Scripture Access Statistics
Scripture exists in almost 2,800 of the 6,877 languages currently known to be in use.
At least 4.9 billion people have a Bible available in their first language. A further 595 million people have the New Testament (but only some, if any, of the Old Testament).
Work is in progress for many of the communities who have none of God’s Word in their language or insufficient Scripture. Current estimates suggest around 209 million people speaking 1,967 languages may have a need for Bible translation to begin.
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 dubbedThe 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.
Alliance personnel also help produce thousands of resources for literacy, education, health and other development-related goals.
Staff from participating organizations in the Wycliffe Global Alliance are currently working alongside other local and national partners in languages from 97 countries.
In 1999 Wycliffe and key partners adopted Vision 2025. Since then 300 New Testaments have been published with Wycliffe involvement, revisions of earlier work published in over 70 languages and new work has begun in over 700 languages.
By September 2012, personnel from participating organizations in the alliance were involved in 1,537 active language programs: About a third of these languages have populations less than 10,000, a third between 10,000 and 100,000 and a third over 100,000 speakers.
Additional work is known to be in progress in at least another 538 languages by organizations outside of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
There are many other numbers we could report on, and many we do not know. We do not have a count of how many lives have been touched and transformed as a result of Bible translation. We do not have a figure for the number of people who have prayed or given financially so that others might give their time and sometimes their lives.
We speak on behalf of millions of lives that only God can count when we say, “Thank you!”
All information is taken from Wycliffe Global Alliance Partners data systems as of 7th Nov 2012
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Further details about these statistics are available in the Statistics FAQ document