Thursday, August 24, 2023

Why we care that they learn to read

Thousands of years ago, God had an important message for His people, and He did not want them to forget it! We call it the Law. God gave that Law not only with a thunderous voice, but with tablets of stone;...

Friday, May 20, 2022

In South American jungles live many people who have never learned to read and write their own language. Not only does this feed their sense of inferiority; it also makes them vulnerable to being taken advantage of. And how will they ever read the Bible?

Breaking Barriers to Literacy...

Friday, July 9, 2021

Literacy vs. Orality in Church Planting Strategy

Here's another recording fresh from EXPLORE 2021. Listen as All-Nations' first literacy coach describes what we mean by literacy and its importance in a Bible translation project. With stories and examples, she describes the...

Thursday, June 10, 2021

“If you’re going to a place that needs a Bible translation, the probability of a vernacular literacy program is pretty high.” —Mark Zook

Friday, June 4, 2021

Theoretical Backdrop

From the mouth or the hand, a word. Transient, bursting with meaning, bound for the ear or the eye, a word—and a whole, rich string of them. Human speech in any language is a beautiful, fragile thing. Words may be...

Friday, February 19, 2021

"Suggesting a primarily oral society should remain in their primary oral communication situation is soft racism. People who promote this don’t realize that such a comment reveals racial bias. Some Africans interpret Western proponents of orality as “white people implying that Africans can be...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

“One of the best ways to defeat paternalism is by teaching believers to read.” —Unknown

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

“He seemed hopeless [with learning to read] but now he’s a reading machine who loves to read. Other older people see him and say, 'If Ponciano could do it, I could!'” —A literacy team in the Philippines

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

“Throughout history, those left without the ability to read the Word on their own have been put in a place of dependence on ‘religious leaders.’ . . . Millions have been deceived [and led to] to a Christless eternity.” —Matt and Starr Arnold

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"[Congregations] exist where many of the believers have a Bible in their own language, carry it to church, and sleep with it on their chest as protection from the evil one, but have no ability to read one word from its pages. It is simply not enough to place Bibles in the hands of new believers...


  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10