Most missions organizations think in terms of countries when it comes to their work. The COUNTRY pages were designed to assist in the research and rapid discovery of the languages that might be encountered in a given country.
Upon visiting the COUNTRIES page, the user is presented with a table of helpful data in accessing the need and scope of critical elements by country. Provided are sortable columns that include population, number of spoken languages, refugee count, literacy, and level of the persecution (as researched by the OpenDoors WorldWatch List). You can also compare nations by Continents or Territories using the filter boxes on the left. Take a minute to play with the different sort functions while you filter by continent. We think you will find it helpful and illuminating.
Once you click on a given COUNTRY, you will be taken to that page where you will find a list of languages known to be spoken in that country. These languages are initially sorted by a population estimate of speakers in that country. In theory, those with a greater number of speakers will most likely be the languages you encounter should you travel there. Also provided is a variety of information and links that might assist in your research. For each COUNTRY, an additional tab is provided giving you access to information, maps and links.
One of the best ways to get started is by simply asking questions. We have provided three scenarios that may be of help in understanding the site.
Scenario #2: My church is sending a missions group to Mexico and we would like to bring Bibles.
- From the top menu select COUNTRIES. You will see that Mexico has about 129 million people who speak 300+ languages.
- Click the Mexico page and you will see those languages sorted by population spoken inside the country of Mexico.
- Select Mexico Maps and Info. Use the provided maps to research which languages your group might encounter by geography. Click on the pin to view resources in a given language.