“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
-Romans 10:14, NIV
And, even if they have a Bible in their language, how can they read it if they are illiterate?
Literacy is a huge part of the work of Bible Translation. It would be a great waste of time and effort to empower people to translate the Bible into their own language, and to see the translation completed, only to distribute it to a community that cannot read!
We provide training and workshops for locals in how to set up, implement, and run literacy programs in their communities. This includes helping them to develop child- and adult-friendly material needed to teach reading and writing to those who need it!
One such program was recently run in the Kharam community in Asia. Nine students from 3 people groups learned how to create literacy programs. Amazingly, the 35-hour workshop resulted in the printing of literacy materials and even math books in each language!
All of this serves to further the work of Bible Translation and ensure that one day every man, woman, and child will be able to read and understand the Word of God in their heart language.