As the 4.2.20 Foundation we are participating in a huge task. With our small team and few resources it would be easy to be overwhelmed. Yet, when the disciples approached the Lord Jesus and were tasked with feeding the 5000, the Lord multiplied and all were fed. He is our provider and our strength and we see His hand multiplying our work in astounding ways.
Never have I felt the need for the whole Word in oral formats more than I have in Bihar where Dr. Alex Philip, head of the New India Evangelistic Association, works tirelessly. There are 104 million people – 80% functionally illiterate, living in 45,000 villages, with a daily income per family of $0.75. There are 6 languages with no full Bible, not even the New Testament. The few recorded story sets that have been translated are being used in the villages with a powerful effect. People are being healed, addicts set free, and churches planted. These emerging fellowships need more Scripture, especially stories from the Old Testament and the Gospels which are similar to their context. This is just one example of the multiplication needed as we work toward the task!
In the last few months our activities have spanned the globe. For instance, we led the Orality Think Tank in New Delhi, India followed by a three week Intensive Biblical Hebrew course; facilitated the development of the Orality Global Mapping Project with a broad team of research specialists; created a new film series about Orality on location in Israel; built partnerships in Asia and Africa with agencies and churches; and continued preparation in Israel for the upcoming eight month Biblical Hebrew course for translators and consultants. Reports on each are accessible from the links below.
There is much more taking place, these have been but a few highlights. The Lord has brought the growth and in faith we face the challenge. Generous contributions have enabled the work thus far, yet more is needed in order to the take the next steps necessary in our quest to bring the whole Word to the whole world.
Your partner in His service,
Dr. David Swarr