Audio-Visual Production for Scripture Engagement
Many people in some regions of Asia don’t read—so they’re much more likely to study, understand, and share audio Scriptures.
What's Going On
Our local partner in a region of Asia* has found that in most minority languages, less than half the people can read. Daily lives are built around personal interactions, not written texts. They have little reason to pick up a printed Bible. For these communities, audio is the answer.
Since its dedication in 2014, a regional recording studio has been a hub of activity, serving the needs of more than 70 translation projects currently underway in the area. During the past year, local translation teams, with the assistance of three trained staff members, recorded ten New Testament books for two different local languages.
Other language teams recorded a variety of worship songs and Bible stories in more than ten local languages. For the first time, all these languages now have access to God’s Word in an audio format. The staff also conducted two song-writing workshops.
What Can Be Done
Who This Will Help
Millions of people—from big cities and rural villages, of all ages, professions, and spiritual backgrounds. Audio might be the only way they can experience God’s Word in their own language.
Churches use audio-visual materials, too. Many are springing up here. When their pastors and members have easily understood Scriptures, they no longer struggle to understand, deepen, and share their faith.
Take the “A”* people. About a year ago, several members of this people group attended an Ethnomusicology workshop to learn how to compose worship songs in their local language. Later they came down to the studio to record their songs. They have shared that these songs have brought great changes in their church worship life. One brother said, “The songs I composed are now part of my life. Through them I praise the real God and I have joy in praising him."
* For the success of this project, we can’t name the specific region of Asia or a specific people group.