We are Elim missionaries working in partnership with Wycliffe UK, whose vision is to see a Bible translated into every language of the world. Why? Well, God loves everyone, and if you read up in Genesis 11:1-9 you can see that God actually saved the world from selfish madness and created all the languages. He is such a creative God who loves diversity. People need to know God's message of love for them and they need to be able to read it in a language they can fully understand and speaks to their hearts. This is often referred to as their 'mother tongue'. That is what we are involved in; we believe that Bibles in mother tongues are key to evangelism, church planting, discipleship and growth.
Nigeria has a total of 520 languages, over 250 of which don’t have a single word of scripture yet. There is a massive need for Bible translation. In fact, the country has the second biggest need for Bible translation in the world.
Tim is Operations Director for our group. He is responsible for the computer department, finance and soon the facilities team will be added to his quiver. Sometimes it is strange to be working directly with the projects, but the people Tim's teams are serving are having some sort of impact in around 110 Bible Translation and Language Development projects!
Ali is currently working as a data archivist, trying to keep track of all the information we have about the languages of Nigeria. It involves working with multiple partner organisations and encouraging all the various groups and individuals working on projects to keep submitting information and articles into our global information systems.