Today is Bible Sunday! We are excited that God is at work around the world enabling Bible translation so that more and more people can access his word in the language which speaks to their heart. However, around 165-180 million people still do not have a word of Scripture in their heart language.
As we approach Bible Sunday (23rd October) when we celebrate God’s word, let’s remember those who still cannot access Scripture for comfort, instruction, guidance and wisdom. Let’s not forget that many have not heard the good news of Jesus Christ because his word isn’t available to them in the language they understand best.
This Bible Sunday, if you are a mother-tongue English speaker, take time to praise God that we have multiple versions of the Bible in our heart language.
You can also praise him that today, millions more people around the world have access to God’s word in the language they understand best. Worldwide, there are about 7000 languages in active use and at least one book of Scripture exists in over 2,900 of these languages.
However, please also pray:
- for the more than 1.5 billion people who do not have the full Bible available in their first language.
- for the active translation and/or linguistic development happening in 2,267 languages.
- for people groups where translation has not yet started. Ask God to provide the people, expertise and financial resources needed to start language development and Bible translation for these language communities.
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