In the oral communities of these regions, written communication isn’t part of the traditional culture. Many young people may have learned to read and write, but most of the older generation and those who live far from schools haven’t. Additional challenges—poor eyesight or blindness—mean some may never have the opportunity to read. Translators know that offering recordings of audio translations along with printed Bibles will best enable them to reach entire communities for Christ.
In PNG and Vanuatu, teams now include the recording of Scripture and worship materials in their distribution plans when translations are completed. They know that audio Scriptures—made available alongside printed Bibles—best enable them to reach an entire language community for Christ. Audio Scripture players, such as the Audibible and MegaVoice, are uniquely designed for this purpose.
Recorded Scriptures can also be transferred to Secure Digital (SD) cards and distributed for use with mobile phones. These rugged cards, smaller than a postage stamp, provide high-capacity memory in a very small size. With the SD card plugged into a mobile phone, a listener can play the Scriptures or copy the Scriptures to a phone and then share the SD card with a friend or family member.
Will you help us make sure that people in PNG and Vanuatu—and in other communities worldwide when their translations are completed—have access to God’s Word in a form they understand best?
A translation team dramatized and recorded an audio version of Luke and distributed 50 audio Scripture players containing the recording. Groups of people of all ages were soon clustered excitedly around the players. In this community, people often haltingly read a few lines of Scripture in their printed Bibles, guessing what the words meant, and then quickly closed them. Now, they eagerly listened to the audio version, commenting, “I never knew that before. Now it’s so clear.”