The Message of the Bible to those who cannot read    
                                                                              by Dalene Joubert
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Chris and Camica Hemborough heading up the work of Project Mozambique.
Inacio (on the left) explaining how an AudiBible player works.
There are more than 70 listening groups that have started through the use of GRN's audiovisual picture materials. The technology has changed over the years, but the strategy has stayed the same: effective Bible engagement is what we tried to accomplish, firstly by introducing people to the Bible stories and combining it with the Audio Jesus Film. Then following up with Audio Scriptures when the people are ready.
Loyiso Kenke, mother tongue speaker of the Hlubi language.
Emese and Loyiso busy checking the Hlubi Good News translation.
Emese and Riaan Ferreira were recently seconded by Wycliffe South Africa to volunteer with GRNSA.
Riaan has started has started work on the administrative side, while Emese's first job was to test the Hlubi Good News script with Language Helper Loyiso Kenke. They're still busy with that since Loyiso is only able to do this on weekends.
In the mean time she has also started revising our script library. During April Riaan and Emese both attended a Storytelling workshop at T4Global. This was good timing. Emese is able to apply much of what she's learnt in her work now. She also hopes to be helping Word for the World Bible Translators with some translation projects in future.
We welcome this lovely couple to the work and pray that they'll be blessed and that their contribution to the work will be a blessing to many.
Dallion Chitekere fixing Saber players in Lilongwe.
Louise Laubscher.
John Leach, based in Chavuma, Zambia.

Liaze School's school committee.

Mavehitimo with Erik van Zyl.
Tjise and Kauhonekwa eachwith their own AudiBible.

Version 2 of the 5fish for Android app was released this week.
It contains significant improvements over the previous version. The user interface has been redesigned making it even easier to access GRN's recordings on Android devices. Give thanks for the developers, graphic designers, translators, and testers who made this release possible. You can install the 5fish app for Android or iPhone today at

Louise and Dallion are currently testing the Kulumi in Malawi where there's no electricity after the floodings a few months back. Manufactured by Hope Tech Global it primarily serves as a solar-powered LED lamp. Ideal for when the power goes off in times of load-shedding or in areas where there's no electricity, even for places like Nepal where there's a temporary loss of electricity due to a natural disaster.
But this lamp can also play the audio "Lamp unto my feet" like the Psalmist says. GRN's content is also available on these players together with the smaller picture books so that families can listen to the Bibles stories and look at the pictures while sitting around the Kulumi. It also has a built-in radio.

We also have a few people currently testing the Envoy S solar powered player.
1 has been working in a remote area in Malawi now for two months without giving any problems.
» Digital audio player with secure onboard memory
» Built-in solar panel charges battery
» Capacity: load up to 500 hours of audio
» Operates in harsh environments
» Built-in speaker for small group listening
» Optional Solar Case Speaker boosts audio level for larger group listening
» Intuitive four-level navigation buttons
» Easy for elderly and blind to use
» Replaceable lithium-ion polymer battery
» Typical battery playtime: 5 - 14 hours
» Typical charge retention: over 6 months
» Typical battery life at room temperature: 2-3 years
» Battery charging times:
- External power supply (standard mini-USB 5V): 2 hours
- Computer USB port: 4 hours
- Built-in solar panel: 10 hours

Click here to download the information sheet.

Picture books with AudiBibles in Mozambique

In Beira I did my first recordings in 2003: the Look, Listen & Live 1-8 in ChiSENA. Camica Hemborough and her office assistant, Maria, did the translations. We got introduced by the GRN UK office when the need for more recordings arose.
In 2005 I made my 2nd trip to Beira, to record the Good News and The Living Christ audiovisual programs as well as the entire Look, Listen and Live teaching series in Mozambican Portuguese. This was done because of the Project Mozambqiue team's constant zeal and motivation to place more GRN audiovisual teaching materials in new villages and form listening groups.
Inacio, full-time worker with Project Mozambique, would travel miles on bicycle and later on motorbike to reach new areas.

Since then Chris and Camica Hemrorough have continued managing the distribution of GRN picture materials and audiovisual commentaries on cassette and in MP3 format.

Inacio does the field work. He identifies possible new users of the materials and demonstrates how to use the materials. After a few months after, he goes on follow-up visits to answer questions, load new content on the players, fix players or replace picture books.

We recently received the photos on the left and above of him distributing some of the LLL-picture books with the Sena recordings in the center of the country. These photos were taken in an area called Nhamatanda. It is a large area, with the town of Nhamatanda itself situated about 115 kilometers from Beira.

We praise the Lord for this long term commitment and partnership with Project Mozambique. They have a strong vision to reach everyone in the Portuguese-speaking countries and we hope to see our materials used extensively in more of these countries in Africa soon.

1st program; new language

I spent one day this past week running a structural check on the Hlubi Good News program with the translator, Loyiso Kenke.

After we went through it, volunteer Bible translation consultant, Emese Ferreira took over and began a thorough back-translation of the whole script with Loyiso. We estimate this will take two-three days to complete. This in preparation for the recording that Michael needs to do  in the near future.


Hlubi belongs in the Nguni: Tekela family. Related languages are Xhosa, Zulu and Southern Sotho. Hlubi is spoken in  in South Africa, near where the Xhosa, Sotho, and Phuthi languages meet at the Orange River and the southern point of Lesotho. The scattered Hlubi people speak several languages, including Swazi and the Hlubi dialect of Xhosa in the former Bantustan of Ciskei. Adult literacy is estimated at 60%. Adult literacy in another language is estimated at 40%. Interest in literacy is estimated at around 33%. About 40% are regarded as Christian and 60% practice African traditional beliefs.
Churches exist in Sterkspruit, Matatiele and Mount Fletcher. There is indigenous leadership in the church and the language is being used in the church, but, sadly, nothing of the Gospel or the Bible has ever been written or recorded in this language.

Field feedback

"Hi Dalene,
First of all I would like to thank thank for the spare parts I have received 50 batteries,100 Saber belts and 6 motors donated and sent by GRN Australia. I have already started working and three Sabers have been fixed.

"Envoy players
They are already in the field and is working very well, it is louder even without the speaker, with speaker much better.
It is using this format ( OGG Vorbis audio).
Thank you.
(Fishers, Trainers & Senders, Malawi)
"Re the Ngonde. We're done with the editing of the hard copy script. Now we're busy getting it all in soft copy as the person who did the translation did not have a computer." Louise Laubscher, Fishers, Trainers & Senders, Malawi. (As per Skype chat.)  
"Lesley and I again want to thank all of you who support this work ensuring that the 'Full Gospel' with solid Biblical teaching and training is given, resulting in an overcoming and victorious walk.
The continual investment through training up our small evangelical teams are really providing to be effective as they take which they've been given and multiply through the winning of souls. The river is now no more an obstacle, but rather a carrier of the Good News.
The teams taking the MP3 players and GRN flipchart books as tools are able to fervently share from Scripture both visually as well as verbally.
John Leach", (Waymakers, Chavuma, Western Zambia)

"In the photo is Liaze School's school committee. The school is 28km from Milange and can be reached by a vehicle if it the road is not wet.There are 164 learners with two teachers. We handed two Bible picture books to the teachers, Rozario en Pedro, so that they could explain the Bible stories to the children. We're in a process of getting more material to teach the children the basic Biblical truths in a simple way.

"Mosambiek Geletterdheidsbediening
Firmount Street, Somerset West, Weskaap, 7130, South Africa,"

"We are thankful that we were able to give Mavehitimo the picture booklets which go along with the AudiBible containing the accompanying Bible stories. Pray that her life and example will draw many closer to Jesus. As young, unmarried, Himba girl she stands alone; other Himbas say that she is abnormal because she's not sexually active."

This from Erik van Zyl from Kunene for Christ and his companion Gerson after their recent outreach trip into the heart of the Kaokoland during April. They also gave an AudiBible to Puvetai at Okamanga. As well as a set of Look, Listen & Live picture books with an AudiBible to Sipho Tjiraso's wife at Ondije.

Erik makes regular trips to the Kaokoland. Earlier this year, in February, at a leadership camp, Tjise and Kauhonekwa each received an AudiBible. It was then that Tjise asked: "Please give Mavehitimo her own player, because she always plays mine's batteries flat."

They sent through this prayer request: Please pray for the people of the Kaokoland: that the Lord will show His mercy to them and make a way for them in this time of severe drought and that they will also come to know the One who already prepared a Way to God, the Source of Living Water.


Michael has been working very hard on the huge amount of audio he recorded in Zambia last year. There has hardly been time for anything else, apart from our trip to Malawi at the beginning of this year.
We're now at a stage with the editing where we're starting to plan a follow-up visit so that Michael can check his edits and his draft edited original recordings with the team in the field.
He is also preparing for his next recording trip To Namibia mid-June.
In July he'll join our coworker Deon Snyders on an exposure trip, which will include recording in Mbukushu.
Our recordists are our frontline workers. For Michael it has been a year of many adjustments, new experiences, new people and new working methods:
2014, September, arriving in South Africa
2014, September, first trip to Namibia
2014, October-November, first solo trip to Zambia
2015, January, exposure trip to Malawi
2015, June, solo trip to Namibia
2015, July, trip with Deon through Botswana
That's 5 different cultures and countries in 11 months.
So please continue to cover Michael and all of our recordists worldwide in your prayers.

Other playback devices

We are also sending the first of the new model AudiBibles to Malawi.



  • Solar charged unit, offering more than 9 hours of playback from a single day of average sunlight
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery with long endurance and low self-discharge rate
  • Optional AC power adapter (charger)


  • High audio quality and loud output from built-in speaker
  • High fidelity 3.5mm stereo headphone/line output jack enables the use of earphones, external speakers or public address systems
  • Audio files like WAV and MP3 can be easily converted utilising standard open source software. The use of open source program format (Ogg Vorbis) avoids royalty costs such as those incurred with use of MP3


  • Content is stored on a replaceable Micro SD card allowing for thousands of hours of content to be played
  • Up to 400 hours of voice content can be stored on a single 4GB Micro SD card (100 hours per 1GB of memory)
  • Audio content can easily be loaded and removed by authorised distributors using simple PC-based software and a Micro SD card reader and adapter.


  • Braille markings next to all 9 buttons to indicate the specific function


  • Designed to operate under a wide range of harsh conditions, the Audibible N1 utilises high quality durable components
  • Tamper seal
Click here to see detail features and specifications
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