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Bible League International is a global nonprofit organization that provides God's Word to the unreached and needy world. We serve local churches and other mission partners in some of the most challenging places on earth by providing training, Bibles and Scripture materials for them to use in their ministries of helping people meet Jesus Christ.
Founded in 1938, Bible League International has planted more than 160 million Bibles and New Testaments in the hands of people in more than 80 countries around the world. God continues to use Bible League to advance His kingdom through Bible translation, Bible-based literacy, Bible learning programs, and resources for building the Church across the globe.
Bible League provides Bibles to churches and ministries serving people with very limited ability to read and write, new believers and the unchurched. To serve those needing easy to understand Bibles, Bible League translates and publishes Easy-to-Read™ Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture portions (Gospels, Proverbs), and The Life of Jesus. Many of these Scripture products are also available in digital formats including the Akses™ Digital Bible Libraries on DVD and SD expansion cards, apps, and online downloads.
Easy-to-Read™ Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture portions are developed with care, using the following principles:

Clear Communication
Actual translation is only by those who speak the target language as their mother tongue. No one else can clearly and consistently communicate the message like mother-tongue speakers to their own people. And each translation is produced on a reading level suitable for the common person.

Accuracy
Qualified Greek and Hebrew scholars make sure every word and phrase is true to the original meaning. With the aid of a third-party back-translation, they check every verse to ensure that the text is complete and that nothing inaccurate or misleading finds its way into the published text.

Urgency
Translation that takes a great deal of time. Some translations have taken up to fifteen or twenty years. Thanks to better tools, especially computers, software and digital resources, the time required to produce a translation has decreased dramatically. However, no computer exists that can do accurate translation work on its own. What computers can do is the mammoth job of storing and organizing data, as well as dramatically streamlining the drafting, editing, and checking of the text during the translation process. Typically, a New Testament translation can be completed in as little as three years.

The three factors described above--clear communication, accuracy and urgency--are important in all of Bible League's translation work. Although the means of achieving these may vary in each new project, they are always the goals that are constantly emphasized as translators and scholars carefully select the words and phrases that will communicate the Good News in each target language.

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