In the tiny island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe just off the coast of west Africa, national leaders participated in a recent seminar. Among those invited were the President, Prime Minister as well as Ministers of Education, Culture, Sciences and Communication. At the event in September 2017, the church-based translation association, The Bible in Our Language (ABNN) promoted Bible translation projects in Angolar and Forro to spread awareness of the effect of these languages spoken in churches and homes. Both languages are recognized, but enjoy a lower status than the island nation’s official language of Portuguese. The Seed Company (part of OneStory) has labored in Bible story projects for these languages for years.
When speaking truth to unreached people groups on the final frontier of the great commission, OneStory keeps key concepts and realities in mind.
“Orality refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication. Orality is an ancient phenomenon that continues to the present. …Purely oral societies pass along everything that matters from one generation to another without putting anything into writing. They rely on the spoken word including its sung and chanted forms.”
Starting with a “skeleton panorama” of just 17 stories, Asian and American missionaries eradicated Bible poverty in a tribe who’s unwritten language is spoken by only about 1,000 scattered in small villages. Today, this remote tribe can memorize, meditate and disciple others using a set of 50 stories that begins in Genesis and tells God’s story in chronological order through the 1st century AD.
Lives are being supernaturally transformed using the time-tested OneStory approach. Not content with the progress made so far, mission workers have now launched a full digital oral Bible translation using the new Render tool on tablet computers. All this to bring freedom in Christ to a small, seemingly insignificant people group. Before they were discovered in 1991, the only hope they thought they had was to worship evil spirits. Today they don’t fear spirits in the trees, rocks or rivers as they get to know the power and love of Jesus.
Enjoy the complete photo story at seedcompany.exposure.co/now-i-understand.
Photos by Mark Elliott
Step into the Story
May 12-13, 2017
This event is for people interested in communicating God’s Word any and everywhere through Biblically accurate, naturally told stories.
These participatory sessions include:
- Orally learning, telling, and discussing stories in a group setting.
- Learning about orality
- Using Biblical stories in sharing the Gospel.
- Becoming familiar with other storying approaches
- Learning about opportunities for further participation in OneStory.
Workshop Dates: November 14-18, 2016
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
Spaces are very limited, so please register ASAP if you plan to attend!
Advanced Storying Workshop Toulouse, France November 7-16, 2016
This workshop is for anyone who has completed the Introduction to Orality and Storying and is ready to begin a OneStory Project crafting a redemptive panorama of oral Bible stories in a particular language. Participants will receive the hands-on training needed to begin crafting an exploratory set.
For more information, please email:
October 21-28, 2015 two events are being hosted by the OneStory Partnership at the International Linguistics Center. The first is a Community of Practice gathering. The others are an Introduction to Orality & Storying workshop and a
Storycraftng Consultant Training workshop. AUGUST 19 UPDATE: The third workshop has been canceled. The Introductory workshop is to give people a chance to taste and see what storying is about.
See this flyer for details and registration contact information on an interactive oral church planting training June 15-20 in Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA. Ten stories from the Book of Acts will be learned and discussed by participants.
Tuition is $100 and onsite housing options are available.
Update Feb. 27: You can now register online.