Mission Possible! Lost for Words

Online event

Wed 24 May 2023 7:30-8:30pm AEST

Mission Possible! (In-person)

Next on M O N D A Y  3  J UL Y  2 0 2 3

Focus on Chad, Africa


Previously on M O N D A Y  3 0   J A N U A R Y  2 0 2 3 , 6 : 3 0 — 9 : 0 0 P M

Kathy Dadd, Bible translation advisor in Darwin, spoke on “Why does only one Indigenous Australian language have the whole Bible?”

To see a recording of this event go to:

Mission Possible In person


Worldwide Wycliffe– Wycliffe Member Orientation

Who was John Wycliffe and why was his name used to reignite the Bible translation movement? What is the difference between Wycliffe and SIL? What are the latest translation, literacy and Scripture engagement trends? What are my strengths and how would I work best in a multi-cultural team? Where do I best fit into the Bible translation ministry?

Worldwide Wycliffe answers all the questions above and introduces the world of Wycliffe to new Australian members and volunteers. Whilst we run the workshop for those starting assignments, we welcome anyone wanting to better understand the history and ethos of our organisation and partners.

Course topics
1. History of Bible translation
2. Organisational structure and ethos
3. Introduction to Wycliffe Australia National staff and departments
4. Introduction to SILA
5. Insight into the latest translation, literacy and Scripture engagement trends
6. Multi-cultural teamwork and personal resiliency
7. Regional office resources

The workshops will be presented as an online webinar.

Accommodation is available at www.wycliffe.org.au/retreats.

Cost: Single $80 Couple $110

For more course details see our brochure or contact:

Woody Baker, National Training Coordinator


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Story the Bible – Bendigo, Victoria

Bible Storying comes to Central Victoria!

Here is the opportunity you have been waiting for!  Come and learn the five skills of biblical storytelling:

  • crafting a biblically accurate story
  • polishing it to make it easy to memorise
  • telling it in a way that holds the attention
  • teaching it so the hearers can pass it on
  • leading a Bible study … without even holding a Bible!

The workshop will be held at the Bendigo Presbyterian Church (corner of Forest and Mackenzie Streets, Bendigo) in three sessions over the weekend of 22-24 July 2022, as follows:

  • Friday 22 July, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 23 July, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday 24 July, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Participants must plan to attend all workshop sessions.

In addition, participants will be welcome – and are encouraged – to attend the Celebration of Bible Translation dinner at the same venue from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, and to join a team to tell Bible stories in three churches on the Sunday morning.

Cost: $50 per person.  To register, click the orange button above.
Registration for the celebratory dinner on Saturday night is separate – click here for details.

Further information: Keith Bell, keith.jenny.bell@gmail.com or 0438 719 956
.                                 or   Keith Benn, keith_benn@wycliffe.org.au or 0450 430 922.


Celebration dinner (Bendigo)

Join us in Bendigo for the second annual Celebration of Bible Translation dinner, celebrating the progression of Bible translation through the training of mother tongue translators (MTTs) and national translation consultants.

(N.B. There area similar events in Brisbane and in Gympie. Click the city name for details.)

There are still 1.5 billion people in the world, speaking 6664 languages, who do not have a full Bible in their first language. The need for Scripture translation is too great for western missionaries to complete the task in this lifetime, but God has been working to equip Christian speakers of these languages to translate the Scriptures into their own mother tongues, and even to prepare some of them to be translation consultants. The focus of this evening will be on the progress in recent years in the training and equipping of local translators and consultants.

There will also be an opportunity to hear illustrated live reports of the recent Wycliffe Australia study tour to Israel (‘K2K’) from those who were there.

Date: Friday 21 July 2023

Time: 6:00pm

Venue:  Eaglehawk Presbyterian Church, 75A Victoria Street, Eaglehawk Victoria 3556.


.         Donna Toulmin
.         Translation Consultant
.         South Asia
 *  Training and consulting with multiple translation teams
 *  Planning for, and measuring translation progress with national partners
 *  The synergy between translation and creation care
.         Max Sahl                                                                      
.         CEO
.         Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia
*  The Vision and Mission of Wycliffe Australia
*  Areas of engagement in Bible translation
*  Bible translation progress in the Moluccas


Cost: $25

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Further information: Keith Bell, keith.jenny.bell@gmail.com or  0438 719 956
.                                   or Keith Benn, keith_benn@wycliffe.org.au or 0450 430 922

MAD OZ 2023

The greatest thing you can do to transform your life is engage with the opportunities that God puts before you.

On the MAD trip, you will have the opportunity to visit two Aboriginal communities where Bible translation is taking place. See for yourself the great impact that having God’s Word in their own language makes in their lives. Learn cross-cultural communication skills and put them into practice with Aboriginal people as you encourage one another in your faith.


• Live in a remote Aboriginal community
• Share life and faith with locals around the campfire
• Minister through testimonies, skits, songs and dramas
• Learn and perform songs in Aboriginal languages
• Experience life in the outback first-hand
• Spend time with Aboriginal people in their traditional hunting grounds
• See how God is at work in Bible translation, discipleship and other ministries
• Explore new opportunities to use your gifts
• Gain an understanding of issues facing Australia’s Indigenous people
• Take time out to reflect through team devotions and journalling

Register by: 15 May 2023

Contact: David Wake

Cost: $2200 pp.

Price is for travel from Melbourne to Darwin, food and accommodation. It does not include airfare for returning from Darwin.

The trip starts early Saturday morning leaving from 70 Graham Rd, Kangaroo Ground and finishes in Darwin.
Everyone organises their own flights home anytime on Tuesday 11 July.
Everyone will need to have a current Working with Children Check.

Thanks for your patience...

Waiting is hard, isn't it. But imagine waiting 2000 years for Scripture in your language! Thanks for your patience. And thanks for your generous support which will help bring the long wait to an end...