Celebrating God’s blessings on Bible Society work

Celebrating God’s blessings on Bible Society work


Scripture tells us to remember how the Lord
your God has blessed you in everything that you have done. As we look back at some of the fruits of our
work together since 2010, we give thanks to God for his blessings and for the partners, donors, volunteers and
prayer supporters, who have worked alongside us to make the Bible available to everyone. Despite many challenges, including conflict,
extremism and disease, there has been significant progress in Bible translation work. Of the nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the
world, 2,935 now have some Scripture. 563 languages spoken by 5.1 billion people
now have the full Bible. The launch and development of the Digital
Bible Library ® has given hundreds of millions of people across the world unprecedented access
to the Bible in their heart language – at the touch of a button. Our partnerships in Bible translation have
borne much fruit, helping to train and equip local Bible translators and release resources
that help us to do Bible translations better, faster and more collaboratively. In 2013, we launched a campaign to complete
the translation of 100 Bibles in 1,000 Days. 90 Bibles have been completed and the remaining
10 will be completed in 2016. More and more Bible Societies have begun working
with ministry partners to translate the Scriptures for a largely unreached people group – the
Deaf. Amidst all the changes faced by the global
Church, including increasing persecution and secularism, and the rapid growth of Christianity
in some parts of the world, the Bible has been more in demand than ever before. Significant rises in Scripture distribution
were reported by Bible Societies in countries suffering from war and persecution, including
Syria and Iraq. Digital has become an increasingly important
tool in our work to make the Bible available to everyone. With the incredible growth in social media
usage globally, many Bible Societies have developed their presence online. Our Digital Bible Facebook page alone grew
from 5 million to nearly 9.6 million fans, and over the past 2 years our posts have reached
2 billion people. Helping people to encounter, understand, and
apply the Bible to their lives, has become an increasingly important part of Bible Society
work since 2010. Our Bible-based HIV/AIDS outreach program,
The Good Samaritan Program, has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of people in sub-Saharan
Africa, fighting HIV/AIDS with education, support and love. Hundreds of thousands of people across the
world have also benefitted from our Bible-based literacy projects, gaining life-changing literacy
skills, and learning about the Bible too. This work has been recognised by UNESCO. An increasing number of Bible Societies are
running Bible-based trauma healing programs, which have helped more than a million traumatised
and hurting people to rebuild their lives. Bible Societies are doing more than ever to
include people with visual disabilities in their wider ministry. As well as providing
Braille Scriptures, they are helping them to be part of a community, and advocating
for them in churches and society. Bible advocacy work has developed significantly,
too, with Bible Societies helping people and communities to understand the relevance of
the Bible to their lives and to society as a a whole. Engaging the next generation with the Bible
has continued to be an important area of focus for many Bible Societies. We’re so thankful for all that God has done
has accomplished through our Bible Societies and our partners, and we can’t wait to see
what he is going to do in the years ahead.

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