IllumiNations’ Largest Bible Translation Effort Demonstrates the ‘Power of a Verse’


Translators say 3,800 “language communities” around the world currently don’t have a full Bible – and more than 2,000 of them don’t yet have a single verse of Scripture.

One verse changes everything

“A billion people still don’t know what the Word of God has to say to them,” said Mart Green, ministry investment manager at Hobby Lobby and avid illumiNations supporter. “You and I have the opportunity to change someone’s life forever because one verse has enormous power.”

For $35, people can sponsor a scripture verse translation. They can also further the cause by sharing their favorite verse with others on social media using the hashtag #IWTKBible.

According to Christian Today, the three most popular Bible verses in America are:

  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NIV)
  • “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
  • “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NIV)

illumiNations partner agencies have thousands of real-life stories showing how Bible verses continue to send shockwaves around the world, transforming lives on every continent. Stories include:

  • In Ukraine, Oleksandr and his wife learned that they could never have children. When she miraculously became pregnant, the couple read Bible verses to their unborn child. Later, the doctors told the stunned couple, “You’re going to have twins!”
  • In Uganda, Tomson heard for the first time a Bible verse in his own language: “What benefit does it bring you if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NLT). He fell to the ground clutching the Bible in his arms. “I have done so many bad things in my life, but now salvation has come to me.”
  • In Colombia, Christian and Milena – a deaf couple – were about to divorce when a pastor shared Bible verses with them in their own sign language. Tears flowed as the couple realized the depth of God’s love for them. They have restored their relationship – and are now helping others who are experiencing marital difficulties.
  • In Suriname, Medai struggled with depression and fear. After hearing Bible verses in her own language for the first time, she said, “The fear in me [is] left. Inspired by the scriptures, she wrote songs of worship that God used to help fan the flames of spiritual revival.
  • In Nigeria, Solomon described what it meant to have the Bible – and verses like John 3:16 – in his own language for the first time. “Without this Bible, it was as if we missed the presence of God; but with it, we reached the Promised Land.”

“Bible for all” in 12 years

illumiNations says it wants everyone to have access to the Bible by 2033 – a goal the group calls its “All Access Goals”.

This means that 95% of the world’s population will have access to a complete Bible, 99.96% will have access to a New Testament, and 100% will have access to at least some scriptures.

To visit and follow illuminaNations on Facebook, instagram and Twitter to join the campaign.

illumiNations is an alliance of 10 Bible translation organizations committed to providing access to Scripture for all by 2033. Partners include American Bible Society, Biblica, Deaf Bible Society, Lutheran Bible Translators, Pioneer Bible Translators, Seed Company , SIL International, United Bible Societies, Word for the World and Wycliffe Bible Translators United States. Learn more about

PHOTO CUTLINE: THE POWER OF A VERSE: The ‘I Want to Know’ campaign – what may be the biggest Bible translation effort ever on social and digital media – is giving people the opportunity to sponsor the translation of a “life-changing” Bible verse in a language that does not yet have a complete Bible. The campaign is led by illumiNations, an alliance of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations. To visit to learn more.

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