We believe that God intends for His inspired Word to be clear and understandable to all peoples. For the Scriptures are designed to “make wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7) and we are instructed to teach them diligently to our children and talk of them when we sit in our house, and when we walk by the way, and when we lie down, and when we rise (Deut. 6:7).
In light of this, just as Philip helped explain the Scriptures to the Ethiopian eunuch using everyday conversational language, we believe that the Lord has guided Hope4MENA to help explain parts of Scripture by producing Bible storybooks in the everyday conversational language of as many peoples as possible in the MENA region!
Unlike the written English language which is very similar to spoken English, the classical written Arabic stands in stark contrast to the colloquial dialects we speak, think with, and are closest to our hearts. Each nation, and sometimes each part of a nation, has different dialects! There is a disastrously low rate of reading among children and young people in our region, and that is due in part to this apparent dichotomy between the “language” they speak and the one they read.
We believe God has guided Hope4MENA to launch an unprecedented initiative in our region and in the world of Arabic publishing! To write the way we talk!
So far, we’ve published four books:
- The Beginner’s Bible
- Family-Time Bible in Pictures
- The 30 Stories Bible
- The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible