This people group has worshipped their ancestors through the ages, and have added in some Daosim, Buddhism, and folk religion to find their hope and meaning. If you ask them, "Do you know Jesus?" you would likely hear, "What is that?" They are harmonious people, adjusting and changing with the majority culture in order to keep up with the breakneck modernization happening in their country. But they still value their own culture. While their language is unwritten, their culture is preserved and passed down by epic songs.
Right now, no one from this 1 million+ people has the opportunity to worship God in their own language and culture. But you can help change that! All previous gospel efforts have relied on literate methods to unfold God's story: pamphlets, systematic theology, western-logic based studies and presentations. These communication styles hardly resonate with how this people group thinks and communicates, let alone possibly be transferable. Anything of heart and identity value is communicated orally. So instead, our team is pursuing an oral Bible that is content-accurate in their language.
We have already created 70+ oral Bible stories, and have back-translated about 15 of them which ensures linguistic and content accuracy. But this people group needs more people to tell them about Jesus! They can know and worship their King and Creator in their own language, communication style, and culture; and you can be a part of this breakthrough! Your contribution as an ethnodoxologist would rapidly advance spreading the gospel in the people group's heart language and way of communicating. Sharing oral Bible stories followed by appropriately paired songs, the potential is powerful for God's word to spread far.
Your job as an ethnodoxologist would be to help lead this effort as you begin working with them to create music that honors God. The team will support you in regard to communication, acculturation, ministry skills, and well-being.
- Ethnomusicology / Ethnodoxology study and/or degree
- No prior job experience is required
- Learner attitude
- Risk-taker mindset
- Ethnomusicology/doxology-related tech skills would be advantageous
- Strong people skills