Pocket Bible School For Arab World

January 19, 2010

Modern technology is speaking the gospel and teaching the Word of God to oral cultures in the Middle East. Media players have become much more than entertainment toys. Indigenous missionaries are creating programs for these hand-held devices.

Low-cost MP3 player containing Arabic language recordings of the New Testament, known as the Injil, are being given to Muslim Bible students. Indigenous missionaries assisted by Christian Aid are using this simple tool to proclaim the good news and train missionary volunteers throughout the Middle East.

Indigenous missionaries working in the Middle East have to know their subject well and be superb story tellers who can articulate fluently. Arabic speaking peoples are actually a very vocal bunch. In fact, 98% of all Arabic speakers (about 450 million of them) rely on spoken rather than written language to communicate. Oral traditions have been passed down through generations. For example, listening to and memorizing passages from the Koran is the traditional method of religious education. And this method still dominates today.

Unfortunately, most ministries in Arabic speaking countries are still tied to printed literature. But indigenous missionaries are revolutionizing training of the next generation of Christians. Costing less than $50, more tools like the MP3 player are crucial for expanding this method of teaching.