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By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (ANS) — Newly released statistics from Wycliffe Bible Translators — the world's largest Bible translation organization — confirm that significant progress has been made toward making Scripture available to all languages.

For the first time, 55 million people worldwide have portions of Scripture in their own language(1). However,193 million people are still without access to the Bible's Christmas story(2).

The survey results, released in a media advisory obtained by ANS, show that while some 95 percent of all Americans will celebrate Christmas(3) this year, 193 million people(4) worldwide — representing 2,251 languages(5) — will again have no access to the original Christmas story in a language that is meaningful to them.

"Wycliffe is not only using, but developing cutting-edge technology that-when combined with tried-and-true language development techniques-is accelerating the pace of Bible translation," said Bob Creson, president of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. "These statistics reflect millions of people who, for the first time, have some access to Scripture in the language they understand best."

Wycliffe Bible Translators is the world's largest Bible translation organization.

Since it's founding, Wycliffe has been involved in more than half of all Scripture translations: 721 New Testament and Bible translations impacting more than 80 million people.

Wycliffe USA is one of over 70 affiliated Wycliffe organizations around the world that are assisting the Church in making disciples of all nations through Bible translation.

Wycliffe's worldwide Bible translation work — and the language development that is a foundational element of each translation — affects the efforts of countless other Christian ministries, relief organizations, governments and more. Its reach can be seen through improved literacy rates, health care, government relations and advocacy programs. Visit www.DeMossNewsPond.com/Wycliffe or www.Wycliffe.org .

Bible Translation by the Numbers:

74: The average number of new Bible translation projects started each year (2000-2007)-an increase from an average of 25 per year in the 1990s(6)

One new translation launched every five days: Today's translation rate(7)

As of 2007: 2,251 Languages still without a translation of the Bible (no translation work has been started)(8)

As of 2000: 3,000 Languages were without a translation of the Bible (no translation work had been started)(9)

6.5 Billion: World Population(10)

6,912: Languages spoken in the World(11) (311 languages spoken in the U.S.)(12)


(1) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(2) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(3) 2005 Fox News Poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation
(4) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(5) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(6) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(7) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(8) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(9) 2007 Wycliffe Bible Translators
(10) U.S. Census Bureau
(11) Ethnologue, 15th edition 2005
(12) U.S. Census Bureau

Additional stats are available at www.DeMossNewsPond.com/Wycliffe/presskit/2007Statistics.htm

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  • suzina
    27 March 2009 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I visited your Church site, it is really privilege for me to write you with the Will of God. I found that you have awesome and precious work of Lord Jesus Christ, May God bless your Church staff and all precious work. I belong the Christian family. I am able to do work of translation into Urdu and Punjabi, if you have any translation work so please consider for the translation work, i would love to give my service to you church as a translator. Your Church material and Word of God must be reached to unreached people who didn't understand the English, those people can study and blessed through the Word of God. I hope that Lord Jesus will give the vision of Translation work and all funds. I will do pray to Jesus for this precious work. I will wait your reply.
    In Jesus name
    suzina abida

  • Khokhar
    26 May 2009 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
    I am blessed that I have gone through your website and have found it awesome one for the work of Lord through bible translation and other bible related material into different languages of the world.I want to let you know that i have done masters in Sindhi and punjabi and Urdu languages.If you have work for these languages right now.I render my services for this cause as translator.I have got translation experience as well with one of the united state christian ministry in these languages.I pray for your Ministry May God provide funds for this awesome work of God.
    Yours in Christ
    Mr khokhar

    17 March 2010 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Greetings in the name or our Lord .

    I pray that this e mail will find you in the best of your health.I feel joyfull to writte you this e mail. I have come to know about your Bible program and its teaching which is very well needed in this period of time when we are seeking the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible doctrines and teachings are adecuate for the lost children of God. I am truly impressed by the sermons and other Bible related material which will be very fruitful for the people of Pakistan as well.The literacy rate in pakistan is very low among the Christians it is equal to nothing. English language is not understood here.I want to make a request to your Bible program to allow meand my team to translate your Bible teachings into our local languages so that the people of Pakistan would be getting benefit from the word of God within their local languages and will have better understanding of the love of the Lord.We have all the infrastructure of translation and recording and have got experienced translators.We will do it in couple of languages those are Urdu and Punjabi ,these two languages are the major languages of the country right now and widely spoken . I pray to have the oportunity to became a staff member of your group, for the Service of the Lord.I hope you will consider my request and will answer me soon. His will may be done ! Thanks for the work you do for the Kingdom of God !

    Yours in Christ.

    pervaiz anthony

    from toba take singh pakistan

    phon no +923457723473

  • Themina Liqat
    5 November 2010 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Dear Incharge,
    Greetings in Jesus name,
    Faith cometh by hearing and hearing from the Word of God”(Romans, 10:17)
    “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away”
    It is really privileged for me to write to your ministry and I pray may Lord bless you abundantly.I visit your website and its really wonderful and amaizing work which you are doing .I desire that I become the pat of your Ministry and your stuff is really very good and kindly start work with us we will translate this . I am Themina Liqat from Pakistan . Nine years before I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I trust in Him as my rock and try to walk in Him, as the Word of God says don’t be lazy in struggle.
    As I was visiting your site I found that you are doing the work of translation into native languages. I am able to translate the good stuff of you into my native language Punjabi and national language Urdu. There are two purposes to request you the first one are to know the Word of God more deeply and second one to be supportive my family and to run.our Ministry. We will also teach your stuff in our working areas with our people .
    . I have studied your web site, and I found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. I found that all your material is full of knowledge concerning development of religious faith. Living in Pakistan we Christians is to face many obstacles to get the access to the Word of God. Most of the people in Pakistan are not capable to understand the English language. It’s because our national language is Urdu. My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. As a translator I will take the expenses that will be spending just for the Word. I will be looking for your kind words on this my humble request as soon as possible.
    “There is nothing more precious than to read and listen the Word of God into your own language.”
    Here is the Importance of Urdu Langauge :
    Urdu is Languages which is :
    Urdu is considered one of the sweetest language of the world. It is the National Language of Pakistan and one of the Official Language of India. According to conservative estimates Urdu has 104 million speakers all over the world.
    Countries :
    IN these countries people can understand , speak , Listen and write the ” URDU ”
    Countries with large numbers of native Urdu speakers: · India (48.1 million [1997])[8]
    · Pakistan (10.7 million [1993])[9]
    · Bangladesh (650,000)[10]
    · United Arab Emirates (600,000)
    · United Kingdom (400,000 [1990])
    · Saudi Arabia (382,000)[11]
    · Nepal (375,000)
    · United States (350,000)
    · South Africa (170,000 South Asian Muslims, some of which may speak Urdu)[12]
    · Oman (90,000)
    · Canada (80,895 [2001])[13]
    · Bahrain (80,000)
    · Mauritius (74,000)
    · Qatar (70,000)
    · Germany (40,000)
    · Norway (26,950 [2005])[14]
    · France (20,000)
    · Spain (18,000 [2004])[15]
    · Sweden (10,000 [2001])[16]
    · World Total: 60,503,578[17]
    ntries with large numbers of native Urdu speakers:
    and other some Asian Countries.
    ” Punjabi is another language .It speak in the Province Punjab of Pakistan and the Province of Punjab in India .
    I am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan where it is difficult to have Radio and TV channel for preaching purposes. They would not allow us to do that here; the Satan has real strong hold over everything. I often say that we are living in the land of the enemy.
    Friend, I humbly request you to expand your outreach your program in Urdu and Punjabi language. Urdu is the language spoken and understood by more than one sixth of the total population of the world. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and others.
    I would ask you to pray and share it among the brethren. I would offer my services for being translator, recorder and distribution/sales. I pray that your consideration will have His mark over your decision.
    Hope you will contact us soon.
    I hope you will consider me regarding this request.
    Here is all information about my Minstries,
    We started these services for the Glory of our Lord Jesus and the main purpose of this work is to stare the word of God through preaching and through upliftment of Christian who is persecuted church here in Pakistan .
    Pakistan is Islamic country we are living here in minority .We have 2nd number citizenship . Christians people are living here tough life not have much resources .Now we discovered the major reason of this miserable situation is the high illiteracy rate and poor living conditions in these areas. After knowing this reality we decided a group should be formed, which would perform its role to improve the lives of the people.
    Arooj Mariam catholac chruch chak no 318 {J B} distric Toba Tek Singh is a cluster of Saints to who are serving the God and sharing the word of God among the people as written in Matthew
    28:19 “ Go to all the Nations and make Disciples ………………”AMC has been working in 2 big regions of Punjab Province, Faisalabad and Multan. These regions consist on 8 cities and 17 villages. The Saints are going to share the word of God in these areas. District Toba Tek Singh is the center of AMC and its office situated in District Toba Tek Singh.
    AMC has been serving for the glory of God for last tree years. AMC is serving in the following fields.
    Our organization seeks to spread the word of God among all nations as it is written, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,….”(St. Mathew)
    We seek to transform the lives of people towards God, and His son Jesus.
    The main purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus with the people of God. We pray that many souls will come into His kingdom.
    Our first and foremost work is to share the word of God through Sunday Services, Home Churches Street Churches, Conventions and through Bible College.
    We are running a Bible College to train the young boys and girls to fight the good fight of their faith in an Islamic society.
    These students in this college are doing one year Diploma in Theology. They are studying Bible KJV and church history. Bible teachers are working voluntarily.
    Evening Home Schools:-
    we started this work with home evening schools for deserving Christian children .These children are working in different field like in small hotel , cleaning home and hospitals ,. And also with farmers So the education is the first step of the Development of Nation .So that is necessary for Christian people to know their religion Christianity and also know about basic education of this world .Now we started evening home schools in our working areas .Now this time we have 8 Evening home schools .
    Formal Education School :-
    In this world the formal education is very necessary for the children .Because Education is the first step of the Development of the Nations .Now in Pakistan English Medium good education is very expensives .so poor people cannot afford to get it .In 2003 we start our AMS School with Oxford Syllabus in Toba Tek Singh for poor and orphan children. In this field the volunteer pastors, assistant pastors and college students are struggling to find funds to support Christian students for their educational needs.
    In this Ministry our volunteer pastors and assistant pastors are taking Sunday schools for more or less 100 Children in different areas of Punjab. We believe that the children must know Jesus from their childhood.
    We are struggling to find funds to provide some orphan children their basic needs of life like education, food, clothes, medicines and other needs of life. We have an orphanage building and funds to run it in our prayers for these Christian children. We have 42 orphans children to Support ( We are supporting them )
    Women Ministry :-
    We have 8 women group in our working areas .We are working with poor , old and widow women .Women activities
    1-. women prayer groups .
    2-Adult Literacy centers.
    3-Health care center .
    4- sewing Center.
    For Future :-
    1- To reach millions of lost souls .
    2- Much more home churches to share the word of God with families .Pakistan is Islamic country mijority of people are Muslems so Christians are living here in minority .Most of people are not educated and they follow Islamic customs and habits and many things . Now Muslem s motivate them and they accept Islam .
    3- An orphanage to get all the orphan together and provide them a family atmosphere .
    4- To develop the Elmentary school into High School .
    We do work then earn money to run our ministry. We dont have regular fund for our ministry. So this is my request kindly start work with us.
    We are a very small group. Kindly help us in our work.Waiting for your response.
    May God Bless you.
    Head Office Mailing add:-
    Arooj Mariam Catholac Chruch Chak no 318 { JB} Toba Tek Singh

    Toba Tek Singh 36050
    Punjab Pakistan
    May God Bless you.
    In Jesus,
    Themina Liqat

  • francis mangera ombogo
    2 April 2011 at 4:32 am - Reply

    How are you going on with your church members? I hope fine. To me here in kenya i hove got total orphans 20 and also single opharns 10 as well as widows are 40 in number. The proplem i have is to feed, clothing,beddings,mosquito nets. Infact we are a small bible study group of 144 members and our work is to share the word of GOD through reading the bible. I kindly request you to pray for us so as God to open HIS ways so as to have means of helping the people of God Let our beloved GOD to bless you allways AMEN

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