Bible Translators Have Big Gift to Assist With Huge Goal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wycliffe U.S.A. is launching a major effort to translate the Bible into the native tongues of more language groups.

And they have a $50 million dollar gift from an anonymous donor to help with their goal of translating the Bible into the remaining 2,400 or so language groups around the world which don't have their own translation.

The group's president, Bob Creson (CREE'-sun) says about 1,400
Bible translations in over 70 countries around the world are already under way.

Creson says 75-year-old Wycliffe U.S.A. dedicated itself publicly over the weekend to its effort called The Last Languages Campaign.

And he says the public is always welcome to assist.

He stresses that literacy is always a component of their mission. He says it's especially important to teach women in illiterate societies to read and write since they then become "change agents" in their families and societies and react proactively to address needs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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