A new endeavor will fuel Bible translation in 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). unfoldingWord CEO David Reeves says the timing couldn’t be better.
“Now is the time to do this. So many people are hungry for the Gospel and coming to Christ,” Reeves says.
“The Holy Spirit is working in this region of the world in profound and deep ways.”
unfoldingWord’s Arabic-Speaking World project gives believers the tools and training they need to do church-centric Bible translation. First, unfoldingWord will create a training “hub” or resource for Bible translation and theological formation. Then, unfoldingWord will teach Arabic-speaking church networks how to use these tools to translate the Bible, check their translations, and train leaders.
While people groups across the MENA region speak dozens of different languages, nearly everyone uses Modern Standard Arabic for reading and writing. By putting tools and resources into this “trade language,” unfoldingWord makes them accessible to all.
“The Church itself can use those resources to translate the Bible into their language. They don’t have to wait on anyone,” Reeves explains.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for unfoldingWord’s leadership to have wisdom and discernment as this project prepares to launch.
- Pray all the necessary details will fall into place.