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Latin American Spanish

Church networks across many Spanish-speaking nations are raising up a new generation of fully-equipped and trained Bible translation leaders.


Project Overview

This project equips and trains church networks in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Leaders and translators train people in their networks to then train others with a complete suite of open-licensed Bible translation content, tools and training materials. Leaders and translators in 500-plus indigenous people groups in Latin America will then be able to translate the Bible accurately for themselves.



People Groups Affected


People Impacted


Countries ImpactedArgentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

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From the Field

The latest from field partners in Latin American Spanish translation
Goals & Progress


Partners need your help as they mobilize, train and equip local church members to reach the unreached.
  • Content

    Open-licensed Bible translation resources empower the global church.

  • Tools

    Software equips church networks to execute our Gateway Languages Strategy.

  • Training

    Trained believers train others to do Church-Centric Bible Translation.

  • Content

    In this phase of the Latin American Spanish Gateway Language Project, we will focus on translating 13 Book Packages of Scripture and Bible translation resources, translating Open Bible Stories and training more translators to do this work.

    • Book Packages

      Books of the Bible — and all the necessary resosurces needed to accurately translate them — are being translated into Spanish. Once a Book Package is complete, it can be used to translate that book of the Bible into hundreds of languages connected to Spanish!

      • Ruth
      • Titus
      • 3 John
      • Nehemiah
      • Esther
      • Obadiah
      • Jonah
      • Luke
      • Ephesians
      • 1 Timothy
      • 2 Timothy
      • 1 John
      • 2 John
    • Open Bible Stories

      Fifty Bible stories spanning Genesis to Revelation. The team will produce four Audio OBS packages and reach more than 75,000 people.

      • 1
        Print Translations
      • ≥ 75k
        People Reached
        In Progress
        Key Impact
    • Whitepapers

      Our partners are translating five of unfoldingWord’s expert whitepapers in this phase of the project. These whitepapers explain what it means to equip the worldwide church networks to translate the Bible accurately themselves and how to achieve that.

      • The Gateway Languages Manual
      • The Gateway Languages Strategy
      • Trustworthy and Trusted
      • From Unreached to Established
      • The Christian Commons
  • Tools

    Four of our most important translation and translation checking tools are being localized into Spanish.

    • Tools

      Our partners are localizing four translation and translation checking tools. These tools help Bible translators swiftly and accurately translate Scripture.

      • tC Create
      • translationCore
      • translationStudio
      • Gateway Language Project Tracker
  • Training

    Our Latin American Spanish team is training translators from other people groups to use unfoldingWord tools to translate the Bible and check their work themselves.

    • Workshops

      Our workshops teach fundamentals of accurate Bible translation and translation checking.

      • ≥ 150
        Workshops Hosted
        In Progress
      • ≥ 60
        Workshops Completed
        In Progress
        Key Impact
      • ≥ 180
        Individuals Attending
        In Progress
        Key Impact
    • Individuals Trained

      Outside of seminars, individuals and small groups get coaching online or in-person.

      • ≥ 150
        Individuals Trained
        In Progress
      • ≥ 25
        Individuals Trained
        In Progress
        Key Impact

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