The popular Bible mobile app, YouVersion, now offers 1,500 available languages for Bible readers. This marks another milestone in spreading the Word of God to all nations.
1,500 available languages
According to Premier Christian News, the number of available languages of the Bible has increased for the last decade. In 2012, 100 languages were reached. By 2014, it has grown steadily to 500 and by 2016, the 1,000 language threshold was reached. And just last month, the faith community has achieved the 1,500 milestone.
YouVersion Bible App and Wycliffe partnership
The accomplishment has more to do with YouVersion and Wycliffe’s collaboration. The Wycliffe Bible Translators have been working on translating the Scripture for more than 75 years. They have helped millions of people around the world in readig the Bible in their own language. Today, they welcomed the online platform to reach many people as possible.
James Poole, executive director of Wycliffe, believes the digital media is “crucial” for spreading God’s Word. He said, “We hear many reports of people coming to faith in Jesus as they read or listen to the Scriptures online or on their phones in their own language. And we make translations widely available to enable this.”
Peter Brassington, who works with Wycliffe, is also delighted over the increase of the Bible translation work. He stated, “Wycliffe’s vision, working in partnership with others, is to enable everyone to have access to God’s Word in the language that speaks to them best.”
He continued, “Increasingly in this world, that includes making God’s Word available not just through print but also digitally.”
When added together with other platforms such as Faith comes from hearing or Global.bible, the available languages totals to more than 1,900.
James added, “These are very encouraging figures and the work of the Bible translation is accelerating. However, Wycliffe continues to press on for the one in five who currently do not have the Bible in the language that they understand best.”