Help Spread the Word (in 2000 Languages)
Presbyterians have engaged in the work of Bible translation for generations. Helping people gain access to God’s word in the language they understand is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission – and the Great Commandment. The Presbyterian Foundation is joining hundreds of Presbyterian congregations to help carry out that legacy today by supporting Wycliffe Bible Translators, the world’s largest ministry for Bible translation.
Today about 209 million people do not have any Scripture in their language. Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. In the process, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development, and church partnerships. Bible translation can provide individuals with both spiritual and physical freedom as God’s Word becomes flesh, speaks their language, and transforms their lives for the better.
“Introducing God’s Word to women and men in the language that speaks to their hearts is perhaps the most effective means of evangelism,” said Tom Taylor, president and CEO of the Presbyterian Foundation. “The work of Bible translation is also foundational to combatting poverty, caring for the unloved, feeding the hungry, and raising the opportunities for literacy, education and cultural preservation. No single group does these things better, more faithfully, or on a larger scale than Wycliffe Bible Translators.”
The Last Languages Initiative aims to see spiritual transformation in the people groups of the world by helping them translate God’s Word into the languages they understand best.
At least 4.8 billion people have a Bible available in their first language. An additional 595 million people, speaking 1,275 languages, have the New Testament.
Current estimates suggest approximately 209 million people speaking nearly 2,000 languages may have a need for Bible translation to begin.
You can help!
Pray: Resources include: Wycliffe’s prayer blog, updated daily with new requests; the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project, where interested supporters can receive specific prayer needs for a people group and updates about their translation progress; opportunities to pray for a Wycliffe missionary; and more. Visit www.wycliffe.org/Pray for more information.
With your partnership Wycliffe can help provide Bibleless communities with countless benefits, like literacy for those who need it. Readers can learn how to improve their family’s health, run a business, seek justice, and grow spiritually. Visit www.presbyterianfoundation.org/wycliffe
to learn how your gift can help transform lives – now and for eternity.
Not only does Wycliffe need people to work in language development and Bible translation, but many are also needed in essential jobs such as teaching, IT, and management. There are also many short-term service opportunities with Wycliffe for all ages and walks of life. Visit www.wycliffe.org/Go
for more information.
Your church can help, too:
Include the Wycliffe “Last Languages Initiative” in your 2013 Mission Budget.
Consider taking a special offering for this work. The Foundation has worked with Wycliffe to create bulletin inserts and pew envelopes that you can use for this offering. Members can also make contributions online at www.PresbyterianFoundation.org/wycliffe.
Consider including an article about the “Last Languages Initiative,” and your church’s participation, in the church newsletter. Sample articles and photos are available at the above website.