Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
7,099 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Scripture Engagement involves accessing, understanding and interacting meaningfully with the life-changing message of the Scriptures.
Scripture Engagement specialists help language communities consider and plan for access to Scripture in the languages and media that serve them best. As appropriate to the context, they assist churches and other interested individuals and agencies that wish to facilitate access to and life-changing encounters with the Bible.
Scripture Engagement specialists advise on the production and use of appropriate Scripture products in multilingual settings. They can also advise on ways other communities have effectively used Scripture texts to address everyday concerns (illness, interpersonal conflict, life transitions) as well as more pressing ones (HIV-AIDS, trauma due to conflict or natural disasters). Music, drama and the visual arts can play a powerful role in helping people engage with Scripture.
Related consulting and training services include:
Scripture Engagement services of SIL are not available in all countries where SIL personnel are found. However, you may be able to access these services through other organizations. The Forum of Bible Agencies International has many excellent Scripture Engagement resources available on their website: http://www.scripture-engagement.org/