Thailand (MNN) — Biblica attacks
every project they attempt with the same finely-honed focus of providing access
to God's Word.
Vice President of Outreach Rich
Blanco outlines their three-pronged strategy through translation, publishing,
and Bible engagement. "We talk about that those first two, the translation and
publishing, are the foundation of what we do; but really, what we build on top
of that foundation is Bible engagement. How do we get people into the Word, into a deeper understanding of the
In answer to that question, Blanco says it is one thing to get the Bible to people in their heart language: "Usually
the next step after the full Scripture text is translated is providing some
additional materials that will help the Thai speakers to go deeper in their
understanding of Scripture."
After eight years of working on
it, Biblica launched the Thai NIV Study Bible.
It is one of the first Study Bibles available in the Thai language, providing
more than 20 million Thai speakers an opportunity to connect with Scripture. "In some cases, pastors who are called to
lead a congregation have very little training. This Study Bible becomes their
seminary in one volume. It becomes a critical resource for them to lead a
congregation and to teach and preach."
Leaders needing sermon resources
will find the Thai NIV Study Bible
a good fit for their needs. Blanco explains, "Some of the features of the Thai NIV Study Bible
include character profiles, introductions and outlines to the books, valuable
background information of each book, maps, charts and illustrations, even a
Excited believers gathered on November
27 at Wattana Church in Bangkok to celebrate the release. The team was painstaking in making sure that
the translation was produced with accuracy and clarity. "This will be promoted
through local churches, seminaries and Bible schools."
"We pray that the Thai NIV Study Bible will be a
great blessing to Thai Christians, and that we will gain further understanding
of God's Word so that our lives may be changed accordingly," said Naree
Chestsuttayangkul, the Thai translation project coordinator.
Blanco says, "The hope that we
have is to just see God utilize this tool to make churches more effective in
doing what God calls the church to do, and that is, spreading the good news of
The Bible will also be available
upon request to Thai speakers in other regions of the world. The Thai Bible
without study notes is available in PDF form at Biblica.com/bibles.