Green said he envisioned a one-stop-shop where organizations like Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv, with its popular YouVersion mobile Bible application, could access many Bible translations at one time. Green said Bible translations are available for a fee that varies according to what the ministry is purchasing.
He said the digital library saves time for innovators like YouVersion's creators and thus frees them up to come up with other creative ways to engage people in Scripture. Green said YouVersion is now one of the Digital Bible Library's first “cardholders.” Another early benefactor of the digital library is BibleSearch (bibles.org), which draws most of its 235 translations from the library for free display on its website.
Green said since 1998, when he watched a man weep over a Bible that had been translated in his “heart language” or primary language, his commitment to Bible translation efforts has increased significantly.
He and Creson said they are talking to potential donors who can help propel the digital library project forward through their donations.
“Ultimately, this will be a world class first-of-its-kind,” Creson said. “As Christian believers, we believe in John 3:16. We believe everyone has a right to hear that story and hear it in their heart language and allow it to sink in.”
Green echoed Creson's words, saying that his ultimate goal is to make the Bible more accessible so that people have an opportunity to glean its sacred pages for wisdom and guidance.
“I love for people to read God's word because when they do, I believe it transforms their lives,” he said.