The majority of the world’s unreached people groups are made up of oral-preference learners, who often have no written language of their own. In order to reach them, OneStory works with mother-tongue speakers to develop and record worldview-sensitive, chronological Bible “story sets” for each specific group — typically 40 to 60 stories in a two-year period. Mother-tongue speakers spread the stories to others. These story sets form the beginnings of an “oral Bible” to be told and retold for generations.
Along with the development of story sets, other essential outcomes for a two-year OneStory Quest project include:
• Training mother-tongue speakers to tell the stories within their people groups to facilitate evangelism, discipleship and church planting movements.
• Audio recordings of the stories archived for reference (to keep stories accurate), for distribution through broad sowing (listening groups, audio tapes, CDs) and for use in radio broadcasts.
• Documentation of the project’s worldview research, reviews for biblical integrity with supporting notes, and description of the project results.
• Planning for follow-up ministry by the partnering agencies and the established local church plants
Our goal is to be a catalyst in initiating such work in more than 5,500 UPGs (unreached people groups) by the year 2020.
The OneStory partnership includes Campus Crusade for Christ, Pioneers, Trans World Radio, Wycliffe International and YWAM, and involves other Great Commission agencies, churches and individuals.
OneStory’s unique training process has been tested in multiple countries and many languages. Mobilization efforts are underway in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to train and equip workers to reach out in their own countries and across borders as well.