The next wave of missions advance: Illiterates, functionally illiterates, semi-literates, storying cultures and many others who simply prefer a nonliterate approach can receive God’s Word.
This 7 module audio CD series on Chronological Storying will prepare you to reach those who prefer a non-literate approach.
Module 1: Making Disciples of Primary Oral Learners
Module 2: Choosing to Follow Jesus
Module 3: Living in the Family of Jesus
Module 4: Becoming Like Jesus
Module 5: Serving Like Jesus
Module 6: Multiplying Spiritual Disciples and Leaders [more...]
Following JESUS is a video-based discipleship series used to ground new believers in their faith. Using dramatized storytelling techniques and incorporating clips from the "JESUS" ﬁlm, unique versions of Following JESUS teach biblical principles and demonstrate how to live as a follower of Christ in a new believer's heart culture.
The JESUS film Project is currently producing two distinct series for Africa and for South Asia. [more...]
The Lausanne Movement has published the second part of the Cape Town Commitment, 'A Call to Action'. It includes a section on eradicating Bible poverty and Bible ignorance, calling for Bible translation, Bible teaching and Bible literacy:
"C) Aim to eradicate Bible poverty in the world, for the Bible remains indispensable for evangelism. To do this we must:
- Hasten the translation of the Bible into the languages of peoples who do not yet have any portion of God’s Word in their mother tongue;
- Make the message of the Bible widely available by oral means...
D) Aim to eradicate Bible ignorance in the Church, for the Bible remains indispensable for discipling believers into the likeness of Christ.
- We long to see a fresh conviction, gripping all God’s Church, of the central necessity of Bible teaching for the Church’s growth in ministry, unity and maturity...
- We must promote Bible literacy among the generation that now relates primarily to digital communication rather than books, by encouraging digital methods of studying the scriptures inductively with the depth of inquiry that at present requires paper, pens and pencils."
For the full text of the Cape Town Commitment, go to the Lausanne web site: [more...]
"We often see the 'greatest message' presented in the 'poorest way'. This project is all about seeking to present the Bible in the best possible way for children."
Over 100 beautifully illustrated Bible picture sets, available in PowerPoint format to download. Designed for use when telling Bible stories, especially in children's ministry. [more...]
Considering now that in Bible translation we are taking the same texts that were written for audiences two thousand or more years ago in a particular corner of the world and presenting them to audiences today, ranging from industrial societies to forest hunters in a jungle somewhere without content adaptation, it should not come as a surprise at all that we encounter not only marginal but serious communication problems.
A significant factor affecting the spiritual impact of Scripture is its relevance. In communication theory, the success of a communication depends on its relevance to the hearer. One way to increase relevance is to adapt a text to the audience, but in Bible translation, this option is normally very restricted. The relevance barrier must be bridged therefore by adjusting the text to fit the audiences’ context—by presenting biblical truths in a way that relates to their situation and using an appropriate means of presentation. Or by adjusting the context to fit the text through teaching biblical background information. [more...]
The main focus of the Galcom ministry is to provide solar powered fix-tuned radios. These devices give people low-cost access to local radio stations.
If Scripture-based programming is being broadcast on FM radio, Galcom radios could give people the opportunity to be listening all the time, not worrying about the cost of batteries.
Is the Bible too complicated for ordinary people to use as a handbook for living?
Not if you’re prepared to follow some basic guidelines which the Bible itself provides, as, for example, in the Letter to the Hebrews. The writer suggests six ways of engaging with the Scriptures. [more...]
GIAL, Dallas, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Courses on ethnomusicology and arts include:
- Audio and Video Techniques for Fieldworkers
- Research Methods for Performing Arts
- Expressive Form Analysis
- Song Transcription and Analysis
- Applied Arts
"The Bible has the answer to every need in our life. It shows how to deal with the situations and crises we face day by day."
In the Bibles that the Gideons distribute, there is usually a section showing people where look to find help for situations in daily life. These helps can be found on the Gideons websites.
If you are involved in translating and publishing Scriptures in other languages, you might find people would welcome such helps in their Bibles.
Two entire generations have been born in a digital world who favor digital media over any other... But there's very little that is good interactive media that connects them with the Bible, that is designed for them. We really felt that the time was right to create a digital Bible that would connect with this generation, as an alternative to paper for them, because they don't use it.
Releasing in late 2009, Glo is a digital edition of the Bible with thousands of articles, photos, animations, videos and maps. Interactive features allow users to customize reading plans and journal, with access available from a computer or smart phones.
Next year the publishers hope to add an audio Bible and social components to allow users to interact with friends and encourage each other in Bible reading. [more...]