The Journey Program that Wycliffe offers is normally a day long simulation (5 to 6 hours) giving a taste of what a cross-cultural missionary may experience. It is generally run for, and through, a local church involving a number of groups of participants passing through the various stations of the journey.
The Journey begins with participants in their Comfort Zone, being inspired by God’s Call, and having that call confirmed by their Local Church. They join the Great Commission Agency and start their Bible Training to grasp the importance of Scripture in their own life and in missions. Then they continue on to Language & Culture Training to learn how to begin to understand and appreciate a different ethnic group. They experience the challenges of applying for Passports and Visas while Raising Support before being Commissioned to go. Now they are ready to Travel to the country and begin their journey with Immigration to their host country. They experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Foreign Culture and Language as they interact with this community. The Journey concludes with a Debrief from experienced missionaries, then the participants are challenged to do something for their Next Step to help grow their vision for world missions.
The Journey aims to give participants a different perspective of missions, providing:
- a deeper understanding of the ‘need’ for world missions (God’s heart for the lost)
- understanding their own calling to be involved in some way: (give, go, pray, advocate)
- better understanding of the role of the local church and mission agency in world missions (complimentary, not competition)
- recognising the need for good training and preparation, whether they go overseas or not
- a good encounter with people from a different language/culture than their own that will encourage them to build relationships with people of other cultures
- giving opportunities to continue to grow and experience in world missions (Next Step Opportunities).
If you would like more information about The Journey, or would like to discuss hosting The Journey, please contact The Journey national coordinator, GARY PETERSON.
Most of us, when confronted with something that is ‘different’, have an emotional reaction to it, and inwardly think of it as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’. This creates a hurdle, even if sub-consciously, to befriending people of different cultures when we are wanting to share the gospel with them.
Wycliffe’s Encounter Culture course helps people develop a non-judgemental attitude to other cultures, a positive cultural curiosity, and an appreciation of all people. Through the five weekly sessions and four practical exercises you will:
- Progressively unpeel the ‘onion’ model of culture starting with the outward visible layer of behaviour,
- Learn how values influence and determine behaviour,
- Dig deeper to learn how beliefs drive values, and
- Consider what is real beyond the physical realm – what one’s worldview is.
Maximum benefit is gained from this course when participants pre-arrange to meet with a person from another culture to go through the weekly practical exercises with them.
Wycliffe offers this course to help churches in their role of ministering to people they enounter daily, in the increasingly diverse cultural landscape that Australia is becoming.
If you would like to host an Encounter Culture course in your church or ministry group, we can help! Contact the Encounter Culture Coordinator, Gary Peterson, for more information.
Partnership Development course
Attending a Partnership Development Workshop equips participants with knowledge, skills and resources to build a team of financial and prayer partners. Topics include communication, organisation, biblical basis and speaking skills, all with the goal of enabling you to realise God’s call into mission.
Ready, Set … Thrive!
Dynamics of cross-cultural living exacts forces of pressure on ex-pats that can affect one’s ability to thrive. Equipping mission workers well takes high priority at Wycliffe Australia. Course topics; communication skills, spiritual vitality, adaptation and living in community introduce disciplines that enable workers to be proactively engaged in healthy ministry practices.
World Wide Wycliffe
This workshop introduces the world of Wycliffe, SIL and Wycliffe Global Alliance while exploring the history of Bible translation, new trends in the range of ministries within the scope of Bible translation as well as beginning to look at working in cross-cultural teams and personal resilience.
Explore Language introduces you to the elements that strengthen cross-cultural missions and gives you the opportunity to assess your ability to communicate in another language and culture.
Over the five day course, you will have hands-on experience in learning a new language, looking at its sounds and structures as well as the people’s culture.
Presenters involved in Bible translation, literacy and Scripture Use will share from their experience and give a glimpse into what it means to engage people with the message of Christ in ways they can truly understand.
Story the Bible
“…Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on…” —Deut 4:9 (NLT)
Have you ever wanted to tell a friend or stranger about God, but felt you didn’t know how? Do you wish you felt more inspired in your own Bible use? Are you looking for ways to bring the Bible to life in your family, congregation or life group?
Wycliffe’s Story the Bible workshops will equip you with skills to use Bible stories in mission, ministry and everyday life. During the three-day workshop you will:
- Discover how to take a Bible text and craft a Bible story that is clear, memorable and gripping while still being accurate to the biblical text.
- Learn to facilitate a Bible discussion using a story.
- Learn how to teach others a Bible story that you have crafted.
Wycliffe Story the Bible workshops will stretch you, equip you, and inspire you to share God’s story with others.
See below a full list of upcoming Story the Bible events in your area OR contact a Wycliffe representative near you:
If you would like to host a Story the Bible workshop for your church or ministry, we can help! Contact Story the Bible Coordinator Malcolm Barker for more information.
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Are you interested in cross-cultural work but not sure what that could look like for you? Explore the possibilities on a Wycliffe Australia short-term mission trip that gives you a chance to experience first-hand the ministries and roles involved in Bible translation.
- 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
On the MAD trip, you will have the opportunity to visit two Aboriginal communities where Bible translation is taking place.
Prayer is a powerful tool. A few people devoted to prayer can do what no army, government or community could ever do. Wycliffe founder William Cameron Townsend (Uncle Cam) said of prayer:
The task of getting the gospel in an adequate way to every ethnic person is tremendous. There is but one solution … prayer should not only be the basis but it should permeate and vitalize the whole work.
Wycliffe Australia holds prayer meetings each month in a number of locations throughout the country. Check below for details of your closest prayer meeting. We would love to see you there!
Don’t see a prayer meeting in your area? Why not start your own prayer group! Please contact us
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