What languages are spoken near your church?

Wouldn’t it be great if the languages that were spoken by the people in your community were also being spoken by people in your church.

In the UK, census data from 2011 was made available in a map shared by the Guardian newspaper. (click this static map to go to their interactive one)derby languages

This tool allows you to enter a postcode or zoom around the map and click on an area for a breakdown of the languages reported by households in the census.

The Guardian’s visualization only includes a selection of the 100+ languages identified in the census and the census still managed to merge a lot of smaller languages into various categories of ‘other’. But this is still a valuable tool to help you start thinking about what languages are spoken in your community and what you might like to do to make people more welcome if English isn’t their first language.

Data gathered from schools in England identified at least 300 languages (still not identifying all languages that are in use). Your local school may have data available on the languages spoken by their pupils.

Similar public data is also available for other countries but there are other ways to find out what languages are spoken in your community. Get out and meet people.

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How will they hear? Facebook isn’t the answer

https://www.facebook.com/2000bibles/posts/1617921138228976


Facebook is not the answer. It may be a helpful tool if used well.

The Bible has 1000’s of verses, some of which can encourage people and speak to them without having the wider context, but like everything else on facebook can be misinterpreted if people don’t see how they fit into the rest of what you (or better still God) was thinking.

The Bible is available in hundreds of languages (some books of it in over 3000 languages) but lots of people don’t know about some of the newer translations.

This site is a very tiny part of trying to address that through simply providing some links to Bibles and resources, some tips on engaging, and some prompts to share what you have found.

It’s not a busy site and it’s been around for a few years. I just haven’t told many people …until now.

Audio Bibles in 1000 languages

In January Faith Comes by hearing announced the release of audio Bibles in 9 more languages along with that was the realization that 2016 will be the year that they reach 1000 languages.

2016 will also be the year when at least one book of scripture will have been translated in 3000 of the 7000 languages used on earth.

FCBH1000

Pray for Faith Comes By Hearing and others working to translate and distribute scripture.

Join them when they celebrate releasing scripture in the 1000th language.

and start praying for the 2000th, 3000th and 4000th!

 

Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out. — YouVersion

But they can’t. At least, not yet… If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to…

via Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out. — YouVersion

Languages in Britain (and finding Bibles in them)

findabible.org , worldbibles.org , and wycliffe.net are among a number of sites attempting to keep track of over 3200 languages in the world into which some or all of the Bible has been translated.

Here are links to scripture in the 20 most common languages spoken by people living in Britain (part of a longer list from from the http://find.bible which lists thousands of languages and dialects (also may be some duplicate entries by alternate names). The graphic of languages in England and Wales is from the Guardian newspaper based on 2011 census data.

English
Welsh
Polish
Western Panjabi
Urdu
Bengali
Gujarati
Chinese, Hakka
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Tamil
Turkish
Italian
Somali
Hindi
Lithuanian
Persian, Iranian
Malayalam

Census Language map from the Guardian 2013

Go Tandem – an app to help you grow spiritually?

What Bible apps do you recommend?

Brassingtons in Britain

GoTandem app nudging in the right direction It’s strange how many people are spiritually hungry, but forget to eat!

I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of the Go Tandem app to begin with, but having tried it I think I’m a fan. The basic idea is that even people who know they benefit from engaging with Scripture often need encouragement to read or listen. (and they’ve done some studies to back this up).

A short survey allows users to identify areas in which they would like to grow spiritually and then serves up snippets of scripture throughout the day (again customized to the user) that others have found helpful. This isn’t a replacement for more in depth study and reflection but does provide a series of helpful nudges and reminders of truths people may already accept or verses that challenge them to read and reflect a little more.

I met one of the people behind it…

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Chrome + Android = apps on PCs and iPhones

Android Bible in Chrome

A Bible on Android in a Chrome browser on an Apple?

Yes I know PC’s and Apples have some great apps but did you know that you can run Android apps on a Chrome browser? That means you can run them on PC, Linux, and all those Apple things. No it’s probably not going to be quite as good as running on an Android, but might be enough to let you try enough cool things to want to get one.
See https://developer.chrome.com/apps/getstarted_arc

What’s this got to do with 1000bibles.wordpress.com ?

Well for one thing you can now run the Android Bible app that is available here and any other cool Bible apps and games that are available on Android but not yet on other platforms. The Scripture App Builder software that created that has now been officially launched (I’m just a humble fan and user of it).