Thursday, October 20, 2011

40 Days of Prayer: Scripture Media


~ This post originally appeared on the Wycliffe Prayer Blog prayToday,  its part of a series of prayer requests leading up to Wycliffe's World Day of Prayer.  I hope to be supporting BIble Translation in some of the ways that are highlighted in this story.  When I first heard about Wycliffe I thought it was boring and couldn't see where I could fit,  I have since learned Bible Translation is anything but boring.   
-Cynthia 

On Air, On Camera, and In the Heart
Engaging oral cultures through Scripture media
Today, Bible translators are encouraged to develop a media plan right from the very beginning of a translation project. It’s one way teams are reaching out to oral societies which make up a vast majority of the world’s Bibleless peoples. In many translation programs, Scripture is made accessible to local people in audio and visual forms.
Through SIL International, one of Wycliffe’s primary partners, a variety of ministry personnel can attend vernacular media training and receive certification. “Vernacular” refers to a person’s everyday language—his or her “heart” language. Vernacular media can include stories, song, dance, poetry, chant, or other forms of communication, and use any number of devices for delivery including video, radio, audio players, cell phones, TVs, and the Internet.
Already, 238 individuals have completed training in vernacular media services, and they have worked in all continents except Antarctica.
  • Pray for insight and wisdom for vernacular media specialists working to accurately analyze the unique characteristics of oral language communities.
  • Pray for direction and discernment as they consider which media options are available and best suited to the community.
  • Pray that these completed media materials will have an impact on the spiritual lives of those who listen and see them.
Click here to view the original post and watch some videos of how media is being used for scripture literacy.  
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