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Wycliffe Associates Sees Record Number of Completed Bible Translations in 2020

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, saw the completion of more Bible translations in 2020 than in any other single year. “Instead of slowing down because of COVID-19, for some national Bible translators, translation has actually accelerated,”… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Sees Record Number of Completed Bible Translations in 2020

A Journey of Faith: Bible Translation and Language Preservation on Remote Island Southeast of Taiwan

TAIWAN — Christianity is central in Lanyu, a small island in southeastern Taiwan. Almost 90% of the island’s 5,000 residents are aborigines from the Tao tribe. Due to social changes, the number of people under 30-years-old who can speak the Tao language has dwindled. The UN agency, UNESCO, has classified the Tao language as endangered.… Continue reading A Journey of Faith: Bible Translation and Language Preservation on Remote Island Southeast of Taiwan

Bible Translation Surpasses Milestone of 700 Languages

ENGLAND — Thanks to a remarkable acceleration of translation work despite the worldwide pandemic, Wycliffe Bible Translators reports the Bible is now available in more than 700 languages across the globe. This breakthrough comes at a significant time as people have been reading the scriptures more than ever before during this time of lockdown. A… Continue reading Bible Translation Surpasses Milestone of 700 Languages

Wycliffe Associates Leverages Virtual Bible Translations Workshops

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has developed a virtual rendition of its MAST (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation) methodology. MAST is a collaborative translation method that involves local churches as translation teams and builds on the natural… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Leverages Virtual Bible Translations Workshops

Highly Anticipated Release of 4th Edition of New Bible Translation Textbook

CARY, NC — SIL International’s Academic Publishing group announces the highly anticipated release of Katharine Barnwell’s much-revered new Bible translation textbook. The updated and expanded fourth edition of this historic volume and classic among biblical scholars along with the new edition of the accompanying Teacher’s Manual have just been published. This new edition of Bible… Continue reading Highly Anticipated Release of 4th Edition of New Bible Translation Textbook

Wycliffe Associates Looks to Collaborative Translation Methodology to Finish Decades-Old Bible Translation Projects

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has recently identified 10 language groups that don’t yet have complete Bibles, although translation projects began decades ago. “Some were thrilled when missionaries translated even a single book of the Bible,”… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Looks to Collaborative Translation Methodology to Finish Decades-Old Bible Translation Projects

Print On Demand Equipment is “Missing Link” for Bible Translation Teams Facing Intense Persecution

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is using technology to protect and empower Bible translators working in regions of intense persecution for Christians. By using high-capacity, Print On Demand equipment, Bible translators can quickly print the Scriptures… Continue reading Print On Demand Equipment is “Missing Link” for Bible Translation Teams Facing Intense Persecution

Amazing Advances in Bible Translation for Arabic Dialects

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – We are living in the age of the most significant technological advances in human history. It almost feels like everything in our lives is changing. Yet, there is one thing that never changes, and that is God’s Word, the Bible. Regardless of what else may change, the Word of God stands… Continue reading Amazing Advances in Bible Translation for Arabic Dialects

Technology Advances Bible Translation

ORLANDO – Christian leaders from preachers to artists, musicians and politicians are declaring 2020 the year of the Bible. It’s a campaign to promote a global celebration of the Word of God. According to the new president of Wycliffe Translators, new technologies are making it easier — and faster — to spread God’s Word. Twenty… Continue reading Technology Advances Bible Translation

Christians Facing Persecution Ask Wycliffe Associates for Technology to Assist Bible Translation

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, has received requests from some of the most persecuted places in the world for Christians: Africa, Asia, and Indonesia for 1,525 computer tablets to aid in Bible translation. The tablets play a valuable role in the MAST (Mobilized Assistance… Continue reading Christians Facing Persecution Ask Wycliffe Associates for Technology to Assist Bible Translation

Wycliffe Associates Partners with Persecuted Christians to Bring Momentum to Bible Translation

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates is working to accelerate Bible translation in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world. There, the Christians facing persecution daily are still without the Bible in their language. Wycliffe Associates provides computer tablets and training to mother-tongue translators around the world, so they can translate the Bible quickly and… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Partners with Persecuted Christians to Bring Momentum to Bible Translation

Wycliffe Seeks to Begin 10 Bible Translation Projects in Nation Where Evangelism Is Not Allowed

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, is ready to begin Scripture translation for 10 languages in an undisclosed nation where the government fiercely opposes Christianity and evangelism is illegal. There are 150 language groups in the country, and Christians from 10 language groups there want… Continue reading Wycliffe Seeks to Begin 10 Bible Translation Projects in Nation Where Evangelism Is Not Allowed

Wycliffe Associates Look To Launch 100 New Bible Translations for Dayak People of Borneo

Orlando, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, intends to launch 100 new Bible translations this year among the most populous people on the island of Borneo. More than three million Dayak people on Borneo, representing 287 languages, are without the Scriptures. “Millions of Dayak people have… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Look To Launch 100 New Bible Translations for Dayak People of Borneo

Nigerian Pastors at Odds Come Together for Bible Translation Conference, Request Launch of 250 New Projects

Orlando, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, hopes to soon launch new Bible translation projects for 250 language groups in Nigeria that are without the Scriptures in their heart language. “The Christians there are pleading with us for the tools, technology, and training so they can… Continue reading Nigerian Pastors at Odds Come Together for Bible Translation Conference, Request Launch of 250 New Projects

No Matter the Danger, 600-Plus Language Groups Request Bible Translation Training, Technology from Wycliffe Associates

Orlando, Florida, USA — Church leaders from more than 600 language groups around the world have asked Wycliffe Associates for the technology and training to start translating the Bible using a translation method known as MAST (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation). “They have the commitment to proclaim Christ, even in the most dangerous areas,” said Bruce… Continue reading No Matter the Danger, 600-Plus Language Groups Request Bible Translation Training, Technology from Wycliffe Associates

Do You Understand What You Are Reading? The Work of Biblica in Bible Translation

COLORADO SPRINGS – The 8th chapter of Acts records an incident where Philip, an early follower of Jesus, approached an Ethiopian who happened to be reading a copy of the book of Isaiah. “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:30 NKJV) The man replied, “How can I unless someone explains it to me?”… Continue reading Do You Understand What You Are Reading? The Work of Biblica in Bible Translation

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Biblica Partners With Streetlights Team for Innovative Spanish-Language Bible Translation

Biblica, the International Bible Society, has licensed its Nueva Version International translation for a Spanish-language, hip-hop-style audio Bible to be produced by Streetlights, the Chicago-based ministry led by (left to right) Aaron Lopez, Esteban Shedd and Loren La Luz.

Nueva Version International translation in partnership with Streetlights to feature in creative presentation of God’s Word for contemporary audience COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Biblica, the International Bible Society (www.biblica.com), is partnering with a multi-media urban ministry team to share the Bible’s unchanging, relevant truth in an innovative way. Biblica is pleased to bring its Spanish-language… Continue reading Biblica Partners With Streetlights Team for Innovative Spanish-Language Bible Translation

Ligonier Ministries Releases a Full Spanish Translation of the Reformation Study Bible

ORLANDO, FL — Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship founded by Dr. R.C. Sproul, has announced the release of the Reformation Study Bible in Spanish, published in partnership with Poiema Publicaciones. This long-anticipated resource, La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma, is now available in a variety of cover styles on Ligonier’s website and Amazon. Today,… Continue reading Ligonier Ministries Releases a Full Spanish Translation of the Reformation Study Bible

Malawian Bible Celebration Unites Two Families Instrumental in Completing Long-Time Translation Project

Lester Chikoya (second left), whose late father began the translation project, and Darlene Bridges (second right), whose late husband helped fund the work, along with members of their families, met in Malawi to celebrate the launch of the new contemporary Chichewa Bible.

Commitment and generosity bring successful end to three-plus decades of work on ‘transformative’ contemporary Chichewa version COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Two families separated by thousands of miles but united by loss and a love for God’s Word came together as part of the long-awaited celebration of a Biblica translation project in which they featured prominently. Neither… Continue reading Malawian Bible Celebration Unites Two Families Instrumental in Completing Long-Time Translation Project

In Places Where Bible Ownership Is Illegal, Wycliffe Associates Is Helping Christians Print Translated Scriptures for Themselves

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is providing equipment for Christians to print the Scriptures in their own language in places where it’s illegal to own a Bible. Print On Demand (POD) is a Wycliffe Associates project… Continue reading In Places Where Bible Ownership Is Illegal, Wycliffe Associates Is Helping Christians Print Translated Scriptures for Themselves

One in Five Evangelicals Reject the Bible’s Teaching on Gender

ORLANDO, FL — A recent survey from Ligonier Ministries shows that 22 percent of U.S. evangelical Christians agree with the statement, “Gender identity is a matter of choice.” However, this statement directly contradicts the Bible’s teaching that our gender as male or female is given by God our Creator (Gen. 1:27). Ligonier Ministries’ biennial State… Continue reading One in Five Evangelicals Reject the Bible’s Teaching on Gender

Nigerian Bible Translators Asking for Help as Pandemic, Terrorist Attacks on Christians, and Economic Collapse Halt Work

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ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, reports that Nigerian Bible translators are asking for help after suspending Bible translation projects in 30 languages. The global pandemic, terrorism, and economic collapse have brought Bible translation to a halt… Continue reading Nigerian Bible Translators Asking for Help as Pandemic, Terrorist Attacks on Christians, and Economic Collapse Halt Work

Forum of Bible Agencies Collaborating to Provide Access to God’s Word

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NEW YORK – The Forum of Bible Agencies International is the world’s only forum for international Bible ministry leaders designed to benefit member agencies individually and through the partnerships they create. Let’s imagine that every Bible-believing Christian in America decides to move to a foreign country as ambassadors for Christ. What would that look like?… Continue reading Forum of Bible Agencies Collaborating to Provide Access to God’s Word

Pioneer Bible Translators – Bridging the Bible Literacy Gap

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DALLAS, TX – International Literacy Day is September 8, 2020. Pioneer Bible Translators’ approach to reducing illiteracy is unique. Their name implies that their work is limited to Bible translation. While Bible translation is a key component of their work, Pioneer Bible Translators’ mission and vision are much broader. The PBT team includes translators who… Continue reading Pioneer Bible Translators – Bridging the Bible Literacy Gap

Wycliffe Associates Makes the Bible Accessible for Oral Cultures

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has received requests for 479 Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRKs) that make it possible to complete an entire recorded translation of the Bible. The kits consist of a computer tablet, translation… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Makes the Bible Accessible for Oral Cultures

Wycliffe Bible Translators Launch ‘Flame New Testament’

The Flame New Testament with Genesis was launched and dedicated in late April in a quiet ceremony in West Africa, in the midst of a lockdown situation. The book and app, which has been supported by Wycliffe Bible Translators for the past 13 years, was launched with little fanfare, but still marks a historic moment… Continue reading Wycliffe Bible Translators Launch ‘Flame New Testament’

Bible Translators in Africa & Asia Risk Starvation Due to COVID-19 Food Shortages

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, reports that Bible translators and their families in remote and poverty-stricken areas are facing starvation due to food shortages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. President and CEO Bruce Smith says, “My… Continue reading Bible Translators in Africa & Asia Risk Starvation Due to COVID-19 Food Shortages

When Was the First Bible Printed in America?

ROXBURY, MA – Thousands of Bibles have been printed in America, but you probably know little about the very first Bible printed here? Read on and be amazed. The Bible Is a Missionary’s Main Tool This fact should not be a surprise. The Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word… Continue reading When Was the First Bible Printed in America?

Ohio Pastor Publishes New Bible in Burmese and New Book of Faith Stories from Myanmar

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ORIENT, OH — An Ohio pastor publishes a New Testament in Burma in a language where there has never been a Bible, and few Westerners have ever been, and the same week, he publishes his own book about the incredible move of God going on there in the midst of great persecution. Pastor and Mission… Continue reading Ohio Pastor Publishes New Bible in Burmese and New Book of Faith Stories from Myanmar

JAARS Enables Bible Translators

WAXHAW, NC – Many older Christians may still remember William Cameron Townsend, the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators. He also founded SIL International, a similar organization that specializes in translation works for some of the smallest language groups. An astute businessman, he knew that Bible translation doesn’t just happen.He knew that it would take expertise… Continue reading JAARS Enables Bible Translators

Demand for Newly Translated Bibles Prompts Wycliffe to Step up Printing Systems for Underground Churches

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, says the demand for Bibles has dramatically increased—especially in the Middle East. In areas where Christianity is a minority religion and Christians risk persecution, even death, Wycliffe Associates’ Print On Demand… Continue reading Demand for Newly Translated Bibles Prompts Wycliffe to Step up Printing Systems for Underground Churches

Wycliffe Associates Expand to ‘Impossible Places’ with Translation Projects in 450 New Languages

ORLANDO, FL —Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, is ready to begin translation projects in 450 new languages in some of the world’s most isolated regions, including places where Christianity is a crime and the Bible is banned. “We can now expand national Bible translation into places where… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Expand to ‘Impossible Places’ with Translation Projects in 450 New Languages

Wycliffe Associates Using Technology to Make Bible Accessible for the World’s Unwritten Language Groups

ORLANDO, FL — Christians from hundreds of language groups have asked Wycliffe Associates for technology to make the Bible accessible in their unwritten languages. The international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation recently has received requests for more than 300 Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRKs). The kits, developed by Wycliffe Associates, contain… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Using Technology to Make Bible Accessible for the World’s Unwritten Language Groups

Bibles For The World Encourages and Equips Chinese Believers in Light of New Policy Governing Religious Belief

Chinese Christians celebrate receiving a Bible from Bibles For The World–for many of them, the first time they have ever had their own copy of God’s Word.

Using nationals to reach nationals, organization promotes evangelism and Bible distribution under stricter laws COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the Chinese government clarifies its religious beliefs policy, Bibles For The World (BFTW) President John Pudaite says his organization will focus on the urgent need for effective Scripture distribution while helping believers understand their religious rights. According to Pudaite,… Continue reading Bibles For The World Encourages and Equips Chinese Believers in Light of New Policy Governing Religious Belief

Rare Open Session to Mark 40th Anniversary of World’s Most Popular English Bible

Members of the interdenominational Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) responsible for the New International Version (NIV) convened in Seattle in 2016.

Committee for Bible Translation reveals behind-the-scenes scholarship responsible for Biblica’s internationally loved New International Version COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Biblica, the copyright holder and global steward of the world’s most popular English translation of the Bible, is marking the 40th anniversary of its first publishing with a unique “open book” glimpse at its creation and… Continue reading Rare Open Session to Mark 40th Anniversary of World’s Most Popular English Bible

A Million Bibles for Cuba

HAVANA – Reports indicate that people are coming to Christ in Cuba in numbers rarely seen before. Lest we think that this is happening because of improved relationships between Cuba and the United States, we must remember that ministries from other countries have been working in Cuba for many years. The awakening that is happening… Continue reading A Million Bibles for Cuba

Biblica, The International Bible Society, Announces Appointment of Geof Morin as New CEO

Geof Morin has been named the new CEO of Biblica (www.biblica.com), The International Bible Society.

New leader arrives from senior executive role at partner Bible Society, inspired by ‘transforming hope of God’s Word’ COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Biblica, The International Bible Society, sponsor and copyright holder of the world’s bestselling English Bible, the New International Version, has announced the appointment of ministry leader Geof Morin as its new CEO. Currently… Continue reading Biblica, The International Bible Society, Announces Appointment of Geof Morin as New CEO

Bible Translators Caught in Midst of Cameroon Conflicts

YAOUNDÉ – Native Bible translators have found themselves caught up as targets in politically-stirred hostilities in the Republic of Cameroon. Cameroon is located on the west coast of Central Africa and is bordered by Nigeria to the northwest, Chad and the Central African Republic on the east, and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the People’s Republic of… Continue reading Bible Translators Caught in Midst of Cameroon Conflicts

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United Bible Societies Reports on Worldwide Bible Distribution

SWINDON, UK – The United Bible Societies (UBS) released a report on the 2017 aggregate Bible distribution results of the 200 Bible Societies working together in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe. United Bible Societies claims to be “the largest translator and distribution of Scripture on the planet,” providing approximately 70% of… Continue reading United Bible Societies Reports on Worldwide Bible Distribution

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Biblica Looks to Resume Meeting ‘Bible Hunger’ Need in Cuba Soon

Spanish-translation ministry and distributor welcomes ‘positive movements’ in serving country’s growing church COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Biblica, the International Bible Society, is looking forward to more opportunities to make desperately needed Bibles available in Cuba, despite a setback. Leaders of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry said that they hoped the return of a shipment of… Continue reading Biblica Looks to Resume Meeting ‘Bible Hunger’ Need in Cuba Soon

Wycliffe Associates Goal – Bibles in Every Language by 2025

ORLANDO, Florida – Wycliffe Associates has a goal of translating the Bible into every language by 2025. During 2018, the organization expects to begin translations in 600 languages, a task that was once unimaginable. Wycliffe is embracing advances in technology previously unavailable to translators. It was not all that long ago that translation of the… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Goal – Bibles in Every Language by 2025

In Memoriam: Dr. Larry Walker – 1932 – 2021

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MEMPHIS, TN – Dr. Larry Lee Walker passed away on March 8, 2021. His name is probably not familiar to most Bible-believers, but many of us are beneficiaries of a portion of his life’s work. Larry Walker was the last living scholar and translator from the team that produced the original New International Version (NIV)… Continue reading In Memoriam: Dr. Larry Walker – 1932 – 2021

Lord, Bless the BLESS Foundation

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LAKEWAY, TX – The BLESS Foundation is a Christian FBO dedicated to raising funds to support the projects of other faith-based organizations that are working among people who have not been reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. The BLESS Foundation is rather young compared to most of the FBOs that Missions Box News… Continue reading Lord, Bless the BLESS Foundation

Wycliffe Associates Coming to Foreign Christians’ Aid While Authorities Use Pandemic to Intensify Persecution

ORLANDO, FL — In countries where Christians experience persecution from governments already because of their faith, COVID 19 has led to more surveillance of Christians than ever before, says Wycliffe Associates. The Orlando-based international organization empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Church Owned Bible Translation. “It was already… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Coming to Foreign Christians’ Aid While Authorities Use Pandemic to Intensify Persecution

IBLT – The Whole WORD for the Whole World

RICHMOND, VA – IBLT, the short form for the Institute of Biblical Languages & Translation, exists to fill a major gap in Bible translation and, therefore, world missions. That gap is the extreme lack of Old Testament translations available in thousands of heart languages around the entire world. It is more than a minor semantical… Continue reading IBLT – The Whole WORD for the Whole World

Wycliffe Associates Welcomes Interim President & CEO Dr. Tim Neu

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ORLANDO, FL — The Board of Trustees of Wycliffe Associates has announced that Dr. Tim Neu has been selected to serve as Interim President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates’ global Bible translation efforts. Tim has served with Wycliffe Associates for the last 12 years, providing leadership to the ministry in areas of finance, Bible translation… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Welcomes Interim President & CEO Dr. Tim Neu

Davar Partners Asks ‘How Shall They Hear?’

AUSTIN, TX – Davar Partners International is an oral Bible organization working with other like-minded partners. Their goal is to enable every oral learner in the world to have access to the Word of God in a language close to their hearts and in a form they can understand. They want to accomplish this by… Continue reading Davar Partners Asks ‘How Shall They Hear?’

What Does “SIL” Translate To?

DALLAS, TX – The SIL International story began in the jungles of Guatemala when 21-year-old William Cameron Townsend was distributing Spanish translation Bibles among the Kaqchikel Indians. In the midst of his missionary work telling the Kaqchikel about the Jesus of the Bible, one astute Indian confounded the Bible college-educated Townsend with this question. “If… Continue reading What Does “SIL” Translate To?

Wycliffe Associates Provides Technology to Keep Projects Moving Forward Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is providing computer tablets and virtual tools to help mother-tongue translators continue their work in spite of COVID-19 and oppression from anti-Christian authorities. “Several Christians traveled from a dangerous country to… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Provides Technology to Keep Projects Moving Forward Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

Spreading the Spoken Word

DALLAS, TX – According to Spoken Worldwide, seven out of ten people around the world do not have access to a Bible in their own language, and, if they did, they would not be able to read it. Think of it this way. If you have nine friends over for a backyard barbeque, seven of… Continue reading Spreading the Spoken Word