People need to know what God says
God reveals himself in human words, preserved in a book, for people to understand. That’s why Wycliffe and other Bible agencies are translating the Scriptures into over 2,500 languages.
Jesus answered, “It is written,‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
But there’s a problem: Illiteracy
Illiteracy is high among ethnolinguistic minorities. Many schools do little to help minority children who do not know the language of instruction, so many kids simply drop out or never learn to read. How can they overcome the language barrier at school?
Solution: Start with the mother tongue!
Children who first learn to read in their home languages become stronger readers and do better in school. They have wider opportunities and freer access to the translated Scriptures.
SIL LEAD helps local schools teach kids to read in their own languages first. (LEAD stands for “language, education, and development”.)
another problem: Too few BOOKS
Many languages — even those with a translated New Testament — have only a few books. New readers need dozens of books to become fluent. If there aren’t enough books, people will eventually stop reading. How can these new readers ever have enough books?
Solution: Language communities can make their own books!
SIL LEAD helps educators and language community members use Bloom, the award-winning, open-source mother-tongue book production tool from SIL International. Bloom makes it easy for anyone to make a book!
The Bloom Library contains thousands of simple books (including hundreds of Bible story books), ready to translate and share.
As a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators assigned to work in SIL LEAD, Fraser will manage literacy projects and train people to use Bloom.
Fraser’s first assignment will be the Bloom Book Boost project. Bloom Book Boost will make books more accessible to children who are blind, have low vision, or have other disabilities that affect their use of printed materials.
We rely on the prayers and financial partnership of God’s people to be part of this work. Fraser will begin work as Assistant Director of SIL LEAD after our partnership team is complete.
Learn more about our work and how to be part of it at wycliffe.org/partner/flbennett.