Our motto “the whole Word for the whole world” summarizes our mission of enabling every person to be able to engage with God’s living Word in their own language and in a format they understand. To reach this objective our focus in 2016 was to develop the Institute for Biblical Languages and Translation and the Center for Oral Scriptures and to establish the capacities necessary to support these programs as we prepare for their launch in 2017. 

On behalf of the 4.2.20 Foundation staff and Board of Directors I would like to thank each one who through your prayers, faithfulness and sacrifice has helped to make these goals into reality in 2016. You are an integral part of the accomplishments reflected in the following pages. Together we are laying strong foundations in order to serve the masses of God’s children around the world, both in this generation and those to come, who do not have access to God’s Word. 

With you in His service, 

Dr. David Swarr

The Institute for Biblical Languages & Translation exists to support and resource existing Bible translation initiatives as a learning and research center, training mother-tongue translators in biblical Hebrew and native Hebrew speakers as translation consultants. "Big stones" have been laid in the past year, building toward the goal of empowering training so that translation of the Old Testament to begin in every language by 2033. 

An India Intensive Fluency Workshop provided a foundation for full training in biblical Hebrew translation for leaders, translators and consultants who are working within oral contexts in India. Similarly, an intensive course for beginning Hebrew at the end of the year in Nairobi brought together representatives from existing translation projects across Africa in order to facilitate the learning and internalization of the language. Participants from each course received credits and a "foot in the door" for attending the School of Biblical Hebrew in Jerusalem. 

School of Biblical Hebrew (SBH): New partnerships have provided the facilities, staff and academic framework for the 2017 8-month school in Israel, the first of its kind in biblical Hebrew translation. 

For the full report, go to: https://iblt.ac/iblt-2016-report/

Apply now for SBH

The mission of the Center for Oral Scriptures is to enhance access, understanding and application of the whole Word of God among oral learners and is committed to raise up a generation of leaders for transformation training, and strategic mission to every oral people by 2033.  

2016 was filled with great strides in the advancement of research, training and network building globally. 

One of the biggest foundations that was laid is the Global Orality Mapping Project. This is a multi-year mapping process of oral people groups that aims to aid the mission force to more accurately define, describe, and identify the oral majority and their degree of orality reliance.  The project puts an emphasis on all remaining unreached people groups in order to better serve them and enable them to engage with the Word of God. 

Raising awareness: COS supports the International Orality Network in building a global network that raises awareness, promotes best practices, forms new collaborations and awakens the Body of Christ to meet the discipleship and holistic needs of oral people.  

For the full report, go to: https://cos.center/cos-2016-report/

4.2.20 Team
Leadership Team additions in 2016:
Dr. Randall Buth, VP Institute for Biblical Languages & Translation
Dr. Charles Madinger, VP Center for Oral Scriptures

New Board of Directors member:
David Hamilton, VP for Strategic Innovation, University of the Nations

Staff additions in 2017:
Joni Chiang, Graphic Design & Oral Communications Specialist 
Mary Katherine Dowell, Administrative Associate, President's Office

Existing Staff:
Dr. David Swarr, President/ CEO 
Ricki Gidoomal, Chief of Staff 
Daniel Araujo, Business Manager
Psalm Araujo, Creative Director, Communications & Special Projects
Master Storyteller: A book and film production on God's oral communication in the Bible
and Hebrew Tradition, being released this year.
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