Every person in the world needs the Bible in the language they understand best
You can equip churches worldwide to translate Scripture accurately and make disciples of Jesus
Empower the greatest workforce in the world
We deploy the open-licensed content, tools, and training church networks need to freely translate the Bible themselves.
THE CHURCH IN EVERY PEOPLE GROUP
THE BIBLE IN EVERY LANGUAGE
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.
Engaging the world through Church-Centric Bible Translation
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!
What do Church Networks say about Church-Centric Bible Translation?
Partnering with Bible translation leaders“God is using unfoldingWord to innovate in ways that engage churches to own Bible translation needs for their communities. Wycliffe counts it a privilege to partner with unfoldingWord in these efforts!”
President, Wycliffe Bible Translators
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...