Scriptures in Use is reaching out to the hard places of the world. Places where the message of Jesus has never been heard. Places where cultural and linguistic barriers have isolated people from the transforming message of Jesus Christ.
SIU has developed powerful and effective methods to communicate through storytelling the great narratives of the Bible. Through dramatizations of the parables of Jesus and cultural adaptations of Scripture in Song, every believer is taught to become a Bible storyteller through which they become natural disciple-makers and trainers.
To equip and train indigenous, local and regional partner organizations worldwide to communicate the Scriptures using Oral Bible Strategies in order to evangelize, disciple and plant churches among unreached people groups. “Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation” hearing the gospel helps to reach the lost, unreached and unengaged.
To reach oral cultures using traditional oral arts; such as Storytelling, Drama, Music, and Dance. Through orality, our hope is that every oral learner will develop a love and appreciation of the scriptures in their own mother tongue and will multiply the number of followers of Jesus, by sharing God’s Word among their own people.
To hold closely to the qualities and values defined and accepted by our Lord and Savior in living out a life as a “follower of Jesus” with the fruits of the spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
Jim and Carla Bowman
Jim and Carla Bowman chartered Scriptures In Use as a non-profit in October of 1986, after three years of short term mission trips to Mexico. Once they had raised enough support, they officially started Bridges training in July of 1987. Working out of their home, they recruited others to join their storytelling movement. Over the past 30 years, SIU has become a leader in communicating the Bible orally through storytelling, headquartered in Green Valley, Arizona. The Bowmans developed five separate curricula and tens of thousands have come to know Christ as a result. Jim and Carla Bowman are currently enjoying retirement and continue to serve the Lord in many ways.
Jim worked in television, film and newspapers. In the early 80’s, he and his wife Carla began to work among indigenous people with a unique assignment of Scripture engagement for minority languages. He pioneered the development and field testing of oral communication methodology, launching an international training curriculum in the late 90’s. He is retired in Arizona with his wife Carla and has two daughters and four grandchildren. Jim is also the author of Finding My Real Father.
CEO & Executive Director Scriptures in Use:
Kent Kiefer is the CEO & Executive Director of Scriptures in Use (SIU). Kent has been with Scriptures since 2014. He has over 18 years of combined International Ministry experience: seven years with SIU, four years with a faith-based International Missions’ Sending Agency (“ABWE”) and previously eight years with a faith-based International Parachurch ministry (“Focus on the Family”).
Kent has a heart and passion for “reaching the unreached” and believes strongly that the oral arts, communication bridges training approach designed specifically for the indigenous men and women of peace around the world is one of the most effective means to reach the nations with the Gospel.
Kent and his wife, Melissa, were married in 1992. They have four children (two teenagers and two young adults) and currently live in the deserts of Southern Arizona in the Greater Tucson area.