We always get excited when new ways of sharing the Bible in minority languages become available. Mobile phone app – wonderful! Videos – brilliant! A new New Testament – fantastic! But if you are based in the ‘West’, you might be thinking, ‘What use are these to me?’ One of the workers at JESUS Film got a chance to try out one when he stopped at a fast food place too early:
‘I wasn’t the only one drawn in by the tempting smell of slow smoked meat. Stanley, pictured by my side, was also there for a 10:30 a.m. rib fix.
‘The vendor gave us each a sample. As we waited and talked about how good it was, I noticed Stanley’s accent and asked where he was originally from. “Ivory Coast,” he said.
‘… Before I knew it, I was wiping the grease off my fingers so I could zoom in on his country on my smartphone to see if his mother tongue language had been recorded on the JESUS Film. Sure enough, there it was! “Bete!… That’s my language!” Stanley exclaimed. I selected it and it started to play. Holding my phone close to his ear he heard the narrator introducing the JESUS Film in Bete language of Ivory Coast. “This is unbelievable!” he shouted through a heartfelt laugh. “How can I get this for myself?”
‘I clicked the “share” option and got Stanley’s email address and, poof, just like that, he and his family have the JESUS film in their language. As it turns out, his mother-in-law will be arriving from Ivory Coast soon and doesn’t speak English. He plans to impress her by showing her the JESUS film in Bete when she arrives!
‘… As I drove away, I thought, “Wow, anyone could do that.” And that’s the whole point.’ Read more of this story.
You never know when you’ll get an opportunity to amaze someone by showing them that God speaks their language. Find out more about the JESUS Film app on their website. There are lots more resources for minority language speakers right here on our website – have a look around.
Photo from JESUS Film Media.