Africa - Scripture Engagement

Strategic Planning

Towards the dedication

'Vers la dédicace' planning and discussions in DRC
Bettina Gottschlich (2009)
The dedication of the New Testament should be a wonderful celebration, but it should also be much more than that. It is about a change of mind, heart and life, individually as well as corporately. This article describes ongoing language…
April 14, 2009
Leadership Training

Typical Local Language Seminar for Pastors

A report of a seminar for Ejagham pastors from Cameroon and Nigeria
Chris Jackson (2003)
One pastor reported, 'I never understood grace like that before. I think I can learn a great deal using the Ejagham New Testament in my Bible study. And my people need to hear this so that they will understand better…
February 18, 2009
Bible StudyDiscipleshipLiteracy

Literacy for Life: a Tool for the Church?

A church-based literacy program for Ghana
Pat Herbert (2006)
The pastor will find that not only can his congregation read the Scriptures in their own language, but they will show a greater depth of understanding God’s Word and show growth in their Christian lives. Community literacy projects have been…
February 14, 2009
Trauma Healing

Trauma Healing in DRC – video

The teaching materials for the Trauma Healing workshops can be distributed, but to speak to the heart the Scriptures used in workshops should be translated into the languages of the participants. More than 5.4 million people have been killed in…
January 20, 2009

Tharaka Female Circumcision

A Case Study in the Role of the Translation Organization
John L Ommani (2000)
When the Bible remains silent about certain cultural features, the Church... should assist the Christians to think through their traditions by digging deeper. In the Tharaka society of Kenya, female circumcision has held a prominent place. In recent years Christian…
January 14, 2009

Making Readers Literate

Transition Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Barbara Trudell (1995)
Making readers literate, that is what transition literacy is all about. L1–L2 transition literacy introduces the isolated minority language speaker to a world of information and ideas outside his own culture; L2–L1 literacy restores to the L2 reader his cultural…
January 9, 2009
ChildrenLiteracyVisual Arts

Scripture Big Books

Promoting Scripture use in difficult environments
Mary Beavon (2001)
“The illustrations captured the imagination of the children.” Mary Beavon describes a Scripture Use activity their team used in an area of Cameroon where churches are small, travel is difficult, and people have little money. They developed Scripture Big Books…
December 5, 2008
CultureUnderstanding Scripture

Africa Bible Commentary

A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars
The Africa Bible Commentary is the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities,…
November 22, 2008
Bible TranslationCulture

The Bible at Cultural Crossroads

From Translation to Communication
Harriet Hill (2006)
Bible translators have focused their efforts on preparing a text that is clear, natural and accurate, with the expectation that audiences will understand the message if it is in their language. Field research among the Adioukrou of Côte d'Ivoire shows…
October 21, 2008