Posts Tagged ‘unwritten languages’

7,097, actually… given the latest statistics!

And how many of them have a Bible or a New Testament or some portions of scripture – or nothing!?

The visual below is on the Ethnologue website which is a great source of information for world languages.  They have created a brilliant interactive map where you can see exactly where each language is and you can zoom in by clicking on the map.

Living languages of the world

Living languages of the world

Zoom in to see just how many pins are packed onto each region. Myriad factors – terrain, cultural history, the spread of ancient civilizations – play into how many languages exist in a certain area. As shown in the pie chart, the majority of languages are concentrated in Africa and Asia, with the fewest belonging to Europe.

And what about which ones have the Bible – or not?

Bible translation statistics Oct 2015

Bible translation statistics Oct 2015

For more information about current translation statistics, go to

If you would like to learn more, contact me – or go to our Wycliffe UK & Ireland website


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Few people think of Wycliffe Bible Translators as serving the poor and disadvantaged people groups in the world. Here is an article from our website

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ commanded his followers to share the good news with all nations.

Bible Text

Since Scripture is essential to knowing Jesus, it must be translated so that people everywhere can truly understand its message. As directed through the Great Commission, the Church carries the responsibility for Bible translation. Wycliffe serves the Church in this specialized ministry.

History documents the Bible’s profound impact on individuals and societies. Its impact is greatest when written in the “heart language” of a people. Barriers to understanding the gospel are reduced. People grow spiritually. Strong, healthy churches result. Strong churches reach out to their neighbours, which can ultimately transform whole communities.

Wycliffe members often focus on assisting language groups who speak previously unwritten languages. These groups and individuals are preliterate, at least in their mother tongues. Members of groups like these may live outside the mainstream of national life in the countries where they reside, separated by invisible barriers of language and culture.

Wycliffe is willing to serve these communities, including those that are small, seemingly insignificant, remote and difficult to access. As a result, Wycliffe is involved with serving some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world. This is our privilege.

We look forward to seeing people from “every language, tribe and nation” praising Christ in heaven.

Want to help make this happen? Find out how here

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I enjoy chopping vegetables for stir fry: onions, ginger, chillies, leeks, scallions, cabbage… But today’s image in SU WordLive is not about cooking or food for everyday life; it’s about God and about how he has spoken throughout history to bring his love to all his created peoples.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.   Hebrews 1:1-2

SU WordLive notes go on to say:

God’s word is not static. God did not speak to the Israelites, to David and to the writer to the Hebrews only to withdraw into silence. The Bible is not just an ancient text, belonging to a bygone era. God speaks today ‘in various ways’ (Hebrews 1:1), but above all through the Scriptures, which are active and alive. His word requires a response from us.

God speaks today in various ways. God longs to speak his Word through the unwritten languages of the world so that everyone can hear or read for themselves the message of God’s Word.

That’s what we aim to do in Wycliffe Bible Translators – there’s a good video on the front page about Vision 2025 and you can read more about the Bibleless peoples of the world here

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