The oral scripture use training project helps low literacy Quechua church leaders to learn the stories of the Bible sequentially in Quechua so they can teach the stories to others. The project produces materials in written, audio and video form for adults, youth and children. In addition they seek to strengthen Quechua churches by training leaders, couples and Sunday School teachers so that they can teach their church members to read the word of God in Quechua and apply it to their lives.
Julia: I am from the town of Cruzpata and I am 45 years old. I can neither read nor write because my parents didn’t send me to school. They made me stay at home and watch the animals, so I have always felt inferior because I am illiterate. But when I met God, through the oral Bible story program, I found out that I am valued and loved. I learned through Bible stories 1-4 that I must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. Now I have learned the stories and I’m learning to pray and I participate in the services. I am so grateful for the wordless books and the speakers that allow us to learn the Bible lessons. I hope this continues because I have so much to learn.
Cicilio: I have been a teacher for the oral Bible program now for 3 years, since its start. I have seen how the oral Bible method gives church members the confidence they need to be leaders. Since they practice telling the stories as part of the lesson, they are learning how to tell God's word to others. This has helped fearful church members rise to leadership because they get the practice they need teaching the word of God and because they understand it for the first time. The women are learning for the first time as well, and are taking on positions of leadership, something they never would have been confident doing before.
Strength and courage for the Peruvian oral Bible teachers who continually travel from village to village teaching the stories of God's word
That God would open up the 90% of villages in Apurímac that do not have a church. There is great spiritual hunger but also opposition in some villages.
The translation of the Old Testament into East Apurímac Quechua is underway. We are using the audio Bible files from the translated portions to use in Bible story sets. We have just started with Genesis. Pray that these powerful stories take root in hearts and draw people to God.
Pray for low-literacy church leaders that are teaching the Bible stories to others. Many face physical opposition to the gospel from their neighbors and scorn from village leaders for being illiterate.