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As we begin 2016, we want to celebrate the progress we’re seeing in Bible translation around the world. Any time that the number of languages who don’t have access to Scripture decreases, we rejoice because more people are learning of God in the language that speaks directly to their heart!

Here are translation stats, as of October 2015:

  • There are an estimated 1,800 languages still likely needing Bible translation to begin.
  • 554 languages have the complete Bible.
  • 1,333 languages have the New Testament (and some additional portions).
  • 1,045 languages have just portions (one or more books).

This adds up to 2,932 languages with some Scripture!

And with about 7,000 languages actively spoken around the world, more people have access to God’s Word in their own language today than ever before. As we head into 2016, and more and more people get access to Scripture, we are excited to see what God will continue doing to make his name known among the nations. That is something to celebrate!

Learn more about translation statistics here.

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Wycliffe USA President Bob Creson and his wife, Dallas, thank all of those around the world who have played a role in furthering Bible translation through their partnership with Wycliffe. In their message, Bob and Dallas also discuss the life change that happened in the Bum people as a result of receiving the New Testament in their own language.

During their Scripture celebration, two Bum chiefs rejoiced over the arrival of the New Testament by bringing the Scriptures in on a throne-like bench normally reserved for men of their high position. This act represents the fact that the Bum now consider God’s Word to be their highest form of authority. Bob and Dallas express their joy over the fact that the Bum and many others now have access to God’s Word in their own language this Christmas and can personally know the Prince of Peace.

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Bill and Vonette

The work and ministry of Cru is completely entwined with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Most people are aware of our partnership with the JESUS Film Project, but most may not be aware of how instrumental Bill Bright was in our move from southern California to Orlando, Florida. We’re not only partners but also neighbors with our colleagues “across the pond” from us.

Our partnership is built around a commitment to God’s Word. Vonette Bright, along with her husband, Bill, was committed to reaching the world for Jesus Christ. Their efforts fueled an incredible missions movement. To honor our mutual commitment to the role God’s Word plays in reaching the world for Christ, Wycliffe, with Bright Impact Awardsupport from Vonette, created the Bill Bright Scripture Impact Award recognizing those who have followed in their steps with a lifelong dedication to proclaiming the Good News about Jesus contained in Scripture.

At a Christmas reception my wife, Dallas, and I recently attended, Vonette — knowing she would be in heaven soon — said, “When you hear I’m there, you can cheer!” We’re cheering today as Vonette was reunited with Bill and welcomed to heaven by Christ himself.

Vonette once said that the way she liked to start each day, just before she opened her eyes, was to say, ‘Lord, this is your day, and I want you to live it through me. Take away any anxiety, and take away any apprehension. Let me express your thoughts. Let me be your mouthpiece.’ It’s giving him control today.”

This is exactly how Vonette lived her life. She was God’s mouthpiece, exemplifying moral and spiritual values, and ministering to women all Vonetteover the world. She was a mom, a grandmother and a wife, and she had the talent and life experience to speak directly to the hearts of women today.

One part of Vonette’s legacy I’m most grateful for, is that she and Bill valued God’s Word above all else. “It is this book that tells us how to relate to God; it tells us how to relate to each other; it tells us how to relate to family,” Vonette once said. “This book tells us so much of the truth we should be applying every day and with such excitement. So many people look at biblical truth as being binding and legalistic and unhappy, but if you want to know real liberty, just apply the Word of God to your life.”

Thanking God today for Vonette’s lifetime of faithfulness, and the legacy she leaves,

Bob Creson
President/CEO
Wycliffe Bible Translators USA

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You did it!

By 1 p.m. ET yesterday, you helped us achieve our goal of 500 printed books of Luke, and then you kept on giving. By 6:30 p.m., you more than doubled that number with over 1,000 books. Now you’ve funded printing for 1,440 books of Luke, for a total of $8,642 raised. Because of your gifts, people who have never heard the miracle of the Christmas story will now have the hope of God’s love for them in their own language!

Giving Tuesday is an amazing day to celebrate generosity and to give back because God has given us so much. But it doesn’t have to end there. In fact, you can make every day “Giving Tuesday” by praying about ways that God can use you to bless others. Perhaps it is through small acts of kindness, like letting someone go in front of you in line at the grocery store, or cooking a meal for your new neighbor. It can even be bigger things like partnering with a missionary, or serving as a volunteer in your community.

At Wycliffe, we are choosing to make every Tuesday throughout the month of December “Giving Tuesday.” If you’d like to continue helping us meet year-end needs in Bible translation, take a look at the projects available here.

Whatever God places on your heart, you can use each day to show his love to others! On behalf of the Bibleless people all over the world, thank you so much for your unwavering partnership in Bible translation.

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UPDATE: Your incredible generosity helped us achieve our first goal of 500 printed books of Luke by 1 p.m. ET! With plenty of time left to give, we’re doubling our Giving Tuesday goal. Together we can provide 1,000 copies of Luke!

Giving Tuesday is officially here!

Today is a day recognized around the world as a time set apart for giving back. And since it is now December, a month that we spend celebrating the blessing God gave to us in his son, Jesus, we think this is the perfect time to bless others.

But today is more than just a day. It is the first step toward a movement of generosity, and it can be the first step toward changing someone’s life. This Giving Tuesday, we want to give you the chance to provide the printed Gospel of Luke to people all over the world who’ve never had it in their own language.

For only $6 — the same price as that large Christmas-themed coffee you’re probably thinking of picking up soon — you could bring the hope of the Christmas story to someone who has never heard it before. Our goal is to provide 1,000 printed Books of Luke to people who don’t have them in their language, today!Large_120724_8420

You probably know the Christmas story by heart, hearing it every year at your church’s Christmas Eve service or reading it together at family gatherings. So why not give someone the very same joy you feel whenever you read about the angels proclaiming Christ’s birth? Encourage your family, friends, neighbors and even your church to join along with you in giving!

Visit wycliffe.org/givingtuesday to join us in this movement. Just $6 prints a copy of Luke for someone in need. A gift of $36 provides six books. And just $72 gives a dozen people access to God’s Word in their language.

Help reach others with the hope of Christmas! And please help us by spreading the word about this opportunity.

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If you’re like most Americans, right now you’ve got Christmas shopping on your mind. And if you’re like us, shopping might have you a little overwhelmed, or frustrated, or disheartened. Enter Giving Tuesday, an internationally celebrated day for giving back.

With Wycliffe, don’t just shop for stuff. For just $6, you can give someone the hope found in the Gospel of Luke, in his or her own language.

On December 1 (Giving Tuesday) you can help us spread the hope of the Christmas story to those who have never had it. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on what God has blessed us with so that we might be a blessing to others! Click here to learn more about how to help Wycliffe celebrate Giving Tuesday by providing the Christmas story to people worldwide who’ve never had it in their language. Our goal is to fund the printing for 500 books of Luke on December 1. You can help us make it happen!

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Tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 23, Christians around the world will set aside time to celebrate the Scriptures.

“We believe that setting aside a day to honor God’s word gives Christians a chance to show solidarity despite differing backgrounds, denominations, and political beliefs,” Elise Inman, spokeswoman for the National Bible Association, told the Christian Post. “International Day of the Bible is truly meant to be a time where Christians set their differences aside and unite to honor the Bible.”

To participate in the International Day of the Bible, you’re encouraged read, listen to, or watch any passage of the Bible at noon local time, either privately or in a group setting.

If you’re looking for inspiration, YouVersion has created an official 10-day reading plan for the event. You can also share your favorite Bible verse on social media with #BibleCelebration, and see what verses others are sharing.

Join millions across the world as we gather to read Scripture together!

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