A Tale of Two Sons
Published by: GemStone Media (2017)

"Fatmir, a pampered vineyard owner’s son, hopes to make a name for himself. Sponsoring a smooth-talking artist, he’s swindled and loses everything. Haunted by his brother’s words of failure, Fatmir is determined to prove him wrong. Yet things go from bad to worse. Destitute and hungry, rejected and without hope, will Fatmir find the courage and strength to return home?"

The Kingdom, based on a well-known story in the Scriptures, is an 82-minute film set in the vineyards of Kosovo and beaches of Montenegro. It has won 23 film festival awards and has been dubbed or subtitled in ten languages.

The film is free to download at thekingdomfilm.com.

There is a discussion guide to encourage conversations, asking questions on the themes of 'Finding Identity', 'What is life about?', 'Money, money, fun, fun' and 'The father's faithful heart'.  [more...]

Monday 10 June - Friday 9 August, 2019
Trinity Western University in Langley, near Vancouver
Sponsor: Canada Institute of Linguistics

The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) at Trinity Western University, BC, offers a seven-course Scripture Engagement training track leading to a Certificate in Scripture Engagement accepted by SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators as preparation for cross-cultural service.

As a Scripture engagement worker, you assist Christian communities to strengthen the use of the local language by integrating Scripture into the local arts and culture, daily life and practice. You partner with local churches and community leaders to develop strategies for Scripture engagement, contextualizing its meaning through a variety of means including ethnomusicology, Bible storying, audio products, etc.

The 9-week, 3-credit hour (graduate or undergraduate) Scripture Engagement course is taught June 10 to August 9.

The program description and seven courses are listed at the last pull-down menu here:

https://www.canil.ca/academics/training-tracks/literacy-and-scripture/

These correspond to the SIL required course set here:

https://www.sil.org/training/scripture-engagement

For more information, please email Scripture Engagement instructor Michelle [dot] Petersenatcanil [dot] ca, or admissionsatcanil [dot] ca.  [more...]

An Introductory Guide
Published by: Mobile Ministry Forum (2018)

Social media can be a forum for engaging with the Scriptures, as well as being a place for promoting Scripture products and Scripture engagement resources.

The Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF) has assembled a guide that takes you through what you need to get caught up with social media. The 95-page guide, in PDF format, is a free resource and can be downloaded here.

It contains:

  • Stories and recommendations that help with those details that you usually have to learn from trial and error.
  • Power tips that summarize the material in the guide into easy to reference tasks.
  • Best ways to use social media like Facebook, Twitter, What’s App, and then how to determine if apps like SlideShare are a good fit for your ministry.
  • Arguments for whether or not you should pay to boost your social media reach and engagement.
  • Comprehensive coverage of security issues with social media.
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Organising a dedication event to celebrate the publication of a New Testament, Bible or other translated books
Author: Richard Margetts

Second edition (2018), in English and French.

"Lord, the moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived!
What we were longing for, our hands have touched!"

How do you celebrate the publication of a Bible book: a Bible, a New Testament or one of the Gospels? It is an opportunity to bring the community together to introduce the book to everyone, an opportunity to thank the Lord and dedicate the book to his service, an opportunity to celebrate the local language and culture, and an opportunity to start distributing the book and other materials in the language (the audio version, videos, literacy books, the smartphone app, etc.). It is also a good time to raise awareness and encourage people to commit to reading and listening regularly to God’s Word.

This 16-page document contains questions and tips to help you in your preparations. Sections include: Form an organising committee, Choose a good date, Choose the venue, Work out a budget and look for funds, Send out invitations, Print a special cloth or T-shirts, Publicise the event, Coordinate pre-sales of the books, Setting up the venue, Plan the meals, Reserve the accommodation, Organise transport, Plan the ceremony programme, Book sales, Audio-visual coverage, and Beyond the dedication.  [more...]

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...]

Author: Michelle Petersen
Published by: Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith, vol. 5:A58-A86 (2017)

"When local arts call to people at a deep level, they see the relevance of God’s word to their spiritual hunger and are free to commit to Christ while remaining members of their culture."

"The word that gives life rightly lives in all parts of our lives as it is sung, danced, dramatized, drawn, and told in stories and poems, as well as being studied and read."

Article abstract:

Because languages and arts are means of communication, principles from the field of language development that communities apply to strengthen language vitality also strengthen the vitality of local artistic genres. Arts development expands a community’s existing uses of orality and arts to new topics and functions to better meet community goals together.

Status development activities increase the number of domains of use and the level of respect given local artistic genres. Corpus development activities describe genre forms and create new works in them. Acquisition development activities add to the number of people who perform or experience new works, and increase people’s interest in them.

When communities work together to meet their Kingdom goals, arts development activities add to the number of people who encounter God’s word in life-transforming ways.  [more...]