Kerusomen's Bible Storytelling Movement
Reaching the Unreached Oral Cultures in India
Imagine if you did not know how to read the Bible because it was not printed in your native language. Or what if you never had the opportunity to go to school so you never learned how to read. How would you come to know the truth in God's Word?
Many people in India don't have to imagine this scenario - they are living it.
- India has over 19,500 mother tongue dialects. Few have Bible translations in their heart language.
- India is home to 313 million illiterate people; 59% are women. (Observer Research Foundation.)
- Make no mistake, these are intelligent men, women, and children who either can't read and write or who simply prefer to learn by hearing because they have done it for generations. They comprehend and remember what they hear and they are able to wrestle with spiritual truth.
"Persecution is increasing... When people do open air preaching or use tracts they can face persecution. Even carrying or giving out Christian materials can get people arrested. When we tell stories, no one can say anything. I tell you that storytelling is the best and safest way for reaching our country. One day storytelling will be the only way for the church to sustain and multiply here.” Field Stories, Scriptures-In-Use