Bible Stories to Reach West Africa

Develop storytellers and forty Bible stories in local languages of Mali and Togo.
Islam is encroaching from the north as Islamic insurgents continue to assault West Africa. As followers of Christ seek to make sense of spirituality, they face Islam’s claims, the pervasive influence of traditional African religion and the false doctrines of the prosperity gospel creeping into churches throughout the region. One common denominator in their quest for truth is the lack of access to Scripture in a meaningful way.

Over the next three years, two Scripture discipleship projects will focus on church members who are the backbone of Baptist churches across the country of Togo—the women. Most have limited literacy skills but a deep desire to know God more and share His love and reconciliation with their family, friends and neighbors. Through your gift, you can be part of the team that will offer the gospel to 17 people groups/languages in a way they can understand. Your gift will start StoryTogether Bible training, giving women across Togo unprecedented access to God’s Word.

StoryTogether teaches local believers to craft Bible stories in their local dialect and trains them to share the stories in their people group’s storytelling style. These master storytellers then train others to craft Bible stories in their regional dialects. By teaching national believers to share the gospel in their heart languages, it will flow organically throughout their communities. In addition, it will go to areas where foreign missionaries cannot safely travel. By underwriting StoryTogether training, you will send the gospel to unreached peoples and places through Bible storytellers or audio recordings.

Most people in Togo and Mali are oral-preference learners, an inherent cultural value that shares tribe history through stories. Consequently, the best avenue to share the gospel in this area is through stories. In many villages, only one person may be able to read, so verbal communication is preferable to written gospel resources, whether in-person or via audio recordings. As people hear these audio recordings of Bible stories in their heart language, they share the stories with others.

Currently, many people are asking for the completed evangelism set of stories in the trade language so they can listen to the stories on their phones. Seeing people’s reactions to hearing the gospel in their heart language for the first time is truly a joy. Join this amazing spread of the gospel across West Africa through this StoryTogether ministry! We praise God for its global impact as the stories travel among many people groups, in their heart languages, across borders and conflicts to see the gospel of Christ told to the ends of the earth.

Islam is encroaching from the north as Islamic insurgents continue to assault West Africa. As followers of Christ seek to make sense of spirituality, they face Islam’s claims, the pervasive influence of traditional African religion and the false doctrines of the prosperity gospel creeping into churches throughout the region. One common denominator in their quest for truth is the lack of access to Scripture in a meaningful way.

Over the next three years, two Scripture discipleship projects will focus on church members who are the backbone of Baptist churches across the country of Togo—the women. Most have limited literacy skills but a deep desire to know God more and share His love and reconciliation with their family, friends and neighbors. Through your gift, you can be part of the team that will offer the gospel to 17 people groups/languages in a way they can understand. Your gift will start StoryTogether Bible training, giving women across Togo unprecedented access to God’s Word.

StoryTogether teaches local believers to craft Bible stories in their local dialect and trains them to share the stories in their people group’s storytelling style. These master storytellers then train others to craft Bible stories in their regional dialects. By teaching national believers to share the gospel in their heart languages, it will flow organically throughout their communities. In addition, it will go to areas where foreign missionaries cannot safely travel. By underwriting StoryTogether training, you will send the gospel to unreached peoples and places through Bible storytellers or audio recordings.

Most people in Togo and Mali are oral-preference learners, an inherent cultural value that shares tribe history through stories. Consequently, the best avenue to share the gospel in this area is through stories. In many villages, only one person may be able to read, so verbal communication is preferable to written gospel resources, whether in-person or via audio recordings. As people hear these audio recordings of Bible stories in their heart language, they share the stories with others.

Currently, many people are asking for the completed evangelism set of stories in the trade language so they can listen to the stories on their phones. Seeing people’s reactions to hearing the gospel in their heart language for the first time is truly a joy. Join this amazing spread of the gospel across West Africa through this StoryTogether ministry! We praise God for its global impact as the stories travel among many people groups, in their heart languages, across borders and conflicts to see the gospel of Christ told to the ends of the earth.

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Lunch for 4 trainees
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Sub-Saharan African Peoples

From the jagged Atlas Mountains to the vast Sahara Desert and the wildlife of the Serengeti, Africa is unrivaled for natural beauty and the hospitality of her people. Most Sub-Saharan Africans live hand-to-mouth, surviving on what they can harvest and herd, but regardless of status or wealth, most Africans share a common bond in community, family, and tribe.

Home to 2,500 ethnic groups, the region once characterized by sweeping poverty is redefining itself with bustling economies and technological enterprise. Eleven of the twenty-five fastest-growing global cities are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Whether urban-or-village dwellers, though, many Africans still try to manipulate spiritual powers through charms, sacrifices, and divination. The hope of the gospel is desperately needed.

African believers are catching a vision for sharing their faith. Sub-Saharan Africa is poised to become a tremendous missionary-sending force. Ask God to fan the flames of evangelism and cover Africa with his glory.

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