The Old Testament is foundational for understanding Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom and is critical to building and sustaining disciple-making movements. Yet, current translation efforts focus mainly on the New Testament alone, and only slightly over 500, or 7%, of the world’s languages have a full Bible.
“Mission history shows that no church planting movement has been sustained long term without access to the whole Bible”
Samuel Chiang, Lausanne Senior Associate – Orality
Most Bible-less people groups are oral learners yet the whole Bible in audio is only available in less than 130 languages. To reach the goals of the Global Church, there are still 6,400 languages yet to be translated that will need to be put into oral form. A second critical path step is the need to expose, educate, and mobilize the Body of Christ to create effective outreach among approximately 80% of the world’s population, the Bible-less oral people groups and oral preference learners.
To truly make disciples of all nations we must enable access and engagement with God’s Word in oral-visual forms in every language.