Church planters can’t effectively share the gospel and faithfully disciple new believers without God’s written word.
Christian radio can’t beam Scripture into remote areas unless it has been translated.
Evangelism, Teaching, Worship and typically all ministries are severely hampered unless people receive a Bible in a language they can adequately understand.
Across Africa, some hundreds of language groups don’t have Scriptures in their own language.Millions of people are still cut off from the life-changing power of God’s inspired Word.
How can Scriptures become available in the languages where they are still needed?This vital ministry can only happen through the work of a broad and skilled team. This typically includes linguists, translators, literacy teachers, ethnomusicologists, computer specialists, administrators and more. Perhaps someone like you!
Are you passionately interested in reaching the un-reached through Bible translation? Contact us now. (Below are possible ways you can get involved in this ministry.)
Africa is the second-largest and second-most-populous continent in the world with an estimated population of over 1.3 billion people. It is home to the highest linguistic diversity in the world, with over 1500-2,000 different languages (Epstein 1998: 9). The vast linguistic diversity is attributed to historical and political developments not only across the continent but also in the world. It is widely accepted that human ancestors originated in Africa. The fact that Africa has been home to humans for longer than any other continent is one influential factor in terms of language evolution.
Christianity in Africa began shortly after the founding of the church. It was well established in North Africa in the early centuries after its founding. By the A.D. 500s, Christian missionaries had succeeded in spreading their faith into the heart of the continent. Important Africans who influenced the early development of Christianity include Tertullian, Perpetua, Felicity, Clement of Alexandria, Origen of Alexandria, Cyprian, Athanasius, and Augustine of Hippo. (1)
However, by the beginning of the 19th century, there were few practicing Christians in Africa. 80 percent of Christians lived in North America and Europe. The church in North America and Europe (global North) began to send missionaries in central and southern Africa in the early 19th century.
Motivated by the pressing need for all peoples to have access to the Word of God in a language that speaks to their hearts, and reaffirming our historic values and our trust in God to accomplish the impossible, we embrace the vision that by the year 2025 a Bible translation project will be in progress for every people group that needs it.”