Bible translation groups unite to end bible poverty

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Global leading bible translation agencies have united to end what they called “bible poverty by making the scriptures available in every language by 2033.

According to reports, of more than 6000 vital languages spoken worldwide, half still lack complete translation.

Ahead of the Easter season, the “I Want to Know” campaign was launched recently by illumiNations, an alliance of Bible translation organizations. The initiative aims to make at least a portion of Scripture available in every language within the next 12 years.

The 10 Bible translation partners include the American Bible Society, Biblica, Deaf Bible Society, Lutheran Bible Translators, Seed Company, SIL International, United Bible Societies, The Word for the World, Pioneer Bible Translators and Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.

Mart Green, the ministry investment officer of Hobby Lobby, said the partnership provides collaboration and a centralized database that allows them to accomplish more together than they could apart.

“None of our ministry partners can say that they are going to eradicate Bible poverty with their organization,” Green told The Christian Post in an interview. “But when we come together, [they] can now say that because they have nine other teammates.”

In 2010, Green rallied with resource partners and translation agencies to form illumiNations to change this reality

“To think that in our lifetime, everybody on this planet could have some Scripture in their heart language is mind-boggling because we are 2,000 years into this, and that has never happened,” Green said.

“When a people group really wants God’s Word, there’s a sense of urgency…, which means no matter what happens, they’re going to rise up…,” Green added. “They’re going to find ways to do it. They may even risk their life to translate the Bible, but they want God’s word in their heart language. And we want to be a part of helping them do this.”

Green believes this “is the most exciting part of the Great Commission in our lifetime” as it helps to make disciples of all nations before Jesus’ return.

Green explained that the newly launched “I Want to Know” campaign is for people who “want to know” who God is, how to serve Him and that they have a purpose in life.

According to illumiNations, over 1 billion people lack access to God’s Word in their language while more than half of the world’s language communities still do not have a complete Bible translation, and over 2,000 languages are yet to have a single verse of Scripture translated.

The illumiNations translators hope to ensure 95% of the world’s population will have access to a full Bible, 99.96% will have access to the New Testament and 100% will have access to some portion of Scripture by 2033, which Green believes will be a significant year for the Church.

As part of the campaign, people are also encouraged to post the Bible verse that means the most to them on social media that they “want the world to know” by posting #IWTWTKBible.

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