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"If your God is so great, why doesn't He speak in my language?" These words challenged missionary William Cameron Townsend, who committed himself to making the Bible available to all men, women, and children in their own language.

Since Wycliffe Bible Translators was founded in 1942, more than four hundred translations have been completed; hundreds more are in process. Wycliffe workers spend years learning a language in the location where it is spoken. Then they create a written form into which the Bible can be translated.

Even with all they have accomplished, the organization says that there are 440 million people who speak a language that does not have a Bible translation. Some of these groups are small—less than a hundred people—but others include more than ten million.

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