In 2018, Rachel and her husband Doug travelled to Nigeria with Wycliffe to visit the Koro Bible translation project serving speakers of the Ashe, Duya, Nyankpa and Waci languages.
Over two weeks they spent time with church partners and local communities and visited with the chief of each area exploring how Bible translation is changing lives. Rachel recounts how giving to Wycliffe makes such a huge difference and why it has brought her joy to think how a gift in her Will can continue to impact so many lives in the future.
As with many married couples, Rachel and Doug started off married life in rather meagre surroundings. ‘When we moved into our first house together, everything we bought was second hand, we didn’t even have a fridge or washing machine for six months! I remember the first new purchase we made was a carpet for the living room. We ran a midweek games night for Crusaders (now known as Urban Saints), who spilt Copydex on it which couldn’t be removed without cutting the area out of the carpet. I guess it showed us at an early stage that our things aren’t the most important things in life.’
Church life has always been crucial to Rachel and Doug, and even before they met they were members of Pathfinders and Crusaders. This instilled in them, early on, a deepened affiliation with mission and a passion for scripture. ‘I’ve always believed that faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the word of God, which is why even from our first wage packets, we decided to give to Wycliffe because having access to the Bible is so important for everyone.’