Brett and Marla Shideler
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25
Wycliffe Bible Translators estimates 2000 of the world’s 6,800 languages have no Bible in their own language. These languages represent about 349 million people.
Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. To make this vision a reality, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development and church partnerships. Wycliffe’s goal is to have a Bible translation program started in every language that needs it by the year 2025.
Brett and Marla are Resource Coordinators with Wycliffe’s Member and Care Resources team. Resource Coordinators (RCs) are Wycliffe’s link with their missionaries. As missionaries themselves, RCs know the unique challenges and stresses that missionaries and their families confront. Distance from family, dependence on the voluntary giving of friends and churches for financial support, cross-cultural life and ministry, language barriers, violence and political instability, health problems, children’s needs, aging parents in the home country, overwork, the vast needs of the people to whom they are giving their hearts, spiritual warfare—all these are issues that RCs help fellow missionaries address.
RCs actively build a relationship with missionaries. They connect them with resources to help them confront the challenges they face while on the field or when in their home country due to crisis, furlough, or transition. Through a trusting relationship, debriefing and ongoing communications, encouragement, connecting, advice, planning, and accountability, RCs guide missionaries through transition, and help care and equip them to press on in the work to which God has called them.
Brett and Marla work out of their home in Duncanville Texas as Resource Coordinators connecting with and supporting fellow Wycliffe missionaries who call Texas home while on home leave from their overseas assignments.
You can find more about Shideler’s current ministry at www.shidelersinmission.info or more about them on our Wycliffe Page.