Monday, November 5, 2007

Speading the Good News with Technology

Today I want to call your attention to an interesting article I read in the Saturday, November 3, 2007 Washington Post entitled, "Plugging the Planet Into the Word."

The subtitle of the article, "Christian Groups Use Technology to Greatly Expand Bible's Audience," really speaks to encouraging missionary work discussed in the story.

The reporter, Mary Jordan, pointed out that, "Since 2000, the Bible -- or parts of it -- has been translated into 600 more languages, making it more accessible to tens of millions more people, according to the Forum of Bible Agencies International. An additional 1,600 translation projects are underway that will leave only about 3 to 5 percent of the world's population without the best-selling book of all time available in their native language."

The one fact mentioned that really surprised me was that it can take 30 years to to translate the Bible into a rare language and can cost up to one million dollars! The Forum of Bible Agencies International was one organization listed in article which has taken on this task: A useful site referenced in the article, to chart the progress of the Good News globally is:

In sum, I found that this newspaper article offered encouraging news about the spread of the Gospel, which Jesus Christ told us to do in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (King James Version)

Have a blessed day!