OCCC has been a partner of Global Bible Initiative (GBI) since 2007. GBI is a mission organization focused on Bible translation. With the vision that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the water covers the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14), it has the mission to use technology to speed up Bible translation, so that every people group in the world can read the scripture in their “heart language”. It began in 1998 as a cluster of Bible translation projects in Asia, producing new translations in Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Burmese and Khmer, and gradually evolved into a global player in the church-centric Bible translation movement in collaboration with major Bible translation organizations such as United Bible Society and the Wycliffe Translators.
There are about 7000 languages in the world, but less than 10% of them currently have complete Bibles or portions of the Bible. To help engage and equip the indigenous Church around the world in Bible translation so as to cover the remaining languages as soon as possible, GBI has been applying computational linguistics and machine learning to the development of a unique set of tools that maximize translation accuracy and efficiency. They also enable people not formally trained in Hebrew and Greek to participate in the translation process. OCCC has been contributing both financial and human resources to this ministry.