he and his small group alone could not meet the world’s Bible translation needs, Townsend founded three organizations: Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), and the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS). Together, these organizations have played a significant role in the translation of more than 600 New Testaments and Bibles.
On April 22, 1993, Wycliffe Bible Translators Caribbean was officially launched in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, with a Board of Directors. It was founded with the purpose of engaging the Caribbean Church for the creation of a Bible translation and intercultural missions Movement across the region.
The team went on to garner support from the neighbouring Caribbean nations and eventually began establishing local teams, which led to the relocation of the headquarters to Jamaica in 2007.
In coordination with the local church, individuals are inspired to follow the Great Commission through various projects, where they learn about the mission of God and the importance of Bible translation
Opportunities are available for our leaders to learn and grow through intergenerational forums, coaching, formal and informal mentoring, and encouragement in leading as servants and shepherds.
Many people with different areas of expertise are sent worldwide to assist Bible Translation Teams in translating the Bible in a way that is clear, accurate and natural.
Projects in Progress
Wycliffe Bible Translators Caribbean is structured and operated through National Wycliffe Teams covering six Caribbean nations (currently), with our Head Office on our own property in Swallowfield, Kingston, Jamaica.
We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally in glory, raise the dead, and judge the world.
We believe in the Holy spirit who imparts new life to those who believe in Christ; through Him indwelling presence and transforming power He gives assurance and equips believers for holy living and effective service.
We believe the Bible, the inspired Word of God, is completely trustworthy, speaking with supreme authority in all matters of belief and practice.
We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.
We believe all people, being created in the image of God, have intrinsic value, but as a result of sin are alienated from God and each other, and therefore in need of reconciliation.
We believe all who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Saviour are, by the Grace of God, declared to be right with Him, receiving forgiveness and eternal life.
We believe all people will rise from the dead, those who are in Christ to enjoy eternal life with God, and those who are lost to suffer eternal separation from Him.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human; He demonstrated God's love for sinners by suffering the penalty of death in their place, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His people.