Rejoice and give Praise!
For those of you who follow the ION Prayer Team efforts you are aware that we have been praying for those 1,778 People Groups that do not have one verse of Scripture. So this week as the following press release from UBS https://www.unitedbiblesocieties.org/ came out, it is especially exciting to all of us to see!
The number of Full Bibles moved from 514 to 563 languages. The number of those who do not have one verse also moved! We rejoice over the behind the scenes activity of collaboration that has been taking place.
As you read the release you might also take note of several additional “firsts” to celebrate!
- 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people
- 11 more communities now have their very first full Bible
- 6 communities now have a New Testament
- and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture
By the end of 2015, the DBL contained no fewer than 1,201 Bibles, Testaments and portions in 957 languages. These languages are spoken by over 4.6 billion people.
See the UBS press release at:
Thank you for linking in prayer for those still waiting for Scripture in their heart language. God is certainly moving in this area and we rejoice over the answering of prayers.
50 New Scripture Translations Completed Last Year 2015
Contact: Gunnar Mägi, Marketing and Brand Manager, Global Mission Team: Partnerships & Communications, United Bible Societies, +3725034980
SWINDON, UK, April 11, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ —
In 2015 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. 11 communities now have their very first full Bible, 6 have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture.
Languages are constantly developing so Bible Societies are also committed to revising existing translations and providing new translations, when requested, to help as many people as possible engage with the message of the Bible today. In 2015 this resulted in a further 20 new translations and revisions plus 2 study editions with the potential to reach over 127 million people.
Status of Bible translation at the end of 2015
The full Bible is now available in 563 languages spoken by nearly 5.1 billion people and a further 1,334 languages spoken by 658 million people have a New Testament. This leaves 281 million people with only some portions of the Bible and a further 497 million people with no Scripture translated in their language at all.
Translation into sign languages to serve Deaf communities worldwide is also seeing significant progress. Over 300 million people are estimated to be deaf and 70 million globally have a Sign Language as their first or ‘heart’ language. There are over 400 unique Sign Languages and yet the New Testament is only available in American Sign Language and this is the largest portion of Sign Language Scripture currently available.
• Ceylon Bible Society published Sign Language selections from Acts
• Hungary and Lithuania produced the first ever drafts of Mark’s gospel
• Brazil produced 15 new Bible stories in Sign Language
• The Mexico team completed Luke and Acts
• The ViBi team in Japan completed Exodus, Titus and Ephesians.
Scriptures in Braille
285 million people worldwide are estimated to be visually impaired, of whom 40 million are blind. Significant progress continues to be made in serving these people by providing scriptures in Braille.
• In Sri Lanka Sinhala Braille Bible – 44th language
• In Mexico the first Braille portion in the Purepecha
• Additional portions in Spanish and Armenian
• New version of Dutch Braille Bible
Greater Electronic Scripture Access
The Digital Bible Library® (DBL) is central to UBS strategy to make the Bible as widely and easily accessible as possible. By the end of 2015, the DBL contained no fewer than 1,201 Bibles, Testaments and portions in 957 languages. These languages are spoken by over 4.6 billion people. The DBL is owned and maintained by United Bible Societies in partnership with other Bible agencies and with the support of the Every Tribe Every Nation alliance. It makes the Bible accessible by providing Scripture texts to the public through partners such as BibleSearch and YouVersion.
The full report and the full list of translations completed in 2015 can be found here:
United Bible Societies:
United Bible Societies is a global network of Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories across the world. Together, they are the world’s biggest translator, publisher and distributor of the Bible. Bible Societies are also active in areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, trauma healing and literacy. Bible Societies work with all Christian Churches and many international non-governmental organisations. Read more: www.unitedbiblesocieties.org