Tragedy into Triumph

Severe persecution is a way of life for the Christian Church in the seven Islamic Republics of Central and Southwest Asia. Scriptures In Use is humbled to have trained and be currently partnering with believers in five out of these seven highly restrictive countries. Many hundreds have been equipped to share the message of Jesus and the Kingdom of God with their families, friends and neighbors in the effective SIU Bridges strategy. As they do, they live with the daily reality of tribulation. To God’s glory though, through their efforts, the Church of Jesus Christ triumphs and continues to grow where there were once no believers. They are able to turn tragedy into triumph.


Tribulation, Tragedy and Triumph

Just recently in September 2017, a key disciple-maker and Scriptures In Use partner in Southwest Asia was brutally gunned down by radical extremists claiming to belong to the ISIS network of terrorists. This intrepid follower of Jesus died almost instantly from six gunshot wounds as two hit teams on motorcycles ambushed him on the way to his home.

“Story” in Oral Cultures

The Impact of Using “Story” in Oral Cultures

Have you ever tried something new and been amazed (actually astonished) at the immediate, positive outcome? I remember when, as a young child growing up in the western U.S., trying to ride my bicycle without training wheels for the first time. Suddenly, with just a little more balance but without much more effort, I could go faster, turn right and left more quickly, and do special tricks on my baby-blue Schwinn bicycle. The smile on my face was so BIG that it stayed with me for days. Why didn’t I try it earlier? It takes courage to try new things, but once you do…

Orality Movement

Celebrating 30 years of ministry! Sept. CEO Blog Post

It’s incredible to think that it’s been over 30 years since Scriptures In Use (SIU) was officially incorporated as an Arizona-based US nonprofit by our three founding board directors: Jim Bowman, Carla Bowman and Gary Lovelace. God’s grace has truly abounded over the past 30 years. We have so many…


New Wine in New Wineskins

One of our biggest challenges here in the western world, especially in our ministry outreach efforts, is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. Then when we see limited to no new impact from our same old efforts, we ponder in disappointment, “What went wrong?” Albert Einstein famously called this process the “definition of insanity.” Sometimes, when I’m doing the same routine as before, I have to tell myself, “STOP, Kent! Change your approach and your ways.” There is a parable in the Bible that clearly speaks to this issue …

Running from God

Running from God?

There are times in my past when I felt so alone and isolated that I wondered how I ever got myself into such a dark place. I had to face the disappointing reality of my poor walk with God. My lack of trust and spiritual growth were the result of having turned my back on God. Actually, there have been times when I was even running from God. That’s not a good place to be! It’s happened to many of us—even to God’s most dedicated servants and prophets in the Bible. There are Elijah, Jonah, Hagar, and others….

Refresh and Renew

Refresh and Renew

During a recent family vacation, I was often reminded of how much my mind is constantly processing in “information overload” mode. I found it so difficult to slow down my mind and put my internal high-capacity motor in “idle” mode. It’s so very hard to do!!! Maybe it’s hard for you as well. It usually takes me at least two to three days at the beginning of a vacation to start to decompress and slow down my thoughts and behaviors. I’ve learned that you have to…

change lives

Does Telling Bible Stories Change Lives?

Recently one of our SIU national partners and leaders from the Global South (made up of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America) told me that he had taken the time to count over 700 stories in the Bible. He then said, “I feel ashamed as I have only memorized 36 of these Bible stories word for word in my native language and in four other local dialects. I should have memorized many more by now if I want to be more effective in my work to change lives.” Poof, my bubble of Westerner pride in having memorized three short, English-only stories burst in comparison to what this inspiring leader was sharing. He went on to say…


The Return of the Prodigal

In oral cultures as we train and equip indigenous grassroots leaders to share the Bible orally, we encounter young men who have experienced the loss of a father. Living in remote communities, under difficult conditions, their families have seen all types of persecution and suffering. They have witnessed genocide, sickness, and destruction which took many fathers’ lives. These leaders are now orphans and as such…

Great Value

The Pearl of “Great Value”

Have you ever lost something valuable to you…like your checkbook? Your wedding ring? Your car keys? Or your wallet? I think I’ve lost every one of those items at least once in my life. The feeling of not being able to find something valuable that’s been lost is one of the worst feelings I’ve experienced. OK, being pulled over by a police officer for a traffic ticket is pretty awful too. Perhaps you are like me when this happens. You search and then search some more. You retrace your steps and question your actions and just when you are about to give up…