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A Worldwide Effort

A look at some of the places where we work and the people we work with.

Wycliffe partners with many organizations around the world to see Bible translation completed.

Today, there are at least 2,000 languages* still waiting for a translation project to begin, but many are in areas that are hard to reach.

Here’s a glimpse of what translation efforts might look like in different regions of the world:

Africa:

As the world’s second-largest continent in size and population, Africa is home to about 30 percent of the world’s total languages. At least 700 language groups* in Africa still have translation needs. Although Africa has one of the greatest Bible translation needs in the world, local churches are quickly growing and joining in the vision of evangelism and discipleship in their own countries.

Americas:

About 1,000 of the world’s languages* are found in the Americas, which covers 11 different time zones. Bible translation needs are some of the lowest in the world, with at least 400 language projects already completed! But more than 120 languages* are still waiting for Bible translation to begin.

Asia:

Individuals and mission organizations across Asia are working together to help reach the world with the message of God’s hope and love. In many Asian countries, work that was started years ago by missionaries from other areas is now being handled by locals. Asia is quickly becoming a leading partner in advancing the work of the gospel around the world. There are more than 850 languages* in Asia that likely still need a Bible translation started.

Europe:

Since around A.D. 50, when Paul first brought the Good News to the continent, the Bible has been translated into various languages across Europe. Translation work is currently in progress for many European sign languages, as well as for many displaced people groups that have immigrated to Europe across the centuries. These communities need to hear the gospel in the languages that speak directly to their hearts, and Scripture translation is key to reaching these people with God’s love.

Pacific:

The Pacific region includes thousands of islands within the world’s largest ocean. From the Australian desert, to the dense tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea to the palm-lined coasts of Vanuatu the Pacific is home to more than 1,300 languages* (just under 20 percent of the world total). The Pacific Islands represent the greatest remaining need for Bible translation in the world today &emdash; Papua New Guinea alone has over 300 languages with no Scripture access at all.

*Many sign languages are still being identified, so this number may increase.

Statistics from the Wycliffe Global Alliance, October 2018