unfoldingWord exists to see
THE CHURCH IN EVERY PEOPLE GROUP
THE BIBLE IN EVERY LANGUAGE
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We work with Church leaders around the world who are seeking to establish their churches in sound doctrine but lack access to Bible translations in the languages their people speak. By equipping these leaders with biblical resources and effective training, they are empowered to translate the Bible with excellence and efficiency in every language that needs one.
Imagine a world where ...
- ... the global church has expanded into every people group such that everyone in the world is within reach of the gospel.
- ... every disciple of Jesus has a pathway to grow to full maturity in Christ as part of a local body of believers led by godly leaders who teach the Scriptures faithfully.
- ... every disciple in every people group has unhindered access to excellent translations of the Bible and abundant biblical resources in their own language, in formats that make them immediately useful in evangelism and unlimited in ministry impact.
- ... the number of people across the world who are directly involved in expanding, establishing, and equipping the global church is 1,000x greater than it is today.
Our unified strategy
By purposely integrating Church-Centric Movements, Church-Centric Theological Formation, and Church-Centric Bible Translation, young churches can be established in previously unreached people groups and grow to full maturity while also learning Bible translation skills.
The outcome of this integration of theological formation and Bible translation is leadership of the church in any people group equipped to produce trustworthy Bible translations. It also helps to build a strong church that continues to expand while also using the translated Scriptures to build itself up in the faith, growing to full maturity in Christ.
- Leading the unfoldingWord project to provide unrestricted biblical content, technology tools, and training resources (including translationAcademy) to empower the global Church for Bible translation.
- Extending the Gateway Languages Strategy in collaboration with Church networks worldwide in order to provide essential biblical resources to 100% of people groups in their own languages, through languages of wider communication.
- Promoting the use of and encouraging translation of Open Bible Stories, an easy-to-understand, visual overview of the Bible. These fifty key stories, from Creation to Revelation, are effective for evangelism & discipleship, in text, audio, and video, on any mobile device, in any language, for free.
- Developing translationCore, an innovative, open-source Bible translation platform with a focus on empowering the Church to improve and confirm the trustworthiness of their Bible translations.
In the News
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...