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Center for Oral Scriptures

What Is the Need?

The 5.7 billion oral communicators in our world include:

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2.7 billion unreached people in approximately 3,500 unreached people groups

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Approximately 2 billion people without the Old Testament

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>1,800 unengaged, unreached people groups consisting of 350 million people without a single verse of Scripture in their heart language

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1.35 billion oral preference communicators who may be literate, but prefer to learn through oral means

The majority of the world’s population are high orality reliant learners. The percentage is much higher among unreached people groups. Oral learners are not necessarily illiterate, they simply prefer to learn through oral performance.

Of the 7,361 languages of the world nearly 45% do not have an orthography  (a written form) and over 6,000 do not have a full Bible

For the oral majority of the world to be able to engage effectively with the living Word it must be translated and presented to them in a medium and format they understand and with which they can engage. Traditional literate based approaches do not effectively “speak their language”.