Using Media

Author: Konkomba team

"There is no question upon hearing the cassettes that Jesus speaks their language, that he understands Konkomba, hears their prayers, and is not a stranger among them."

Faith Comes By Hearing is a program where groups meet regularly to listen to the whole audio New Testament and discuss what they hear. This report (from 2002) outlines its benefits among the Konkomba people: decreasing syncretism; knowing Scriptures; hearing Scripture in the mother tongue; revealing the distrust by non-readers for anyone reading aloud; showing that Christianity and Jesus are not foreigners; removing the dividing wall created by literacy; church planting and evangelism; and signs and wonders.  [more...]

Author: Gilbert Ansre
Published by: International Journal of Frontier Missions (12.2 Apr-Jun 1995)

Oral-Scripture in Africa is the highest potential medium of outreach for the salvation message on the continent today and into the 21st century. This is because it is capable of reaching both the literate and the teeming millions of non-literate people.

Dr. Gilbert Ansre (who served for 15 years as a UBS translation consultant) examines the literacy rates in countries in Africa, observing that:

1. Not all people who claim they can read actually can do so.
2. Not all who can read actually do read.
3. Not all who actually read do read well.
4. Not all who read well do actually read Scripture.
5. Not all who read the Scripture do so regularly.

Faced with these realities, Ansre outlines some of the responses made by the Bible Societies in Africa in the 1990s, including:

9. They confess that they have hitherto failed to emphasize Scripture use and call on all concerned to promote it vigorously.
10. Aware of the great potential in audio-media, they prayerfully dedicate themselves to support its promotion.

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Publish early, publish small, publish often
Author: Eric Graham

"Prepare little, fill often, and expect users to engage with the content in small quantities (hopefully on frequent occasions) is the paradigm of the digital wineskin. The mode of operation for a Scripture translation project to consider becomes: Publish early, publish little and publish often – in various media formats, and for a range of digital delivery platforms."

This paper reviews features of digital publishing and associated technology that are transforming approaches to Scripture translation and publication in minority languages. Understanding and harnessing the potential of micro-content, the small units of material that make up digital media products, are key themes. The paper recommends that digital publication starts at an early stage in a translation project, making small units of Scripture available to the language community in audio and text formats as soon as each is completed and checked. It promotes the idea of incrementally publishing small units in various media formats. By gaining the attention of the audience with the small unit, there is potential for spiritual awakening that leads to an appetite for the big.  [more...]

Letting go of our most valuable resources
Author: Roy Meredith (Logosdor, Australia)

"Those under 20 are ‘digital natives’ — fearless and proficient in manipulating the media with understanding of it structure and potential. It is these young people we must harness to help Christians be salt and light on the internet social networking sites."

One person can only shake hands with about 25 people in 15 seconds - but if they all keep shaking hands with others, a whole room of 250 people can be reached in 15 secs. Such is the nature of viral videos!

Roy Meredith (Logosdor, Australia) tells us about 'R U Smarter than a Fly?' - a 5 part video narrative about the birth, life and death of Jesus as seen through the eyes of flies. He discusses the idea of viral videos and how Scripture engagement needs to take place where young people are online (e.g. social networking sites).  [more...]

Published by: Davar Partners International (2013)

This video from Zambia shows how a digital audio player, the solar-powered Audibible from Davar Partners International, can be used to facilitate Scripture engagement in group settings.

Here are some of the points made by the group leader:

  • Hearing God's Word is more important that just being told about it.
  • The audio player gives access to the Bible to those who cannot read.
  • In the local language, listeners get the message straight and it doesn't need interpretation.
  • Listeners have the opportunity to ask questions, as the group hears from each individual about what they found in the Bible story. It's an open forum, with a 'chairman' to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to share.
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Online Course
Sponsor: Mobile Ministry Forum

The Mobile Ministry Training Course is a six-week, online course available to help introduce any Christian to ministry opportunities using mobile devices (phones and tablets).

Course Description: Each week contains both theoretical and practical elements. The only requirement for students is an Internet connection, computer, and a mobile phone (smart-phone or feature phone). The course covers the following subjects:

Week 1: An Overview of Mobile Ministry.
Week 2: Evangelism and Discipleship using Mobile Platforms.
Week 3: The Use of Social Media to Share the Gospel and Communicate Truth.
Week 4: Mobile Ministry in Remote and Low-Bandwidth Areas.
Week 5: The Use of Mobile Video and Audio for Mobile Phones.
Week 6: Basic Principles of Mobile Website Design.

Course Cost: $55. Scholarships are available upon request.

More details, including course start dates, on the Mobile Ministry Forum website.  [more...]