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 2,883. Of these, 531 have a complete Bible, another 1,329 have the New Testament. 1,023 others have at least one book of the Bible.
How many languages still need translation?
In addition to over 2,195 active projects worldwide, work needs to be done in a further 1,860 languages.
How many people have no Scripture?
There are around 1.3 billion people without access to the full Bible in their first language. Over 634 million of these have the New Testament; others have portions or at least some level of translation work begun.
What is the potential impact of work that's underway?
There is known active translation and/or linguistic development happening in 2,195 languages across more than 130 countries potentially impacting 1.9 billion people. Staff from the Wycliffe Global Alliance are believed to be involved in at least 78% 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 2014 and come from Wycliffe Global Alliance.