“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” —2 Timothy 3:16-17
Watching children learn to communicate in any language is a fascinating and wonderful experience. As a child’s vocabulary grows, dialogue begins and relationships are nurtured with creativity and mutuality. Eventually children also learn to read and write, and whole worlds open up to them.
Language is one of the biggest barriers the global Church faces in bringing the Good News to all peoples. Despite rapid global changes that have allowed the Gospel to spread to new peoples and places, Wycliffe Global Alliance estimates that 255 million people, speaking nearly 4,000 languages, still do not have access to any translation of the Good News in a language they can understand.
Some of Frontier Fellowship’s partners in places like Ethiopia and the Middle East are helping translate and distribute new translations of the Bible. They report that many times, when people receive the Bible in their heart language for the first time, they are overjoyed to be able to hear, receive and embrace the truth of Jesus in a deeper way.
Are there people living in your community whose first, or “heart,” language is not English? Learn how to say a common greeting in those languages and use it whenever you meet someone from that language group. Pray for Bible translation efforts around the world, that all peoples would soon have access to God’s Word in their heart language.