Wycliffe Bible Translators USA announced Thursday that 4.9 billion people can now read the Bible in their native language. The Wycliffe Global Alliance reports that there are 2,167 translation projects in progress, while 1,919 languages are waiting for a translation project to begin.
“We are making rapid progress in our goal to have Bible translations in progress in every language still needing one by 2025,” said Bob Creson, president of Wycliffe USA. “These statistics are a clear indicator that we are advancing in the mission God has given us, and I hope they will encourage those who have invested in the Bible translation movement and others who want to join our efforts – our mission is meeting with great success.”
The 1,919 languages that may need Bible translation started represent an estimated 180 million people worldwide. Of these, 1,576 languages – 98 million people – have no known Scripture.
“The last translator for the last Bible translation program is alive somewhere in the world today,” Creson said. “We can see the finish line. Our partners and organizations all over the world are dedicated to bringing God’s Word to people in even the most remote parts of the globe.”
The Wycliffe Global Alliance partners with organizations to create access to and engagement with God’s word. Every Tribe Every Nation created the Digital Bible Library containing more than 600 Biblical texts. Many of the Scriptures in the library have been translated in partnership with Wycliffe. Faith Comes by Hearing, in partnership with Wycliffe, has completed audio recordings of Scriptures in more than 800 languages. And The JESUS Film, also in partnership with Wycliffe and others, has released the film in 1,200 languages.
“These numbers represent just a few signposts of the remarkable progress being made to bring the Bible to minority languages, many of which struggle to maintain their identity in the shadow of majority culture,” Creson said.
God is at work, and He is going to make sure that everyone in the world will hear the truth whether they reject it or accept it. There will be no excuse in someone not hearing the good news of Jesus Christ. The word of God is spreading rapidly and those who hear will take a stand and follow God. The Bible says, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:13,14). For more information visit www.wycliffe.org.