Distinctives of The HOPE - Oral Cultures

How do we spread the Word to people who cannot read? According to Ethnologue, there are over 7,000 living languages in the world today. And from Wycliffe we know that the whole Bible is available in just over 500 languages; the New Testament in around 1,200 languages.

Yet, if the Bible could be made available in every language, approximately 70% of the people in the world could not or would not use it to learn about God. It is estimated that around one third of the people in the world are illiterate and another third are functionally illiterate (they have very limited reading skills). These people are oral learners.

If the completion of the Great Commission (and thus the return of Christ) were dependent upon people reading the Word of God in their native language, then there is much work yet to be done and His return is not imminent. If we are going to spread the Word throughout the earth to people who do not read, then we must use something that works in oral cultures. There is today a great movement in missions to share Bible stories orally... and to use media tools such as The HOPE.