“Now we know God speaks our language and that is why our joy is so high. It is now in a language that has become a bridge between us and heaven, and we are able to interact with God from the bottom of our heart.”

Liq Hirawian Haile, Administrator of the Diocese of Sokota, Ethiopia, on the launch of the New Testament in the Xamtanga language.

Today is World Translation Day. It’s a day where we can reflect on how much has been achieved but it is also a time when we look ahead to the challenges, and of the work yet to be done.

Last month a milestone was reached by global Bible translation agencies including United Bible Societies. A staggering 5.7 billion people across the world now have the full Bible available in their heart language, that’s almost 80% of the global population!

Although it would be understandable to read such an encouraging statistic and think our work is almost done the urgency of the task remains. This milestone was reached with only 700 language translations, meaning 6659 languages have yet to receive the full Bible and 3948 of those have no Scripture portion at all. The work of Bible Societies to translate and distribute the Bible to everyone in the language of their heart continues, this is our mission to the world.

Everyone, Everywhere

Today, Bible 2020, our global Bible reading smartphone app, begins a new series called The Mission to the World. Throughout October thousands of Christians across the earth will unite to read the same verses of blessing in over 130 countries and in hundreds of different heart languages.

Beginning with God’s covenants with Noah, Abram and David, the Bible 2020 readings explore God’s ongoing mission to restore his broken creation, drawing people back to himself. Together we will proclaim God’s promises to His people, bringing the words of the Bible into being for this generation.

Today’s reading is Matthew 25:35-36. Allow it to speak to your soul and pray for those who need to hear God’s voice in their brokenness today:

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

Matthew 25:35-36

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