Seizing the moment in Sudan

Stories From the Field
Seizing the moment in Sudan
A group of Sudanese refugees is learning the fundamentals of sound Bible translation so they can take God's Word back to mill...
Open Bible Stories open doors for Gospel in Venezuela
For Piaroa Christians like Alejandra, having unfoldingWord’s Open Bible Stories translated from Spanish into her heart langua...
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We deploy the open-licensed content, tools, and training church networks need to freely translate the Bible themselves.


Like wildflowers suddenly blanketing the landscape, churches are springing up overnight. These church networks are hungry for the Word of God in their heart languages. They have the people required to do the Bible translation work. We provide the tools and training to translate accurately.

More than 7,000 languages are spoken in the world. 50 of those languages are called "Gateway Languages." Why? Billions of people speak a Gateway Language and another language. So, resources translated into the Gateway Languages are the bridges to reach all the remaining languages of the world with Scripture.

The global church desperately needs the Word of God in every language. But the digital tools, content and training that empower accurate Bible translation are not available in all the Gateway Languages. We deploy those needed resources under an open CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Anyone can use these resources to freely and accurately translate Scripture with no copyright barriers.

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Through our Gateway Languages Strategy, we’re training churches to translate open-licensed Scripture and digital tools into all the world’s major languages. From there, every language group on earth can translate their own Scriptures!

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President, Wycliffe Bible Translators

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Stories From the Field

  • Iran: Bibles in every language

    • January 04, 2022

    222 Ministries President Lazarus Yeghnazar dreams of the day when his country, Iran, will have Bibles in every local language. Using unfoldingWord's translation tools and Biblica's newly-revised Farsi...

  • A Scrap of Paper that Changed a Life

    • December 28, 2021

    It was 2006. A young Islamic man, walking home in Khartoum, Sudan, found a scrap of paper that changed his life and began his journey to the forefront of Church-Centric Bible Translation. His name is ...

  • Zafar's Favorite Tool

    • December 28, 2021

    This year, unfoldingWord completed the initial training of the Russian Gateway Language team. All 50 Open Bible Stories and nine Scripture Book Packages are now available in Russian, serving as the Ga...

  • Seizing the moment in Sudan

    • November 01, 2021

    Circling the Kaaba with thousands of fellow Muslims during the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca), a young Sudanese man comes to a moment of crisis.  He realizes that fellow believers from all over the...

  • Open Bible Stories open doors for Gospel in Venezuela

      For Piaroa Christians like Alejandra, having unfoldingWord’s Open Bible Stories translated from Spanish into her heart language means more than nice bedtime stories for her kids. It means giving them ...

    • Bible Without a Village

      • December 27, 2021

      On December 4, our Spanish Gateway Language partners held their first translation workshop with Portuguese translators. Portuguese is the Gateway to 530 people groups representing about 50 million peo...

    • Ruska Roma celebrate first Scripture in their language

      • September 20, 2021

      EASTERN UKRAINE — To Samuel Kim, holding a Ruska Roma translation of 3 John means more than a chance to celebrate with his Roma friends. It’s the answer to 10 years of prayer.  In April, a team of fou...