Bible Translation Advances through illumiNations Collaboration

Starting this fall, anyone with Internet access will be able to find up-to-date information on the collective progress of Bible translation from 10 different major Bible translation organizations. As Christianity Today reports, these Bible translation agencies are collaborating now more than ever to make God’s Word known to every person in the world.

At the end of 2016, these organizations—including United Bible Societies, Biblica, Seed Company, SIL, Wycliffe, and American Bible Society—were responsible for coordinating 90 percent of global Bible translation work. Now this collaboration, known as illumiNations, will expedite Scripture translation while ensuring its accuracy and accessibility.

The goal of illumiNations is provide unprecedented access to God’s Word in a compelling format (print, audio, video) in the audience’s heart languages. A software system will track in real time which languages are being translated and how much is left to do.

Although Bible translation has improved in quality and efficiency in the last 100 years, the need for continued work is still great. An estimated 1.5 billion people from 6,000 language groups are still waiting for a full Bible in their heart language.

Todd Peterson, Seed Company’s former CEO, commented, “Everybody in the conversation is saying, ‘We’ve got to do this excellently because this is God’s Word. But we also have to do it as quickly as possible because people are dying every year. And also inexpensively, because that’s just good stewardship.’”

Excellence, speed, and efficiency are the standards of the illumiNations initiative that— through the generous gifts of financial partners—will translate the gospel into every existing language.

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