Over 1,400 people groups are still waiting to hear and read the full gospel in the language they understand best. Nearly 400 of these languages now have some Scripture but less than a complete New Testament. Scholars estimate that another 600 or more languages still need Bible translation efforts to begin. Most of these people groups live in remote, off-the-grid locations.
We serve our translation partners in Africa with a single vision: to bring the number of language groups without the gospel to zero. We’re working to provide timely, high-impact, and sustainable solutions to overcome the geographical and logistical barriers that hinder Bible translation—for the glory of God and the good of his creation.
Communications technology can address some of those barriers, but communications systems and networks are also typically non-existent, slow, and/or unreliable. And they often require electricity where no power grid exists.
Plus, most partners need training to implement these solutions and to ensure the safety and sustainability of their efforts.
Some of our support is transactional—a one-time provision of equipment or funding, for example. Increasingly, though, we are providing ongoing operational solutions: multi-year commitments, support services rather than simply equipment, our “boots on the ground,” or a partnership arranged with a local provider that we oversee.
Our safe, affordable transportation solutions enable critical mobility: typically motorbikes, four-wheel-drive vehicles, and mission aviation services (aircraft, pilots, and/or operational support). In many places, the same pilots and aircraft that support mission efforts also make it possible for hospitals and clinics to serve the most remote people groups—to share God’s love in real-time, practical ways.
We provide training solutions wherever they’re needed: preparing pilots and mechanics for the unique equipment and conditions they’ll encounter in Africa; training national and field staff to drive and maintain land vehicles; helping local IT professionals build and deliver Internet access and network security; supplying water-safety training and equipment to translation workers who often face dangerous and unpredictable travel conditions on interior lakes and rivers.
In these countries, we support more than 120 language projects that will provide millions of people with the gospel in a language they can comprehend best. And many more projects are needed.
Our partner organizations include both global translation organizations—like Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL International, and The Seed Company—and national translation organizations ranging from Wycliffe Global Alliance affiliates like CABTAL in Cameroon to the ECC, a trans-denominational protestant church alliance now assuming leadership for Bible translation efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As we go forward, we’ll identify and deploy solutions for the greatest immediate and long-term impact. And it will help our translation partners there plan more confidently, based on the support we can commit to provide.
Most important, though, our work in Africa will share the transformative power of the gospel with individuals, families, communities, and entire people groups who are beloved by our Lord Jesus Christ.