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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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How to Open a Gateway Language Project


You can take on the challenge of adopting a Gateway Language, connecting with church leaders, building a team, and collaborating together to equip the church.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you really want to make an immense impact toward the establishing of a mature church in every people group, with a trustworthy translation of the Bible in their own language, read on!

In order to achieve this objective, there are critical things you will need to understand just before jumping in. These are the steps we suggest taking:

  1. Learn – World missions in the 21st century is changing rapidly, becoming more scalable and effective. In order to understand how this affects and drives our strategy (and your involvement in it!), please read everything on our Strategic Overview page, as well as the Church-Centric Bible Translation website. (You may also find this video from a recent conference helpful.)
  2. Connect – Discuss what you are learning with others in your network who may be willing and interested in joining the movement, and pray together for God’s direction and for open doors. You will need to build a flexible, capable team that works together well.
  3. Do – Prayerfully choose a Gateway Language to focus on (the list is here). You will need to connect with leaders of the church in that region of the world to develop relationships and learn from them how you can collaborate together to equip every people group in that region with effective and unrestricted biblical resources.

Contact us with any questions, and let us know when you are ready to begin! We will connect you with others and do what we can to help.

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...