Daily Topic for December 12, 2006
Does this sound like a God who does not care? Does He, who sends us out to give His good news to every people group on earth, not love each one? To ask that is to answer it! More than that: He promises to empower us to do the task, to work with us in it, and to thoroughly equip us! He prepares us for opposition, for hard battles, but assures us of victory! He Himself is the Vanguard and Rearguard of His army of witnesses. Best of all, He who in His grace and mercy “forms the hearts of all” turns those hearts to Himself as they receive His Word.
The One who says all these things also says, “Pray, and I will do it!” (John 5:14, 15).
Although translation work among Wycliffe Bible Translators has been progressing faster than ever - more than 2,200 languages have at least some of the Bible in their language, 3,000 or more languages still need the Good News translated into their heart language. And many live in areas difficult to reach or where there is warfare and civil unrest.
At the current rate, it would take until the year 2150 for translation work to be started in each language that needs it!
For this reason, Wycliffe formed Vision 2025, a plan that calls for the start of Bible translation projects for every language community that needs one by the year 2025. Working hand to hand with SIL International, the project requires partnership with national churches, seminaries and Bible schools, mission agencies, and other Bible agencies.
While the translation needs span the globe, 80 percent of the remaining Bible translation needs are focused on three areas of the world: Central Africa with 800 languages, the region from northern India to southern China which includes another 800 languages, and the band of islands in Asia, from Sumatra to Papua New Guinea with 1,000 languages.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Wycliffe will be able to staff and finance the work.-PS