Wycliffe Associates has given a heads-up that 2018 could be a momentous year for Bible translation.
Bruce Smith, the leader of the international organization renowned for translating the Bible in dozens of languages, announced that his group has been working at full capacity to get the Word of God out in never-before-seen numbers.
He went on to explain that interest in Bible translation around the world has "gone viral.”
Due to Wycliffe’s new strategies, methods, tools and resources, the Bible-translating organization has seen 193 completed New Testaments in the past three years alone.
"This is at a pace – and at a scope around the world – that is really unprecedented in the history of the world,” Smith asserted. “And so as that happens, inevitably, the Christians in the surrounding communities – and even countries – get curious about how it happens so quickly, and why it's happening. And when they find out that the tools and resources for them to steward God's Word for their own people are now in place, that's what creates that readiness … and that desire to have Scripture sooner – instead of later."
Smith told OneNewsNow that his organization has received requests for 600 new Bible translation launches in 2018.
"It's the first time in my experience in Bible translation over the past 18 years that we've had more demand and more request for new Bible translation starts than we were able to meet," the Christian leader noted.
Smith also pointed out that Wycliffe Associates is mobilizing people and resources to face this great challenge. The nonprofit Christian organization is working toward the goal of having a Bible in every language by the year 2025.