Media for minority languages

10 Jun, 2015 | Austria
OM EAST Communications
OM EAST: Media for minority languages in Eurasia.
Simon*, OM EAST’s lead graphic designer, recently participated in the Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC). The four-day conference brought together 380 workers, from 130 organisations, who produce resources to spread the Gospel in minority languages throughout Eurasia.

“Meeting so many people who are all involved in media production or distribution for the kingdom is so inspiring and enriching,” Simon said. “Media is an amazing tool to reach the unreached.”

Simon was interested to talk to a Kazan Tatar man from Tatarstan, a republic of Russia. The Kazan Tatars are a people group that OM EAST has published literature for who have no complete Bible in their language. The man was delighted to meet someone who has worked on producing a children’s Bible in the Kazan Tatar language. In fact, he has helped to distribute these same children’s Bibles in the capital.

“He was unbelievably happy to meet someone who is doing something for his people, someone involved on the other side of the work,” Simon said. “It was great to see how God arranged for us to meet.”

Another participant is involved in work among the Yakuts in the Sakha Republic of Russia and knew of the children’s Bible OM EAST has produced in the Yakut language. They would like to see more children’s literature published in the Yakut language.

There were great opportunities to tell individuals about OM EAST’s downloadable eBooks in different languages, which could be useful for more ministries. A man who had not heard of the website returned later to show Simon some eBooks he already had on his phone. They were OM EAST’s eBooks.

“It was encouraging to find that someone who has not heard about our website is using the eBooks,” Simon said. “They are being passed in digital form from one person to the next.”

OM EAST thanks God for the mutual encouragement it was for Simon and those involved in distribution to meet together at the conference.

Praise God for a valuable time for learning from one another. Please pray for wisdom in how to use what has been learnt to further maximise media for building God’s kingdom. Please pray for those who are reaching out to minority groups in Eurasia.

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