"By the people, for the people"
Equipping language groups for mother tongue translation and literacy development. “For the people by the people.”
Since 1981, we have been working towards this goal through translation, training, literacy, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. Our prayer is that every person will know that God loves them and speaks their language!

Romans 10:14-15 —“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

Isaiah 9:2 — “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
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The vision of The Word For The World is the glory of God through transformed lives by the power of his Word in everyone’s heart language.
Together we change it
To enable persons, ministries and organizations from language communities that do not have the Bible in their own language yet to take responsibility for Bible translation and related activities and to ensure its availability and accessibility.
Meet the team
The Word For The World family has a very long history together. It all began in 1981 with Veroni Krüger and P.J. Vivier. God has been faithful to bring so many faithful servants to the organization. There are now more than 600 people who have committed their lives to mother-tongue Bible translation with The Word For The World.
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International Board
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Kobus van Aswegen

President of TWFTW International

Dr. Véroni Krüger

Founder President

P.J. Vivier


Dr. Tesfaye Yacob


Prof. Margaret Muthwii


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US Support Base

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Dr. Chris de Wet


Tony Pitaniello

Chief Development Officer

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UK Support Base

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Steve Lancaster

UK Director

Dr. Paul Quinlan

Board Chairman

Dr. Barry Funnell

International Director for Consulting Services, Trustee

Kenneth Cherry


John Richards


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Core Values
The Word of God
God desires to speak to people through the entire Bible.  Therefore, our goal for every language in which we work is to translate the entire Bible.  

First-time Bible translations
We are passionate about giving priority to first-time Bible translations because that is where Bible translation is most needed.  

Respect for all cultures
Each people group is a blessing from God and has the right to hear God speaking to them in their own language.

Interaction with our partners
We see ourselves as co-servants with other ministries, and with our intercessors, volunteers and financial supporters.

Excellence in serving the Lord
We dedicate our efforts to pleasing God above all.  Our excellence is evidenced through the Integrity of our conduct; Innovation of our methods; Discipline of our stewardship; Combining of sound academic principles and practical skills in our empowering of nationals for Bible translation.

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