What's been done, What's left to do
Latest Bible translation statistics
We believe that God speaks directly to every man, woman and child through the Bible. It's the best way for us to come to know and understand who God is. But unless people have the Bible in their heart language, they cannot read his message of life, hope and salvation. Millions of people still don't have a single verse of Scripture.
Let's take a closer look at the needs.
How many people have access to Scripture in their mother tongue?
The full Bible is available in 636 different languages, giving 5,135 million people access to Scripture in the language they understand best. The New Testament is available in another 1,442 languages, reaching another 685 million people. Selections and stories are available in a further 1,145 other languages, spoken by 434 million people.
How many languages still need translation?
In addition to over 2,422 active projects worldwide, work may need to be done in a further 1,700-1,800 languages.
How many people have no Scripture?
There are an estimated 160 million people without access to any Scripture in their heart language and may need some form of Bible translation to begin. At least 1.5 billion people are without the full Bible in their first language.
What is the potential impact of work that's underway?
There is known active translation and/or linguistic development happening in 2,422 languages worldwide. Staff from Wycliffe Global Alliance are currently involved in almost 2,000 of these programmes.
There are many other things we could report on...
And many we do not know. We cannot count how many lives have been positively affected as a result of Bible translation. Nor do we have a figure for the number of people who have prayed or given financially so that others might give their time and sometimes their lives. We speak on behalf of millions across the world when we say, 'Thank you!'
These figures are up to the end of November 2016 and come from Wycliffe Global Alliance.