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It all started in Guatemala. That was where Cameron Townsend began the modern Bible translation movement. So it’s fitting that a Guatemalan American would join Wycliffe USA’s board. I’ve known about José de Dios for a long time. One of my mentors in Canada also mentored him and set him on a course to become the first Latin director of Wycliffe International’s Americas Area. In recent years, I’ve come to appreciate José as a passionate believer in Vision 2025 who is on the front lines of a Bible translation movement that’s spreading like wildfire in South America. As he’s similar age to me, we’ve had numerous discussions on the differences in leadership styles between our generation and the previous ones. I’m so excited to have him on the Wycliffe USA board.

When I was asked last summer to chair the board nominating committee, I agreed to work proactively to improve the process and try to bring diversity to the board. But there’s no way to know before the triennial delegate conference whether the voters are going to select a diverse group of board members even if the nomination list shows diversity. So I was thrilled at the results: 2 of the 6 are 45 or under, and one is Hispanic. In addition, the two alternates are female, one a young emerging Latina leader who is rapidly earning respect.

Why do I care about diversity on our board? There are lots of good reasons, but here’s one. As José puts it, “God has not only called us to every tongue, every tribe and every nation, but has called us from every tongue, every tribe and every nation to work together.” José begins to represent that population and movement on our board.

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One of our senior vice presidents asked me that on Friday afternoon as he heard the news that our team managed to boil 145 candidates for the Wycliffe USA board down to a dozen nominees for six seats.

Certainly the easier step would have been to offer 15 or 18 nominees and let the delegates at our triennial conference narrow the field for us. But we felt that, with the research and interviews we’d done, we were in the best position to make some tough calls. It will be tough enough for our delegates to get to know 12 nominees sufficiently to cast their votes in June. While I consent mentally to the decision we made, I still mourn the two or three great candidates that were removed at the last minute.

I presented our list of nominees to the board on Friday afternoon, and while there was some active discussion over a few questions they had, the entire list were unanimously approved. I appreciate the prayers as we made our decisions and as I made the presentation. The work isn’t complete until June, but the pressure is off now. I can rest in the fact that our organization will be in good shape with any six of these twelve on the board.

Thanks again for your support through prayer.
Roy

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