- Mother-tongue translators
- Advisors who know biblical background and languages
- Project Coordinator
- Linguistic Research person
- Literacy worker(s)?
For the expatriate(s) the project begins with a period of language-learning, which starts small, but eventually involves the language-learner in lots of social contact. Without this their language-learning will plateau-off at a fairly mediocre level.
While language-learning, the person will also begin discussing how to set up the project with church leaders, if they exist in the area. So from early days there is a certain amount of PR involved in the work. During the translation the church leaders are involved in reviewing books of the Bible already translated, making suggestions for changes, and perhaps using trial editions in Bible-studies and for sermons.
So there is a certain amount of back-room work, research, study and so on. But there is also a need for Bible translators to be team-players. Which brings me to another point. Often the expatriates involved are from organisations other than Wycliffe. Why? Because people who go out intending to do other work realise that without a Bible translation nothing much is going to happen. And some people just love language work, and can't get away from it. These folk often have a maths or engineering or physics background, but not necessarily. Sometimes they just have the right minds for the job, and love it! So Bible translation these days involves partnership between different mission organisations.
Vision 2025 brings all these visions together, and with the goal of getting a translation up and running in every language that needs it by 2025. Quite a challenge!