It was recently reported that there are now seven billion people in the world today. This is just a short post to remind us all that the majority of those seven billion people are oral communicators.
The International Orality Network make the following points on their website:
There are 4 billion oral learners in the world, with a minority of resources attempting to reach them for Christ.
The remaining Unreached People Groups are predominantly oral societies
Communicate the message of Christ to people in ways that make sense to them – instead of in ways that make sense to us!
What will this mean in your context?
And while we are on the subject of statistics, 350 million people (that’s 5% of the entire world population) don’t have a single word of the Bible in their heart language.
Milestones can be important. They cause us to stop and consider where we have come from, where we are, and where we are heading. As we reflect upon the enormous number of 7,000,000,000 we might consider:
- how can I learn to address the preference for oral communication in my own community?
- how can I play a part in getting the word of God to people who don’t have it?
Essentially they both address the same question: how can I engage people with the Bible in a way that is most meaningful to them?
These are some of the questions we consider in courses at Redcliffe College, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. And check out Wycliffe Bible Translators‘ website as well to see how you can find out, or get involved more in these vital areas.