There are 6,900 languages of which there are still
2,700 into which the Bible has not been translated. A massive effort is
underway to complete the translation of the Bible into every language
of the world within the next 20 years. Many of these languages are
understood by only a few people, others by considerable numbers, mainly
in Central and North Africa, China and Tibet. It was 1,000 years
before the Bible was first translated into English by John Wycliffe.
The Catholic Church were so incensed that the Bible should be available
to the common people that, 44 years after Wycliffe’s death, they dug up
his bones and publicly burned them. It has taken seven years to
translate Bible Basics into fifty languages and so we are a
long way behind preaching to all the world, our initial ambition is 100
main languages and that would mean, if they could get a copy, over 90%
of the worlds population could read or hear about our beliefs.