How We Operate

ABT’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee are represented in the center of the chart. They operate with input from Christian Aid Ministries as well as a number of advisors and consultants.


ABT does not provide all the training necessary for Bible translators or community development coordinators. Much of team members’ training is provided by other organizations who specialize in various aspects of training needed. These organizations include the following:

  • Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a companion organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators that offers training in linguistics and language learning.
  • EQUIP International, offering practical courses including a Missionary Medical Intensive.
  • Institute for Global Opportunities (IGo), a conservative Anabaptist ministry offering mission training opportunities overseas.
  • Various college-level courses for Greek and Hebrew language study
  • This training is sandwiched between two periods of interactive ABT-specific training at our base in State College, PA.

    ABT works with members-in-training to help them acquire the necessary training and contributes a percentage of financial support for training expenses.

    Sending Church

    ABT works with a sending church that becomes the primary support team for a missionary.

    Each team member’s home church or sending church should be committed to providing prayer support, financial support, and logistical support.

    One sending church will give primary oversight to the church plant.

    Bible Translation and Church Planting Teams

    ABT translators and other team members, whether working in medical or other community development roles, have one goal: to establish a local church with local leaders under the authority of Jesus Christ by His Spirit and His Word.

    Discipling and church planting is the responsibility of all team members.

    The Bible translation, as well as any community development, serves this goal of church planting. This is why, in the illustration above, Bible translation and church planting are shown as a joint project. However, ABT will have primary oversight of the translation process, and the sending church will have primary jurisdiction in church-planting responsibilities.

    Interested in serving on an ABT church-planting team?
    How to Join ABT

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, snd shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,