Scripture Listening and Reading Groups
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This is a collection of stories that was shared with our group back in November. I re-read and got re-excited about the things that are gong on!
In Nigeria, our vision is “Seeing Nigerian communities have access to Scriptures in their own languages and be using them to transform their communities.” Through Scripture Listening and Reading Groups (SLRGs), this is exactly what we are seeing God do in the various language communities of Nigeria. The structure of the SLRG is simply listening to Scripture in the Mother Tongue, followed by discussion, and marked by prayer at the beginning and end. We teach people how to facilitate their groups through five discussion questions: 1. Can someone retell in their own words what they understood from the Scriptures we have just listened to? 2. What struck you particularly from what you heard? (e.g. something you liked, or were surprised by.) 3. What did you learn about God or Jesus from what we heard? 4. What is God saying to the people in what we heard? 5. What do you think God is saying to us today in what we heard? What should we do in response? Training has taken place in five language communities with about 170 people trained to lead discussion groups. Six people have been trained as trainers. Here are some of the impacts we have seen from this initiative: