According to Pioneer Bible Translators, "160 million people in nearly 1,800 languages are Bibleless." In other words, 2.3% of human beings in the world do not have access to God's Word in their own "heart-language."
This huge number does not include those also without access to biblical commentaries and educational resources. If it did include them, the number would be astronomically higher. This is humbling when considering that most of us have unlimited access to free bibles, commentaries and educational resources in our pockets on mobile devices.
IDES was recently blessed with the opportunity to assist our mission partner in Egypt in translating and publishing a full commentary on the book of Romans to be distributed to local believers and nonbelievers.
It was clear that God's blessing was upon the project even during the production phase. Our mission partner shared this amazing testimony with us in the after-action report:
"The man who types the manuscripts of the commentaries from handwriting into the computer started his life as a Coptic Orthodox, a nominal Christian," our partner said. "After joining a protestant denominational church, he still knew little about the grace of God. However, as he was writing the first volume of the Romans commentary, he called us and sounded as if he had been crying."
"When we asked him what was the matter he said, 'I have just discovered the heart of the Christian life. I have spent many years of my life trying hard to live the good life and still I felt guilty and unworthy.'"
The man had spent hours pouring his energy and talent into typing the translated commentary, for the sake of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Little did he know that it would change his own life and relationship with God in the process.
"'Now after I have read the commentary on Romans,' the man said, 'I have discovered the real meaning of grace. This released me and took away all the mountains of fear and guilt. Now I can sleep in peace. Thank God for you!'"
Because of your generous support of IDES, this man's relationship with Christ was renewed. And praise God, there are thousands of people in Egypt who will now have access to this important biblical resource as they learn about Jesus.