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A few days ago – or more accurately – a few nights ago, a minister friend announced on social media:

Looks like another long night, just can’t settle. Maybe an all-night prayer session needed! Anyone need prayer?

He couldn’t sleep. Friends responded, praying for him. He offered to make the most of his wakefulness by inviting prayer requests – and fellow insomniacs obliged.

I wasn’t actually awake at the time so I didn’t read all about it until the next day, but had I been, I could have sent him some statistics to pray through.

  • There are nearly 7,000 languages in use around the world
  • 6 billion people speak languages where there is some of the Bible translated or the preliminary work for translation has begun
  • 180 million people, speaking 1,919 languages, don’t have access to God’s word in the language they understand best

Then I could have got him thinking…

What do 180 million people look like?

If you wanted to count to 180 million (and remember, some of those numbers take a lot of saying out loud, like 154,763,972), it would take you just short of a decade. It’s around the population of Pakistan, or three times the population of the UK.

And if he had still been awake, I would have asked him…

How many is 1,919 languages?

Instead of counting all the people, say you wanted to learn to speak their languages. Not fluently of course (you don’t have that much time!), but enough to be able to have some conversation with the speakers. If it takes you a year and a half to learn a language (remember, most of these languages don’t have lesson plans or even a dictionary), you’d learn your last language after 2,878 years. Time to get studying?

And I would have sent him the infographic above for some light relief.

If I’d done all this, he might have fallen asleep quite quickly. And if not and he had prayed through all that… well, prayer for those who don’t have the Bible in their languages has to be better than counting sheep!

Read more about the up to date statistics of Bible translation at The Bible World in Numbers.

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My wife used to strongly advise me to tell stories rather than quote statistics when speaking about the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. She was and is basically right – and I do love to tell stories. But sometimes there are people who need to hear the stats and there are other people who just love stats.

So I was delighted to recently receive this infographic which successfully (if not very colourfully) combines stats with stories – and gives us the latest Bible translation statistics.

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It’s that time of the year again when we get the updated Scripture access statistics!

The stat that jumped out at me is that at last the number of world languages with the complete Bible has topped 500!

Which is absolutely brilliant and very encouraging until we remember:

  1. some websites will tell us that there are over 500 versions / editions of the Bible available to speakers of English
  2. 500 doesn’t look too impressive alongside the 6,877 total of world languages

The other positive for me is this…

Current estimates suggest around 209 million people speaking 1,967 languages may have a need for Bible translation to begin.

… the needs are slowly diminishing. God is at work. God is using his people in the Bible translation task. God’s story is becoming available to more and more people in more and more media!

Today, over 100 organizations from more than 60 nations form the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Since the first Wycliffe organization began in 1942, people from these organizations, working alongside local communities, have assisted in the translation of 830 complete New Testaments and 35 complete Bibles, potentially impacting around 214 million people speaking 799 languages.

Working in partnership with Faith Comes by Hearing, personnel have helped to complete 317 Audio New Testaments as of 30th September 2012. This amounts to 41% of FCBH audio New Testament Scriptures

Wycliffe partner JAARS has dubbed The JESUS Film into over 170 languages, some or all of the Luke video in 252 languages and some or all of the Genesis video in 97 languages.

Personnel from participating organisations in the Alliance have been involved in the scripture translations behind more than 35% of the over 1100 JESUS films now available.

But hey! What about those 209 million people speaking 1,967 languages which may still have a need for Bible translation to begin? They need help.

Find out how you could help eg First Steps

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