Mexico (Mission Network News) — Audio Scripture Ministries is tackling an ambitious Great Commission goal. In southern Mexico alone, there are 120 spoken languages, and with the help of Wycliffe Bible Translators, ASM wants to get Scripture in all those languages translated and recorded.
Jim Loker with ASM reports, “The state of Oaxaca, which is way in the south, has about half of those languages; 120 of them are still alive and being spoken today. There are mountainous regions of Oaxaca, coastal regions, and from one side of the mountain to the other, different languages are spoken.”
“Up to date, we’ve recorded more than 80 different New Testaments over these years and we’ve been able to impact many, many people with the recorded Word — people that will never pick up a book, people that will never learn to speak Spanish well enough are now able to hear the Scriptures in their own language.”
But why the push for audio Bibles in southern Mexico? Once Wycliffe gets the written Word translated for communities to read, isn’t that enough? Loker says not necessarily.