Living overseas is not always the inexpensive venture that it can appear to be. Rather, my ministry in Bible translation incurs various costs that would not occur were I to remain in the US. Wycliffe follows in the Biblical example of asking the church to become intimately involved in ministry by providing the finances for full-time workers.

Because Wycliffe is not a denomination, there is no income outside of gifts from partners. Everyone, including Wycliffe’s president, is dependent upon the Lord’s provision through the commitment of regular gifts, whether by individuals, groups, and churches. Thus, my ability to remain and work in Papua New Guinea is directly impacted by your faithfulness in giving—thank you for your support of Bible translation!

How does it work?
Because some translation projects take 20 or more years, instead of raising the thousands of dollars needed for the entire period, I ask people to commit to regular giving for however long the Lord leads. My monthly budget is re-assessed every year to make sure it accurately reflects my needs.

Regular Expenses 
  • Ministry and Operational Expenses (13%) This takes care of home and field operational services, such as accounting or administration, as well as relating to partners, printing and communication, language helpers, and technology needs (computer).
  • Insurance (11 %) As a Wycliffe member, I must pay both the employer and the employee sides of health, life, and evacuation insurance.
  • Taxes and Retirement (23%) Similarly, I pay both sides of retirement, Social Security, and PNG taxes.
  • Basic Living Expenses (53%) All other costs fall here, including housing, food, education, tithe, travel, furlough tickets, incidentals, and some ministry needs.
Missions work is costly, but the rewards are eternal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Wycliffe.  You can also find an in-depth FAQ on giving in my post HERE, as well as a reflection on giving: Apology Not Accepted.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Cor. 9:12

Click here to partner financially online, or make out checks to “Wycliffe Bible Translators” and attach a separate note “For the ministry of Catherine Rivard, account #240493.”  Mail to:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862-8200

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