Wycliffe USA’s EthnoArts Supports Local Scripture Engagement

Image depicts believers recording new Scripture songs at a songwriting workshop. The group is singing a new song based on Philippians chapter 2:4-11 in the Baka language. (Photo, caption courtesy of Wycliffe USA)

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you know it’s not enough to only read God’s Word. You have to apply it to your life, too.

“The one thing Bible translators hate is having produced a museum piece – something that sits on the shelf and doesn’t get used,” Wycliffe USA’s Chris Gassler explains.

“What we do in EthnoArts comes under the category of Scripture engagement.”

The EthnoArts team is global, working hand-in-hand with communities that just received Scripture. They help believers find creative ways to express truth from God’s Word, in whatever culturally relevant form that takes. More about EthnoArts here.

“Communities are experts in their arts. We’re trying to encourage them to use their local expressions,” Gassler says.

“A lot of times, this job is giving people permission because people have looked at the Western world and said, ‘Oh, that’s how you do church, that’s how you do Christianity.’ I’m there to say, ‘No, no, no, you can be yourself!’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray each local expression of God’s truth will draw people closer to Him.
  • If you have artistic abilities, ask the Lord how He wants you to use them for His Kingdom. If He’s calling you to the mission field, consider reaching out to Wycliffe USA for your next step of obedience!

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