Africa

ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 1

The West African Orality Consultation commenced today, the 18th of July, 2017, at the ECWA Headquarters International Conference Hall. The purpose of this consultation is to understand the theory, practice and impact of orality in sharing the gospel and gro...

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ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 2

Day 2 focused on practical descriptions of the practice of orality.  It sought to help participants analyse the different practices of oral learning and how storytelling has worked in different contexts in Africa.

ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 3

The West African Orality Consultation, held in Jos, Nigeria, came to a climax with discussions centred on sharing the impact of using orality in sharing the gospel and making disciples among oral learners in Africa.

How The Bible Heals People

Marion lived on the streets with a terrible case of leprosy. The disease had left her totally blind, unable to work, and in severe pain. She resorted to begging to make ends meet. Her community told her she was worthless – and she believed it.

Dr. Victor Madziakapita

Victor Madziakapita is married to Anele and they have 4 children: 3 biological and 1 adopted. He worked for World Vision International for 26 years in the area of Christian development. He then became a consultant together with his wife for two years. He  j...

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Sharing Bible stories in a hard place

“You can’t take my bike — I’ll give it to you.” The man left Abigail alone. And the bike behind. The threat was nothing new to Abigail. The confidence with which she confronted the man is newer.

Why have you never told me?

The New Testament is being translated into the Xamtanga language, thanks to a partnership between the Bible Society of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Among the 500,000 Xamtanga speakers, 99.2 percent are followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewa...

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What Language Does God Speak?

Morgan Jackson, director of Faith Comes By Hearing, remembers the day some years ago when he visited a Konkomba village in Ghana. His organization partners with Bible translators to produce audio recordings of Scripture, and he asked the Konkomba leaders if...

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Where do beads come from?

Where do beads come from? Not the question I was expecting to be asked. Little did I know that such a seemingly simple question was to be the pivotal point at which biblical knowledge became spiritual freedom. Our HSI team was in north-eastern Tanzania wher...

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Found in Translation: Misikir Mulugeta

“Do you really believe that one needs to be literate to become a good disciple of the Lord?” When we train people to share Bible stories in oral cultures here in Ethiopia, we start with that question.

Proclaiming the word of God

Sometimes translating the Bible is a long process. Take the Bakossi language of Cameroon, for example, the project first started in 1974. The running of the project was taken over by CABTAL*  during the  1990s and the Bible was finally launched in 2011, 37 ...

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Connecting for Change — Experiencing Chance Encounters

What we might think of as chance encounters, may be better described as God’s redemptive connections. Years ago I came across a small booklet titled “There are no accidents with God.” Another author who has had a significant influence in my life is DeVern F...

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