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YWAM OBT

Oral Bible Translation School

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“They were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken..."
Acts 2:6

Purpose of OBT

Purpose of OBT

The OBT school will train trainers who want to multiply oral Bible translation projects and schools in YWAM while equipping people to be oral translation facilitators.

Why Oral Translation

Why Oral Translation?

We recognize that the great majority of those who speak a bible-less language are oral learners. Therefore, we value an oral approach to Bible translation. While it is not the only valid approach, we consider it to be a good and desirable one – especially in the initial stages of Bible translation.

Topics Covered

Topics Covered:

  • Language and the Mission of God
  • How Language Works
  • Global Theology
  • Biblical Foundation of Orality
  • Audio Recordings
  • Internalization of the Scriptures
  • Understanding How the Bible is Written
  • Bible Translation as a Local Practice
  • Bible Translation Competences
  • Oral Bible Translation Process
  • Understanding Cross-Culture Communications
  • ....and MUCH MORE

Every Tribe Every Tongue

Every Tribe
Every Tongue

God has called us to partner with Him in ending Bible poverty now. In order to accomplish the EBPN vision, YWAM has launched the OBT 1000 project. Over the next five years (or by December, 2025) YWAM – in intentional cooperation with others in the body of Christ who are engaged in ending Bible poverty – is committed to help translate and produce needed and appropriate biblical resources for 1000 bibleless language communities.

Upcoming Dates

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Embark on a journey of your own.

You could be part of a team that would help an oral culture receive the Word of God in their heart language for the first time in history. Come and equip yourself with us!

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