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Sharing of the Gospel to Exponentially Increase
by Sim Lee
2/25/2019 / Computers/Technology
"..and knowledge shall increase." Daniel 12:4 ESV
Bible sales have always been a large and thriving business and with new technology utilizing smart phones, it is about to get much bigger.
To understand just how exponentially bigger that will be, let us look at the past and current bible sales:
1. In the 1950s (primarily because of fewer people with less money) annual bible sales topped out at an average of $200 Million annually sales globally.
2. Today's Bible sales top $425 Million annually and there are 80,000 different versions of the Bible available for sale. One-quarter of all bibles are being sold to Americans.
3. Bible application downloads (YouVersion being the favorite for smart phones) number higher than 200 Million downloads annually.
Now that is a brisk and impressive pace for bibles going out into the four corners of the globe, but Wycliff Wycliffe Bible Translators are looking to change up the way the Gospel is being spread and double down on the use of the smart phones now in the hands of 2 out of every 5 people on earth.
Wycliff's new translation software "ParaText Lite" was developed to be used with smart phones by local (indigenous) people to creat translations of the bible in their own languages and drastically reduce the time to develop a new translation. The all important work of the locals would then be developed further by Wycliff.*
Mr. Doug Hennum, Wycliffe's Information Officer said of this effort, "We have a goal of seeing all of the remaining languages that haven't had any Scripture at least starting to get translation work by the year 2025,"
With 7,100 known languages in the world today, that will be an worthy and welcomed use of today's technology! (Wycliff just announced their 1000th translation in the fall of 2018)
* "New Bible translation technology by Wycliffe spreading Gospel faster than ever before" by Brandon Showalter, CP 2/13/2019
Sim Lee is a retired NE Iowan who loves all of God's creatures.
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