The Mission of ABT

That God Be Glorified Among the Nations

The mission of All-Nations Bible Translation can be stated as follows:

“That God may be glorified among the nations,

What Does This Mean to You?

languages in the world

languages with the entire Bible

languages with no published Scripture!

ABT exists to assist the church

by providing a platform

to mobilize, train, and equip missionary teams

to evangelize unreached people groups,

translate the Scriptures,

and plant indigenous churches

that follow the teachings of Jesus

and the principles of His Kingdom.”

Several points in this mission statement help to clarify ABT’s purpose.

1. God’s glory among the nations

In Malachi 1:11, the Lord says, “From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen.” From the east to the west—throughout the whole earth—God’s holy name is to be declared, and God is to be worshiped.

All-Nations Bible Translation exists so God may be increasingly glorified among all nations of the earth. He is worthy!

2. Indigenous New Testament churches

“Thou art worthy . . . for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Rev. 5:9). Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed his blood for the people of every nation. And it was He who instructed His disciples, “Go . . . and teach all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19, 20).

ABT missionary teams will bring the message of redemption and discipleship to those who have not heard. Those who respond in faith to this message will become the local church. As they learn to follow and depend on Jesus Himself rather than missionaries, their church becomes truly indigenous. ABT intends to partner with sending churches that share this vision and can work with the missionaries in this kind of church planting.

3. Bible translation

Romans 1:20 tells us that the invisible realities of God can be “understood by the things that are made . . . so that they are without excuse.” So if people can know about God through the creation, do they really need the Bible?

But creation doesn’t tell the rest of the story. It doesn’t explain man’s sinful condition and God’s redemption. The mountains, trees, sky, and water do not explain that the Creator became a man, died for our sins, and now lives as our High Priest and King. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1), but they don’t proclaim the Gospel of Jesus.

The witness of creation leaves mankind condemned before God and lost in sin. Romans 10:17 explains that the message of the Gospel comes through the Word of God. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” This is why it is important that every person have access to the written Word in his own language—it leads to Jesus, who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

We translate the Bible so God’s written Word can guide people to believe in Jesus and follow Him as members of His body.

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10