Web site thrusts Bible translation forward

By March 31, 2011

International (MNN) — Reaching a goal to begin Bible translations in all 2,100 remaining languages by 2025 will take extreme effort from prayer warriors to translators. Even small steps, however, are imperative to reaching this goal…even steps like Web redesign.

The Seed Company has been involved in Bible translation for years. The Seed Company project OneVerse provides a significant amount of funding needed for this translation work.

"OneVerse is our program that allows anybody to be involved in supporting Bible translation," explains The Seed Company's Jonathan Kern.

Recently, OneVerse received a cyber makeover. It may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but new Web features will help spread the word about Bible translation, and get even more people involved.

"We're going to need to have a lot of people participate," says Kern, if Bible translators worldwide will reach what's being called Vision 2025.

The new OneVerse site may well serve in bringing many of those participants to the table.

"We wanted to make it much easier for our supporters and interested parties to navigate the Web site to search for translation projects, and then to be able to share what they are participating in through viral means–through Facebook, Twitter, and so forth." Kern says site visitors are not able "to get real time information on what's happening on the ground so that our supporters can pray more actively for the work that's happening in translation."

Drawing more supporters and keeping contact with translators is exciting, but the prayer aspect is vital. If the new Web site can encourage people to be praying, the work of Bible translation truly could move ahead in leaps and bounds.

The OneVerse Web site now allows users to see which translations are in the most need of funding, as well as what's needed in what regions of the world. Options are readily available for Bible-related kids curriculum and VBS materials as well.

Ultimately, though, the purpose of OneVerse is still the same: to get everyday believers involved with Bible translation worldwide. Now it's just simpler than ever to get involved. Participants can pick a translation to get involved with, and start praying or giving. It only costs $26 to sponsor one verse of a New Testament translation. It takes about 200 to 250 people to commit to giving $26 each month for 4 years to complete a New Testament translation.

You can be a part of this movement–and now in an exceptionally user-friendly way. Learn much more when you visit www.oneverse.org.

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