Jesus said, “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” That’s the heart behind the Least of These, the Seed Company’s latest Bible translation initiative.
The Least of These aims to translate the Word of God for the world's most marginalized people. According to the Seed Company, 1,240 of the more than 2,000 languages still without any Scripture have 10,000 or fewer speakers.
Most of these marginalized people live in remote or inhospitable regions—and all are without God's Word in their language.
The Seed Company is working to enlist the support of Christians across America to bring the Word of God to these people groups. Many Least of These projects are already underway and others are ready to begin or expand.
"Translation projects focusing on large people groups have traditionally received more attention," says Roy Peterson, president and CEO of The Seed Company. "However, the needs of smaller populations are just as great and include a variety of unique challenges, from political and religious oppression to geographic and cultural isolation."
Teams are currently in place on six continents, using technologies and strategies to accelerate the translation process faster than ever. Churches and church-based groups are specifically invited to support the Least of These. This includes Bible study groups, women's, men's or youth groups, VBS and Sunday school classes.
"God has called churches everywhere to do what He has asked us to do ... complete the Great Commission," says Alistair Begg, pastor and host of the national weekly radio program, Truth for Life.
Best-selling author and pastor Francis Chan agrees: "If just 2,000 churches sponsor one language each ... we can get the Word of God to every people group on Earth in this generation.”
To maximize financial support, The Bolthouse Foundation will match every Least of These donation from any church-related group.