Sunday, April 24, 2016

Africa Study Bible Launch

Africa Study Bible
Sponsored Post: I will be receiving a complimentary copy of the Africa Study Bible through the publisher as part of the launch team for Oasis International.  To see more on this, please check out my disclosure page.
 
My husband's aunt, uncle and cousins were missionaries in Africa in the mid 90's.  They got to experience first hand, what it is to disciple to people who have never heard of Jesus or the Bible before.  While many understood English, there was still a barrier as we interpret the Bible, in the way we were taught it.  Many Bibles are from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, and this could be hard for an African to grasp culturally, even one who understands English.

Many major Christian organizations led by Oasis International have been working on a six year, cross continental effort to bring the first African study Bible created by Africans for Africans into a reality.  This collaboration has included a team of 11 editorial board  of scholars members from Africa, and 350 writers and editors from over 40 different African countries to bring this study Bible together.  Their hope is to raise enough funds to print the first 100,000 copies of the African Study Bible (ASB), which would cost about one million dollars.  The first run of these Bible would reach people in Africa by the end of 2016.  This is only cracking the surface as there is an estimated 100 million people in Africa whose leaders are excited about obtaining the ASB to teach about discipleship.

Africa Study Bible
  
President of Oasis International, Dr. Matthew Elliot is excited about "bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new culturally relevant way."  The ASB will help grow the faith of African church members, help to teach evangelism in their communities and bring a biblical worldview to their society.  This study Bible will use the New Living Translation (NLT) and will include over 2,400 features such as application notes, stories, basic theology and touchpoints linking Africa to the Bible.  The initial releases will include not only English translations, but also French and Portuguese.  There will also eventually be an app for the study Bible.  

Africa Study Bible

To support the effort, Oasis International is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Scripture Union, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Broadcasting, Center for Early African Christianity, PJA (Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane), MMD Global, The Livingstone Corporation, InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc., and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, with additional participants being added on a regular basis.
Oasis International serves areas of the English-speaking world where people lack
access to affordable Christian literature and the Bibles needed to mature in their faith.  In these countries, the measure of annual incomes is often in hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. The great needs of Africa, in particular, drive Oasis International to concentrate on this continent, where the Church is experiencing significant growth yet printed resources are scarce.
 
Oasis International
For more information on how you can help, please visit Oasis International
or the Africa Study Bible Kickstarter campaign.

Update (6/20/16):
They have been able to raise $40,000 so far to get these Africa Study Bible printed. If you are interested in donating, please visit here.

Africa Study Bible
 
Blessings,

Kelly

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10 comments:

  1. What a cool concept - it makes total sense that people living there would have a different perspective!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! This is true. I thought about the language barrier, but never about the cultural barrier. I'm excited about the ASB! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing it with us at Together on Tuesdays :)

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    1. Hi, Lisa and thanks for hosting Together on Tuesdays!I thought what an awesome idea to make the Bible more culturally understood by people in a different continent! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. This is just one of many examples where well meaning people failed to appreciate the culture in existence when trying to introduce something new. Best of luck with this endeavor. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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    1. Hi, Audrey and thanks for visiting from #FridayFrivolity! I think it is hard introducing anything new to someone from a different culture. I think this endeavor is a wonderful way to reach out to others for Christ in a way that they can better culturally understand. Appreciate your comment and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  4. This is very exciting! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week!

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    1. Hi, Tina and thanks for hosting Booknificent Thursday! I think this project is exciting also! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  5. What a beautiful concept of spreading God's word to those who need it. My parent's once had a pastor from Africa stay with us while He attended Bible school here in the states. That was many years ago but quite an experience. I know I would be lost without my study bible. I pray that the bible is in print soon. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!

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    1. Amen, Horace! Thank you for your prayer; the plan is for the first run of Bibles to be printed before the end of the year. I thought this was such a great idea to have a Bible that is more culturally relevant. Many of our Bibles today are printed for just our western world. I'm so glad to hear you had a chance to experience meeting a pastor from Africa. What a fun experience that must have been. Thanks for commenting and blessings to you as well :)

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