Thursday, November 4, 2010
There are approximately 6,912 languages in the world......
1,953 of them are in the process of having the Bible translated into their language. For some this means that the actual written translation is in process. For some this means that a written language is being developed so that they can receive the Scriptures in their heart language. For others this means that there are missionaries living in with them, learning their culture and language so that they can begin work. It's a long, intense process. Praise the Lord for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are out there right now putting in the long hours and hard work to bring the Scriptures to another language group!!
876 of these languages have some Scripture, however small that amount may be.
1,168 languages have the New Testament!
438 languages are so incredibly blessed to have the whole Bible translated into their language!
2,251 languages still need a Bible translation.
What a staggering number! There is so much work left to do! I have 4 different English Bible translations sitting on my shelf....and yet 2,251 people groups don't have one word.
There is a tangible number for you. 2,251 Write it down somewhere. Keep it fresh in your mind. Please be in prayer for more people to be willing to devote their lives to the preaching of the Gospel of Christ!! Remember to keep those who are currently in different countries all over the world right now, serving God as they minister to the lost and preach the truth of the Word of God to those who have never heard it before!!
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"