It's not enough to translate the Bible; it's not enough to distribute the Bible. Our desire is to see real Scripture Engagement: people encountering God's Word in life-changing ways. On this site you'll find news, events and resources for those encouraging Scripture use and Bible engagement around the world.
Learn to communicate God’s Word to oral-preference cultures
Monday 5 - Friday 9 November, 2018
Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK
Sponsor: Redcliffe College, Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL

The art of storytelling has far from died out, and the need for good biblical storytellers is as strong as ever in a world of oral cultures, postliterate societies and oral-preference learners.

If you are interested in story crafting, or are serving or planning to serve with a culture who either have no Scriptures, or prefer audio and visual ways of learning, then the Chronological Bible Storying course will give you the tools you need to be effective.

This course will equip you to help others engage with Scripture in a deep, relational way as you deliver the biblical narrative through the art of storytelling.

This unique course features no texts, no handouts, and no written aids. The intense 5-day course is entirely oral and participatory, and it is essential that you are able to attend each day.

Chronological Bible Storying will help you to:

  • help others learn and internalise the story
  • lead a discussion about the spiritual application of the story
  • begin storycrafting with a Bibleless language group, or people who have access to Scriptures but need help engaging with them

The dates for this course are 5-9 November 2018 (with an
optional pre-course social time together on the evening of 4
November). The tuition fees are £250 per student.

For more details on the course and booking information see Redcliffe's website.

Redcliffe’s Bible Storying course is delivered by the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy, a partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.  [more...]

Oral Bible Translation
Authors: Margaret Doll, Willis Ott (2018)

"A live celebration streamed over the Web. The audio-text translation group that Yun had decided to join rejoiced to finish their translation in only a few years! Many others had watched the video, recorded a translation, and added improvements and suggestions."

"Here is one dream that is becoming a reality: oral translation."

This article shows how dreams from several years ago are becoming reality in the area of Oral Bible Translation.

In October 2018 the first Oral Bible Translation Conference will take place.  [more...]

In Swahili, English, and translatable into other languages
Author: Katherine O'Donnell (2018)

This is a simple children's Sunday school curriculum, outlining the Bible passage to use, some key teaching and application points and a memory verse for each lesson.

It is hoped that a teacher may use this in conjunction with Mark’s gospel in their language. It is based on Mark as this is often the first gospel to be translated by Bible translation teams in Tanzania.

The final approved and formatted version is the Swahili one, however the written content of the English one is the same and can be used as a source text for translating into other languages.  [more...]

Author: Andreas Ernst (2018)

Is it possible for rural communities to develop entire radio dramas through oral processes only, without writing a script?

Our dramas have not only been able to reflect the complexity of life and the consequences of sinful attitudes and behaviour, but also the power of God at work and the attitudes and readiness to help that Christians can and should be displaying.

In this article, Andreas Ernst (based in Cameroon) presents a participatory oral approach for producing audio dramas. He argues that "Scripture engagement is all about dialogue, about interactivity", and shows how a wide range of people from a local community can be involved in developing a radio drama, without a written script.

Audio dramas can transmit educational content in an emotionally engaging way, leading to positive social change. For Scripture engagement, a participatory approach to developing such dramas offers a powerful way to let the Holy Spirit work in the hearts and minds of participants and audiences as they discover just how tangible the presence and guidance of God can be in their lives. The author has witnessed the joy and excitement of participants as they were able to share their personal experiences, views and creative ideas in the process of developing the story and while acting out their roles.  [more...]