“This is amazing!” said Dante. “I am hearing [these] stories for the first time. I believe they are for me, too.”
Dante, whose parents named him for a Hindu god, grew up in a village that rejected Jesus and his message of salvation. But when Christians working at a recording studio in that Asian region needed help, they found Dante.
The team was ready to record Bible stories in the dialect of Dante’s people, but in this mostly non-reading community, they lacked speakers who could narrate the script. They hired Dante, a solid reader with a pleasant voice, to fill several roles in the Open Bible recordings. The Open Bible is a series of 50 stories spanning from Creation to the anticipated second coming of Christ. The audio recordings introduce Scripture to an oral culture where the Bible is available only in the national language, which is not the dialect this community understands easily.
But the Scripture stories began to reach Dante’s heart even before they were recorded.