08 May 2019
It is estimated that more than 437 million people speak Spanish as a native language, which qualifies it as second on the list of languages by number of native speakers. Spanish is spoken in Central and South America as well as in Spain.
The Spanish Bible Revision team continues to make good progress on the work of the Old Testament revision. At the end of 2018 the final work on the Pentateuch was completed. So far this year the revision of Joshua, Judges and Ruth have been completed by the entire team. At present some of the team are working on 2 Samuel while the rest are working on 1 Samuel. Meanwhile, the various Reading Committees in Latin America and Spain are reviewing the work on Joshua and Judges.
We recently printed 35,000 copies of the Spanish New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in Brazil. These were all shipped by the printer to strategic hubs in the Spanish-speaking world, from where they are being distributed to our many contacts and supporters in Latin America and Spain. The reception to this printing has been very positive. In particular, our contacts have sent us many positive comments regarding the easy-to-read font and the readability of the text. In addition, those with knowledge of the Biblical languages have written to express their appreciation for the faithfulness of our revision to the original Hebrew and Greek.
One of the countries in South America where we have had a lot of prayerful interest in our Spanish Bible project is Venezuela. In recent years, due to corruption and the socialist policies of the president, the economy of Venezuela has collapsed. Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country and those that remain have a very difficult time.
We recently received a letter from a Pastor in Venezuela, outlining some of the difficulties that he and others living there currently face. It makes bleak reading. However, although Venezuelans are hungry for bread, they are also hungry for the Word of God. Our Spanish Scriptures are going in to that country and giving hope to people who are otherwise living in very desperate conditions. Please pray that the Word of the Lord going into Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries may have free course and be glorified (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3.1).