As I look back on this past year, I’m reminded of a passage from the book of Isaiah: “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” Part of what I love about this verse is that it’s actually God who’s speaking. He’s the one declaring new things and causing them to spring up, and it’s Him who’s announcing them to us. God is the Author of new things.
Fiscal year 2015 was certainly a time for new things at Biblica. We launched into a fresh season of ministry with new team members, clear direction, and focused vision. Throughout these endeavors, our desire was to hear God’s voice and align our ministry with His leading—His announcement of new things.
When Biblica was founded back in 1809 (as the New York Bible Society), our goal was to get Bibles into the hands of people immigrating to the United States. As the organization grew, we placed emphasis on producing clear and effective translations that allow people to engage personally with the life-changing power of God’s Word.
Today, God continues to use us to help provide people all over the world access to the Bible. We do this by focusing on three key ministry initiatives: translation, access, and engagement.
What speaks to me about translation are the stories we at Biblica are privileged to be a part of every day. It’s an incredible thing to witness people reading the Bible in a language they understand, and to then see the joy on their faces as we tell them
this Bible is theirs to keep. It’s stories like these that increase my passion and strengthen my resolve to provide people around the world access to accurate, readable, full-Bible translations in every strategic language.
After we translate a Bible, it is delivered in digital, print, and audio formats by our 880 partners. This part of our ministry hits home for me when we hear from individuals whose access to physical Bibles has been limited or even restricted, but who are now are able to instantly read and listen to God’s Word on a digital device.
But someone having access to a Bible is not enough – it’s our desire to see them fully engaging with God’s Word – families talking about “The Books of the Bible” at dinner, people around the world reading and studying God’s Word together. By partnering with like-minded ministries and local churches, we ensure that people have the opportunity to experience the Bible for themselves.
Financially, 2015 was a strong year for our work. We thank God for His abundant provision. And we also thank Him for you, for blessing us with your giving.We invite you to read this report and review how we’ve stewarded both God’s Word and what God has entrusted to us. In 2015, we had the privilege of spreading the Gospel Message on every major continent to literally millions of people. We didn’t only seek to share and translate the Bible – we strived to inspire the worldwide Body of Christ to be a community of hope for the world.
The inspiration for this new and bold effort comes from Christ’s prayer in John 17:
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
-John 17:17 NIV