Matt and Christy Taylor
Kaitlyn, Nathan, Justin,
Julianne and Elijah
Taylor graduated from Biola University in 1999 with a BA
in Intercultural Studies. She has lived most of her life on the Central
Coast of California.
from Biola in 1997 with a BA in Intercultural Studies. He grew up in
Orange County, California.
married in August 1999 and joined Wycliffe Bible Translators a year
later. They both felt God’s calling to missions on their
became more interested in the work of Wycliffe after taking several SIL
courses which were offered at Biola.
attending their initial linguistic and anthropological training in 2001
at the Graduate
Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas, Matt and Christy
were assigned as Bible translators to the country of Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea in 2003 and the next year began living and working
with the Nukna people, a Bibleless people group of PNG.
the following years, the Taylors began learning the Nukna language and
culture, trained the national people in the process of Bible
translation, advised the Nukna people in the development of a Nukna
alphabet, and oversaw the development and publishing of the first three
Nukna books ever produced.
2006, they returned to the United States for a year-long furlough.
of 2007, they returned
to PNG to continue working with the
have been blessed with five wonderful children - Kaitlyn
(July 4, 2002), Nathan (June 30, 2004), Justin (October 25, 2006),
Julianne (February 24, 2009) and Elijah (October 23, 2011).
have a burden for the over 2,300 people groups around the world who
not have God’s Word, the Bible, in their own language. They
that the life-changing power of the Bible should be available to every
people group in the world in the language that they know best.
Christy’s mission statement reads: “To partner in
translation of the Word of God into the Nukna people’s
heart language, so
that they can come to
a saving knowledge of God through
grow into more mature believers, and give glory to