The Message of the Bible to those who cannot read    
                                                                              by Dalene Joubert
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ABOVE: Michael testing the sound in the recording room.

Tumi comforts
children in need

Several of the soft toy tigers, who speaks softly to children in need, have become part of several children worker teams in the Western Cape.
ABOVE: Riaan Ferreira loading the Storyteller players that sits inside the tummy of each tiger.
BELOW: One Tumi comforts a boy who is terminally ill at a children's hospice.

Last week two Tumis left for Robertson to minister to children who have been hurt badly in their past. Please pray for the healing of the many children in need.

ABOVE: Tumi is every child's friend, with 4+ hours of tiger talks hidden inside his tummy.

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ABOVE: Mr Pedro Nassaque shows his new Good News flipchart and learning program at Liaze school – donated by Good News Media here in South Africa.

Manhenge School

ABOVE: Isaac, working with Mosambiek Geletterdheid, explaining to a teacher how to use the GRN audiovisual Bible programs at Manhenge School. Follow-up vists to places where our materials are being used are essential. The the use of the materials are monitored; facilitators may have questions re the content and some materials or players may need to be replaced or fixed.
Missionary Niehan says: "The best is when we visit a community  and one can hear how the teachers in the school evangelise the children using the evangelism materials. ... then you know that the teacher is really busy using the materials and doesn't just tell us a nice story to make our reports look good."

Workers from Kunene for Christ shows the Jesus Film in Okamanga. Katikitiki Tjivinda comes to greet and tell Rev Jason (on the left below) that she has given her heart to the Lord and she wants to join the church. She, together with two other Himba women,  receives a new audio Bible player with GRN Bible stories and the Herero audio Bible.

BELOW: Tjise (on the right) explains to the other two women how their new audio Bible players work.

BELOW: Tjise (right) with her daugther Mavehitimo also get other players. They've been using theirs for constantly to listen, but also to share the Message with others.


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Follow-up visit to finish what we started

The mission - Zambia
To check the first recordings which Michael recorded last year and to re-record bits where readers made mistakes during the initial recording sessions, where portions were skipped or where words were not pronounced correctly.
Emese Ferreira accompanied Michael Ropp (recordist) on this trip as text consultant.

The languages 

They completed The Living Christ audiovisual program in Fwe and KwaMashi. And after listening back to the first few chapters of Luke in Shanjo, they decided to re-record everything.

ABOVE: Michael re-recording the Fwe language with Christopher.

Another follow-up trip necessary
In-between editing the recordings he had done, Michael has already started arrangements for a follow-up trip. The aim this time will be to check and finish The Living Christ in Makoma and Kwangwa, and if there is enough time left, also in Shanjo.

ABOVE: Recording the Book of Luke with the Shanjo translators.

We also need to start preparing the first sets of materials to back to Zambia with Michael on this next trip. But the logistics still need to be thought through and planned in detail.

ABOVE: Riaan binding The Living Christ flipchart books for the field. Riaan has to bind another 100 flipchart books to go back to Western Zambia over the next 6-12 months.

A peep through one tiny hole into the spiritual need
In parts of Western Zambia people believe in the power of the dark spirit of the crocodile. Crocodile brains makes powerful "muti" (traditional medicine). It is brewed up along with curses uttered by the Sangoma (witch doctor). Many become sick, mad and even die.

Some parts of Western Zambia are very remote. And in the rainy season some plains are inaccessible. One organisation working towards the Angola border undertakes outreaches by canoe to some remote villages. At some of these villages there are still no churches or known believers.

Prayer needed
On the home front we felt a strong urge to constantly intercede for Michael and Emese while they were working in Zambia. Every phase of this work need to be covered in prayer and by the blood of Jesus. Please pray for Michael as he works on the recorded content. Also pray for the logistics to fall into place for the next upcoming trip.

A note from Madagascar
Carel en Annetjie le Roux visited Madagascar again. They write (I translated it freely from Afrikaans to English):
"Yesterday we went 3,2 km on foot to the little village in the bush where there are no believers apart from the three people who came to Christ last year. They listened eagerly when we explain the Way of Salvation by means of the GRN picture materials sponsored to us by Good News Media. They seem to enjoy the presentation and understand it and we hope they will share it with others too. We left the materials with them."

Live story telling versus recorded stories

By Graydon Colville

'Live' storytelling and the use of recorded stories and Scripture are useful and powerful ways of communicating the message of Scripture. In many cases either or both techniques can be used but some situations will favour one method over the other. The easiest means of comparison is using a table that identifies the strengths/advantages and weaknesses/disadvantages of each method.

Other factors may impact the listeners' response, such as their mood. The assumption is made that both the live story teller and the voice on the recording are acceptable (culturally appropriate) to the hearers.

GRN has chosen the use of recordings as its primary approach.

The Message of the Bible on their cellphone

Download all our audiovisual programs in many different languages – and in the smallest audio format ever – straight to your cellphone. And at no charge.
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Or you may choose to scan the QR code above and download the App.

You may now share these programs via Bluetooth with anyone.
What are the countries with the most cellphones in the world right now?
China, India, Russia, Pakistan, Japan and Bangladesh. Researchers expect to see 200 million smartphones used in India this year.
The expectation for world-wide use is 2 thousand million.

If you get to travel in these countries, share the platform with others.

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