The majority of the world’s unreached people groups are made up of oral preference learners, who often have no written language of their own. In order to reach them, OneStory works with mother-tongue speakers to develop and record worldview-sensitive, chronological Bible “story sets” for each specific group — typically 25 to 50 stories in a three to four year period.
Mother-tongue speakers spread the stories to others. These story sets can be the first step toward a traditional written translation or non-print media like the JESUS film or The HOPE video.
The following is from a OneStory intern telling her story from 2018. “I’m not sure when else in my life I’ve experienced such intense growth with the Lord, as my life, every word, chosen silence, tense moment, and snap decision, became ways to be a witness for Christ…”
Rego is a project facilitator for the Angolar OneStory project on the island of São Tomé. He has been teaching a young man to how to use Bible stories for evangelism. The young man told him he had been trying to tell an elderly person living in his neighborhood about Jesus but the old man wasn’t interested. He had always tried telling him in Portuguese but after learning a Bible story from Rego in his mother-tongue he went and told it to the old man. The old man was captivated and told the young man to come back often and tell him more Angolar stories.
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.