The pandemic has led to a surge in things like Zoom meetings, virtual conferences, and video calls to family. Digital access is growing — and in the ministry world, this also looks like a growing demand for oral Bibles.
Ed Weaver with Spoken Worldwide says, “As you look at the consumption of information by people around the world, it’s continuing to grow in terms of non-text based consumption. So whether it’s online news, whether it’s streaming videos, whether it’s podcasts, whether it’s other audio content [or] audiobooks, there’s just a huge growth spurt that we all have seen happening.”
One common myth is that oral Bible translation is just for people who can’t read. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Roughly two-thirds of people in the world are oral learners — people who can’t read and/or simply prefer not to — and oral Bibles for them!
For example, Weaver shares, “A friend of mine that works with YFC in Lebanon has said, ‘I’ve had to change my entire Bible study methodology so that I could disciple people better…. I’ve actually had to start listening to audio Bibles so I can then tell the people I’m discipling, ‘Why don’t you listen to this passage and then let’s discuss it.’’”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Spoken Worldwide’s discernment to steward God’s resources well.
- Ask the Lord to use oral Bible translations to draw more people to Himself.