Pray for the Global Bible Translation Movement

Because Every Person Needs Access to God's Word in Their Own Language

If you’re reading this, you most likely have a Bible somewhere in your home in a language you can read and understand.

But of the approximately 7,000 different languages that exist around the world, there are still 1,575 languages that don’t yet have a single verse of Scripture available. That equates to millions of people who have yet to hear that God loves them and wants a relationship with them.

This is why translating the Bible is an urgent priority for American Bible Society and Bible Societies around the globe. In Romans 10:14 it says, “But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?” We want every person in the world to hear from God’s through his Word—and it begins with translation.

Translating the Bible

It takes a community. Translating the Bible requires the efforts and resources of many members. Local churches, translators, translation consultants, publishers, distributors, financial partners, and prayer partners are all essential in making God’s Word available in other languages.

It takes time. Some translations take longer than others due to resources, funding, partners, and project complexity. The Bible Society in Angola labored for 18 years to complete the translation of the first complete Bible for the Umbundu people. There was a great celebration when they finally received God’s Word!

It takes innovation and technology. The Bible is being translated for deaf communities and people with visual disabilities. Technology is critical in presenting God’s Word in visually and audibly comprehensible ways for every heart language.

It takes prayer. Your prayers are essential in bringing God’s Word to people around the world for the first time. Will you join us in praying for Bible translation?

Pray for:

  • The Bibleless. Ask God to care for people still waiting to receive a Bible in their heart language. Pray for their salvation and protection.
  • Translation Projects. Pray for 400 translation projects in progress through Bible Societies around the world in 2018. Ask God to provide wisdom, strength, and encouragement to all those working to make his Word available in communities worldwide.
  • Transformed lives and communities. Pray for people as they receive a Bible for the first time, that God will stir a hunger and a passion to read and study the Scriptures. Pray that lives and communities will be transformed by the power of God’s Word. 

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