Our Vision

If you’ve never heard of GRN or wondered what we do, you might ask …
Why does GRN exist?
What’s the need for recordings in mission?
Read on to learn about our work and the vision that drives it.

Our Vision
That people might hear and understand God's Word in their heart language - especially those who are oral communicators and those who do not have Scriptures in a form they can access.
Unpack our Vision Statement

The Unreached

Unreached People In The World
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3.34 billion people have no access to Scripture and no one to tell them the Gospel

There are still billions of people who have not yet been reached with the Good News.

How can they hear the story of Jesus in their own heart language?

Heart Language

Your heart language is the language you feel with, the language of your dreams and imagination, the one you use to express what is in your heart.

And it’s also the language of your mind and thoughts, and the language you prefer to have a conversation in.

If we want someone to think about Jesus, we have to tell them about Him in the language of their thoughts.

More about heart languages

The Bible in Different Languages

More than half of the world's languages (3,883) don't have ANY Scripture translated ...

… and this doesn’t include speech varieties (dialects) within language groups.
We estimate that there are more than 12,000!

Clearly, there is still a lot of work needed to get the Gospel into every language.

How can they hear the story of Jesus in their own heart language?

Orality

80% of the World are Oral Preference Learners

That's 5.7 Billion People!

What is Orality?

Most people are oral preference learners, meaning:

They are unable to read
OR
They prefer to learn and communicate by listening rather than reading

So how can we reach oral preference learners with the Gospel?

How can they hear the story of Jesus in their own heart language?

Storytelling

Our Lord Jesus was the best communicator who ever lived – and He mostly relied on stories
to teach His message.

Why? Because stories are:

People enjoy a good story. Learning happens best when people enjoy it!

Stories are easier to remember than facts or abstract truth. Because they are memorable, they are also more likely to be retold.

Stories connect with people. They ‘get you in’. It’s harder to turn away a story than an information text.

Stories can teach or touch you without you realising it.

Stories can touch your emotions as well as your intellect.

Stories tend to be more relational than other forms of communication.

Stories work for all ages – they are not just for kids!

How can they hear the story of Jesus in their own heart language?

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A person’s heart language is the one they know best and have the closest affinity with. It is the language we feel with, the language of our dreams and imagination, the one we use to express what is in our hearts.
Many people with a rare or diminishing mother tongue must become multilingual to function and survive in society. These people may understand Gospel messages in various languages, but to truly touch their heart with Jesus’ love, we want to speak their heart language
The Bible affirms the value of communicating in the heart language. The story of Pentecost in Acts 2 indicates that all who were visiting Jerusalem from other regions heard the proclamation by the apostles in their own languages. More than a dozen places are listed! It is likely that all present would have understood Greek, but the account makes the point that God is not biased towards or against any people group or language: all are included in His plan.
Heart language is also important because of worldview. Ideally, the Gospel challenges people’s cultural ideas and worldview. For most of us, our worldview is about 80% set by the time we are 12 years old, via the main language spoken at home. If a message is to challenge and potentially change a worldview, it is most likely to happen in the language in which the worldview was developed. The transformative power of the Gospel of Christ is seen in the heart language of the people.

Most people are oral preference learners, meaning:

They are unable to read
OR
They prefer to learn and communicate by listening rather than reading

This means that 5.7 billion people around the globe need to hear rather than read the Bible for themselves.

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