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 531 different languages, giving 4,924 million people access to Scripture in the language they understand best. The New Testament is available in another 1,329 languages, reaching another 634 million people. At least one book of the Bible is available in a further 1,023 other languages, spoken by 243 million people.
How many languages still need translation?
In addition to over 2,195 active projects worldwide, work needs to be done in a further 1,860 languages.
How many people have no Scripture?
There are an estimated 180 million people without access to any Scripture in their heart language. There is a total of around 1.3 billion people without access to 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 2,195 languages across more than 130 countries potentially impacting 1.9 billion people. Staff from Wycliffe Global Alliance are believed to be involved in at least 78% 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 2014 and come from Wycliffe Global Alliance.