Believers Finish New Testament Translations in 15 Languages with Help from unfoldingWord

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If you live in North America or Europe, you’ve probably always had a Bible within reach, whether you wanted to read it or not.

“English speakers have had it for hundreds of years; it’s not something we’ve struggled [to access],” unfoldingWord CEO David Reeves says.

On a global scale, many believers don’t have this luxury. According to Wycliffe Global Alliance, 1.5 billion people have only a partial Bible. Of them, 220 million people in 3,883 language groups have nothing.

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Little by little, that statistic is starting to change. In South Asia, Christians recently finished New Testament translations in 15 languages spoken by nine million people. This work “wasn’t done by Western missionaries. It was done by the people who will be using them,” Reeves says.

“Amid some tough obstacles – COVID outbreaks, lockdown, severe economic difficulties, persecution – they just kept working on it because they wanted these texts. They were tired of waiting on someone to show up [and do the work].”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Praise God for opening doors of opportunity in South Asia so believers can have access to His Word.

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