James comments: ‘It is amazing to see the progress that has been made again this year. If progress continues to accelerate, then in the next 10–15 years we could find ourselves in the position where 95% of the world’s population has the full Bible in their language, and everybody can access at least a portion of Scripture. That would be a tremendous moment in world history!
‘Even with this progress, however, today still 1 in 5 people do not have access to the Bible in their language. It’s why translation teams worldwide continue to work with urgency. It’s also why we continue to support them in their work so that God’s word will be available to all people in their own language.’
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Notes to Editors
1. For further information, call Jeremy Weightman at the Wycliffe Communications team on 0300 303 1111 or email@example.com.
2. Wycliffe Bible Translators seeks to create a world where everyone can know Jesus through the Bible. It does this through a range of activities, including Bible translation, literacy and Scripture use initiatives. Currently, Wycliffe has 350 people from the UK and Ireland serving over 580 million people who speak over 320 languages in over 60 countries. Of the 7,300 or so languages spoken worldwide today, only 736 have the Bible. Around 1.5 billion people (1 in every 5 people) do not have the Bible in their language. As a result, translation of the Bible into people’s languages is one of the critical needs in world mission, to enable the growth of evangelism and discipleship ministries.
3. Wycliffe and its partner organisations are currently involved in about three-quarters of global Bible translation efforts.
4. Images. You can download the following images to accompany the press release, by clicking on the ‘Image’ link and then saving to your desktop. All images should be credited as follows: © 2022 Wycliffe Bible Translators.
1. Nyiha Bible translator and pastor, Wilhelm Mwakavanga, presents the Nyiha New Testament at the launch event in Tanzania on 17 May 2023
2. Neema, an Ikoma speaker, at the launch of the Ikoma New Testament in Tanzania on 10 March 2023
3. Four young girls at launch event of the Tado New Testament in Lindu, Indonesia, on 22 October 2022
4. An Aboriginal woman holds the PEV Mini-Bible, launched in 2023. The PEV Mini-Bible is an English translation of the Bible designed specifically for Aboriginal Australians who speak English as a second language.
5. Daniel Petrilă, a member of the Standard Romani Bible translation team in Romania, reads from the Standard Romani Gospel of John
6. The Ilchamus New Testament is held up with great joy at its launch in Kenya on 8 October 2022
7. Two Bashkir women at their Bashkir Bible launch in Russia on 19 June 2023
8. Two Bashkir women at their Bashkir Bible launch in Russia on 19 June 2023 (cut-out version)
9. Infographic 1, with some of the key statistics
10. Infographic 2, with some of the key statistics