For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
ROMANS 10:13-14 NLT
Life.Church started YouVersion to help people engage with the Bible. Year after year, more and more people join us in the vision to spread God’s Word. Installed on over 270 million unique devices, the Bible App has been downloaded in every country on earth. All of us in the global YouVersion community are blessed that we get to take part in this historic move of God. Even so, today we face a significant challenge together:
More than a billion people still don’t have a complete Bible in their language.
In fact, thousands of the world’s languages don’t even have a complete New Testament. And of these, more than 1,000 have only some Scripture, ranging from just a few Bible verses up to perhaps one or two chapters. Everyone deserves the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy. That’s why…
This needs to change.
In the past, getting the Bible into another language — accessing sources, translating, proofing, printing, and finally, distributing it — often took decades. But today, the world’s leading Bible translation ministries collaborate as illumiNations, an alliance created to help them easily exchange ideas, share systems, improve practices, and recruit givers. Working together, they have leveraged advancements in technology, communication, and travel to shorten the translation process, in many cases to just a few years.
It starts now.
Another benefit of their collaboration is that illumiNations now believes that they can have at least the New Testament translated for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. What will happen when almost every person on earth can finally engage with God’s Word in their own language? For the first time ever, not only is this dream possible, it’s actually within our reach.
We’ve already accepted the challenge.
We believe we can accelerate translation even further. That’s why, over the next four years, Life.Church has committed to match $1 million of contributions made towards Bible translation.* We’re working closely with our Bible translation partners to identify specific high-impact projects that can get the ball rolling. For example, the Mongu cluster of people groups in Zambia, Africa recently received the Gospel of Luke, the first Scripture they’ve ever had in all five of their languages: Fwe, Kwangwa, Makoma, Mashi, and Shanjo. But that’s just the beginning.
Now, we’re challenging you.
Our first project is the next book of the Bible scheduled to be translated for the Mongu: the book of Acts. Project coordinators estimate that with some financial assistance, they could have the entire book of Acts translated into all five of these languages by this September. So that’s our first challenge: Life.Church will match whatever the YouVersion community gives towards translating Acts for the people of the Mongu cluster.*
Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.
In the coming months, we’ll tell you more about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.
Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:
After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.
REVELATION 7:9a NIV