What's been done, What's left to do
Latest Bible translation statistics
Through the Bible, God speaks directly to every man, woman and child. But unless people have the Bible in their heart language, they cannot read his message of life, hope and salvation. Thousands of languages still don't have a single verse of Scripture.
Let's take a closer look at the needs.
How many languages have Scripture?
Over 2,817. Of these, 513 have a complete Bible, another 1,294 have the New Testament. 1,010 others have at least one book of the Bible.
How many languages still need translation?
In addition to over 2,167 active projects worldwide, work needs to be done in a further 1,919 languages.
How many people have no Scripture?
Around 98 million speak languages where there is no known Scripture, and a further 81 million speak languages which need Bible translation but where there are no current activities underway.
What is the potential impact of work that's underway?
There is known active translation and/or linguistic development happening in 2,167 languages across approximately 131 countries potentially impacting 1.9 billion people. This includes 692 languages for which there is no known Scripture; 197 languages with a Bible, 645 languages with a New Testament, and 651 languages with portions of Scripture, such as a book. Staff from the Wycliffe Global Alliance are believed to be involved in at least 79% of these programmes.
There are many other things we could report on...
And many we do not know. We cannot count how many lives have been positively affected as a result of Bible translation. Nor do we have a figure for the number of people who have prayed or given financially so that others might give their time and sometimes their lives. We speak on behalf of millions across the world when we say, 'Thank you!'
These figures are up to the end of November 2013 and come from Wycliffe Global Alliance.