Bible in a Box Program
Transforming lives and communities
Through the Bible listening program, local church members are trained to reach their community by starting listening groups in their homes, neighborhoods and churches. As soon as oral Scriptures in their mother tongue become available, listening groups are started. Some of the communities have portions of Scriptures or completed New Testaments, but these Scriptures are not being used. Our desire is to work with the local churches to build capacity and empower them to start Bible in a Box programs.
We wish to see “Bible in a Box” listening groups started everywhere in a community. These small groups are ideal places to evangelize and build disciples. It also gives the opportunity for many workers to be involved in the harvest and more people to be reached through small groups in their heart language.
Audio Scriptures are recorded in various languages and small group facilitators are trained to reach their communities.
Gospel and Culture Workshop
Gospel and Culture Workshop
Engaging communities requires an understanding of the culture. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for people of all cultures. We believe the Gospel must be in the language of the listener and that the Gospel and Biblical teachings should be presented in a way to give them an understanding that generates faith.
- Train disciples to share the gospel within their culture
- Understanding African Traditional Religious worldview
- Understanding how to share your faith in an Islamic context
- Using ethno-arts to develop evangelism drama for community radio
- Developing contextualized culturally relevant worship music from translated Scriptures
- Develop Bible study materials that are relevant to the culture
“I used to be a sorcerer, but one day during literacy class in my community, I heard the gospel and felt I needed to change. I decided to believe in Christ and became a Christian. Today Jesus has changed my life. I pray for other traditional rulers and chiefs. Many of them come to me for prayers. My desire is to see all the traditional rulers come to Christ.” Chief Njiyam of the Bum community
“To see tribal chiefs sit down with pastors of the same community to work on a dream for transformation, and to see both of them come forward—the pastor holding the poster and the
traditional ruler presenting their dreams—was absolutely amazing. It was significant that the Aghem leaders’ vision for their community is centered on the cross of Jesus Christ.” ON facilitator
“When I understood that Jesus was the one sacrifice that was given once and for all, I also saw the importance confronting certain aspects of our culture. I started transforming traditional songs that were used in performing rituals and worship tribal gods during our cultural festivals. We now use tribal songs in the worship of God and no longer offer sacrifices to the gods.” Chief Isaiah Nji
Jesus, God’s Tradition
As I went to work that morning Ngambi the CABTAL guard was reading the Bible. Three hours later, he was still reading the Word. I stepped into his little booth and found him reading Hebrews 10. I could see that he was troubled and torn. He had some family issues and didn’t know how to deal with them and was reading to get some comfort.
We had the following conversation:
Efi: Do you understand what you are reading?
Ngambi: No, its too difficult! Does God really expect us to obey all these things?
Efi: Yes, He does! By our own strength we can’t but He has given us the way.
Ngambi: What is the way?
Efi: It’s right there in the passage you are reading.
I asked Ngambi to read Hebrews 10:10-14. “Under this new plan we have been forgiven and made clean by Christ’s dying for us once and for all.
…12 But Christ gave himself to God for our sins as one sacrifice for all time and then sat down in the place of highest honor at God’s right hand,…14 For by that one sacrifice he made forever perfect in the sight of God all those whom he is making holy.”
Gambi and I worked on the following questions “What kind of sacrifice did God give us? Why? What kind sacrifices do our priest in the village offer? What is the difference between their sacrifices and the sacrifice that God gave us? When you have God’s sacrifice do you need another sacrifice?
Several times Ngambi had been called back to his village to offer sacrifice. He would have to buy a cock or a goat. His uncle’s grave was caving in. And everyone knew what that meant–His uncle’s spirit was angry. He had to go and offer a sacrifice to appease his spirit or people would die! Already a relative had died.
And just last night an owl had landed on his roof. And everyone knew what that meant—HE would be next!
But this was too serious to ignore! He went to church, but from his traditional religious worldview, when you have serious problems like this you can’t call on the Almighty God. He is too far and speaks a different language. You have to go to the village to do the required sacrifices and deal with the spirits. This is what everyone calls “tradition”.
Now Ngambi was confronted by some truths he had discovered from the Word of God.
After a deep thought, Ngambi turned to me and asked;
Ngambi: Does it mean that if I really give my heart to Jesus I don’t need to go to the village and give sacrifices to the gods anymore?
Efi: Yes, Ngambi you have understood. Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to cleanse you and to bring you to God. He can protect you.
Ngambi: If I give my heart to Jesus, it mean Jesus is God’s tradition!
Efi: Yes, Gambi! Jesus is God’s tradition. If you have God’s tradition, you don’t need another tradition.
Gambi understood the sacrifice of Christ for the first time and this led to heart-change. That day
Ngambi decided to turn away from traditional religion, a worldview that had kept him and his family in fear and bondage for many generations. He decided to follow Jesus and trusted in the sufficiency of that sacrifice.
Our God is not a God that is far! He is near! He says; “Cast all your cares unto me for I care.”
Prior to coming to Christ, Ndoumiyadou Paltindou was a traditional priest who performed rituals and sacrifices on behalf of his people and the land. He told me “The work I did was a huge load on my head. I had no peace! I was going on the wrong path until I found Christ. I am not turning back!” He had come to Christ through members of a Bible listening group who went around sharing the gospel and inviting people to listen to God’s Word with them. They told him, “You have a problem with the Almighty God, the creator of the Universe. And are separated from him because of the problem of sin. But the Almighty God, Creator of the Universe has sacrifice His only Son so that you can be reconciled and have peace with Him.” When he heard that the Almighty God, Creator of the world had sacrificed His only Son to have peace with him, it spoke into his world. He was in charge of the sacrifice in the village to make peace with the gods. For many days after hearing this news, he was troubled because the path he had taken was the wrong path and the load he carried was too heave to carry. He decided to ask God for forgiveness and to follow Jesus Christ. The supreme chief was not happy and summoned him to his palace. “You are our most trusted high priest” he said. “If you become a Christian, who is going to lead us into sacrificing to the gods?” He had made his decision and will not change no matter what! Chief Ndoumiyadou had made his decision and would not back down. He was on fire for the Christ, was persecuted but remained firm and shared Christ with others. When we gave him his first ever Bible in a box, he was in tears at having an audio Bible he could call his own. His hunger and appreciation for God’s Word in his heart language made us realize how important it is to provide God’s Word to people around the world in the language that speaks to their hearts. It gives them an understanding to grows their faith and love for God.