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Russian Gateway Language

Equipping the Russian gateway language church network to translate Biblical content, exegetical translation helps, and translation training materials into Russian in an open-licensed format for use by minority language translators who speak Russian as a second language. Equipping the Russian network to train and equip minority language networks to use these resources to produce trustworthy scripture for themselves.


Russian Gateway Language Overview

The primary focus of this project is training and equipping the Russian gateway language church network to train and equip minority languages to produce their own scripture. Three people groups are included as part of the project, and the distribution strategy and targets are in their control.

People Groups in the Area


People Groups Directly Impacted


Potential impact

296,000,000 people

Countries ImpactedRussia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

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From the Field

The latest from field partners in Russian Gateway Language translation
Goals & Progress


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


Project Goals
Funding Goals
$9,700 of $15,500 Raised
  • 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 10 Book Packages of Scripture and Bible translation resources, translating Open Bible Stories and training more translators to do this work.

    • Book Packages

      0%0 of 15 Complete

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

      • Exodus
      • 1 Samuel
      • 2 Samuel
      • Ezra
      • Nehemiah
      • Esther
      • Obadiah
      • Luke
      • Acts
      • Ephesians
      • 1 Timothy
      • 2 Timothy
      • James
      • 1 John
      • 2 John
    • Open Bible Stories

      NaN%0 of 0 Complete

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

      • TBD
        People Reached
        In Progress
        Key Impact
  • Tools

    Three of our most important translation and translation checking tools are being localized into Russian.

    • Tools

      0%0 of 3 Complete

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

      • tC Create
      • translationCore
      • translationStudio
  • Training

    Our Russian Gateway Language team is training translators from other people groups to use unfoldingWord tools to translate the Bible and check their work themselves.

    • Training

      0%0 of 1 Complete

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

      • ≥ 45
        Workshops Hosted
        In Progress
    • Individuals Trained

      0%0 of 1 Complete

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

      • ≥ 18
        Individuals Trained
        In Progress

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  • A Scrap of Paper that Changed a Life

    • December 28, 2021

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  • 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

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    • 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...