Vicki Ivester, Minstry Coordinator
Dr. Lynn Silvernale, Translation Coordinator


Literacy is teaching someone to interpret written symbols and transform them into meaningful language.

More than 2 billion people in the world cannot read; more than 1/2 of the world's adults are illiterate. WORD Ministries provides literacy training and consultant help to all ABWE fields with the goal of establishing adult literacy programs that will produce readers of Scripture who will, in turn, teach others.

Having God's Word written in their own language does not benefit the more than 2 billion people in the world who cannot read. More than one-half of the world's adults cannot read; in some places as many as 90% of adults are illiterate! This is why we provide Scripture portions on cassette tapes and also develop literacy materials to be used through local churches to teach adults to read. God's Word works in human hearts in a way nothing and no one else can, for it is "living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword...."


Recommended Training opportunities:
Literacy and Evangelism International in Tulsa, OK (
SIL (Wycliffe)

Recommended Reading List:
Workshop Guide for Primer Construction by Katherine Barnwell (SIL)
Literacy Primers: The Gudschinsky Method by Lee (SIL)
Adult Literacy Primer Construction by Rice and Johnston (LEI)
Literacy Workshops: A Leader's Guide by Bert Dyson (LEI)
Boot-Strap Literature by Wendell (SIL) (out of print)

Current Projects and Updates:
Mali (EBM): Timbuktu dialect of Songhai -- Primers developed and being prepared for printing
Muslim central Europe -- Primers printed in test form and being used
Togo: Ewe and Kabiye -- Primers printed and in use, literacy programs established


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