With over 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, behind Chinese. It is the primary language of most of South and Central America and Spain. It is also the language of choice for a large part of the populations in the USA, Australia, Island nations, and Europe.
More than 90% of the people in Latin America are Christians, and this number is anticipated to grow by 130 million over the next 30 years*. Many of the next generation of Christian leaders are coming from Spanish-speaking countries. These leaders are crying out for quality, theologically sound biblical resources to help them share the gospel message. About 90% of the pastors serving areas throughout Latin America have no opportunity to attend seminary – or any type of Bible classes. They are hungry for resources and training in Spanish that will deepen their understanding of the Bible, empowering them to share the gospel faithfully.
In Argentina, the government made a significant investment in improved internet infrastructure. This increased access led the Argentine Bible Society to seek a digital learning platform to deliver quality biblical resources to pastors across their country. LMW has partnered with them to develop “Teleios”, a Spanish-language version of Lystra Global, a free online library for pastors.
pictured above: Rodrigo Guerra of the Argentine Bible Society, presenting Teleios at one of the Bible Congress’ plenary sessions.
pictured from left to right: Andrew Lamb, V.P. of Distribution at Third Millenium Ministries, Ruben del Re, Director General of The Argentine Bible Society, and Dave Worland, President/CEO of Leadership Ministries Worldwide.
Teleios was presented at The First International Congress of the Bible in Buenos Aires November 15-20. We anticipate that more than 1,000 pastors will sign up on Teleios within 6 months, giving them access to Biblia de Bosquejos y Sermones (The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible®) plus other books and videos developed specifically for the Argentine Bible Society.
Please pray for the pastors who will be receiving these new resources in their native language. Biblia de Bosquejos y Sermones includes the entire New Testament, plus Genesis and Exodus. As we are putting these resources in their hands, we are also praying for resources to complete the Spanish translation of the remaining volumes of The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible® into Spanish. Can you help us in this effort? Visit lmw.org/give, and select “Teleios” for your donation. Thank you!
*Pew Research Center, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050”, April 2, 2015.