Stories of truth

Making the Bible easily accessible to all, by presenting its stories in every language.

 

Why stories?

Presenting the Bible via its stories can be a more accessible and less confrontational way to introduce people to God and disciple them. We take key passages from the Bible and organise them to give an overview of the Bible, or to teach on a biblical theme.

The Bible's text is already mostly narrative, and Jesus himself often told stories as a way of teaching others about God. That same approach is still applicable to today. Using stories to disciple others puts the Bible at the centre of their learning, and is especially helpful for those who are not big readers.

Note: By 'Bible stories' we simply mean 'Bible passages that lend themselves to being told as a story'. It does not mean they have been prepared for children, or a dramatization. They are in fact quoted directly from official Bible translations, or an orally-worded version (see below).

Why this project?

While there are a number of other good projects to do with Bible stories, so far there wasn't one that was both:

  1. Easy to share with others
  2. Included different stories per language (targeting worldviews)

This project also stands out in the following ways:

Note: By 'orally-worded version' we mean a version of the Bible passage that is worded in a way that matches how people speak rather than how they write. Almost all current Bible translations are worded for reading rather than listening, so for those who listen, an orally-worded version is more appropriate (see also our quality standards).

Four different formats

Each story in this project is available in four different formats (when completed), and the following table gives example use cases for each:

Who are you sharing with? Text Audio
Official Bible translation
Stories of truth
They learn best by reading They learn best by listening
(but I'd like to use an official translation)
Orally-worded version
Stories of truth — Hear
They learn best by listening
(but our context requires reading)
They learn best by listening

Two different apps

This project has two different apps to help target different use cases, however, they both contain the same stories (per language).

Why a Web app?

Almost half the world's people use the Internet, most of them do so via smartphones, and those numbers are rapidly increasing every day. By distributing stories via a Web app, the stories are therefore available world-wide at no cost.

Rather than an iPhone or Android app, Web apps can be installed on any device (including iPhone & Android), or viewed as a website. They are the most flexible option, and reach the most devices.

The following addresses all point to the Web app:

Note: The app is available in Google Play but not Apple's App Store (but can still be installed via Safari).

Supported devices

In the near future, the Web app is fully expected to work on almost all devices in common use. However, as the technology is still fairly new, you can expect best results when using:

Note: Apple is still working on the technology for the app to work fully offline, however, it should still work fine on Apple devices (just not offline yet).