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Courageously Facing Divine Familial Terms

Our vice president of unfoldingWord recently met with a group of Christian brothers from some of the most severely persecuted regions of the Middle East to support their Bible translation efforts. Amid the various issues that invariably come up in such encounters, the team faced the challenge of whether or not to alter the original meanings set forth in the Bible for the terms “father” (as pertaining to God) and “son,” as pertaining to Jesus, to make the Bible’s message more palatable to the targeted Muslim audience.

Quality Assurance of Open-Licensed Biblical Content

A description of a multi-tiered strategy for identifying 
the quality of translated Biblical content with 
increased efficiency and sustainability.

Current Document: Revision 11, 26 July 2014

photo credit: joybot, cc by-sa

Bible Translation Statistics - 2013

A slide in a recent presentation started a conversation about what the actual status of Bible translation is worldwide. The information at contains fairly up-to-date information and lists the following key data points:

Biblical Media, Any Language, No Restrictions, For Free

How you can create Biblical content in multimedia formats in any language, for free.

A presentation made at EMDC 2014, covering the history of copyright, the context of the world today, the need for Biblical content, and an introduction to unfoldingWord Open Bible Stories.


Want to Help Build the Open Bible Stories Translation App?

This mobile (and eventually web) app is intended to facilitate the translation and media production of Open Bible Stories ( in any language. It is an open-source project online here: Know how to code for Android? Join us!

How It All Works

We get this question a lot: "How does Distant Shores relate to Open Bible Stories, Door43, unfoldingWord, and The Christian Commons?"

The answer goes something like this (see the diagram):

A Technology R&D Need: Offline, Asynchronous Translation

The worldwide rise of digital technology, particularly in the form of mobile devices, provides what may be the greatest opportunity in all of history for the advance of God's Kingdom among all people groups. Digital technology makes it possible to create, translate, and distribute content efficiently and at low cost. It is also possible to work together efficiently toward common goals as distributed teams in many different parts of the world simultaneously. 

We Need Your Help!

Distant Shores Media is expanding and we are looking for help. We recently updated the Serve with Distant Shores Media page on our website, where you can find the list of positions we are specifically looking to fill. These include roles in areas like Marketing, Donor Development, Program Development, and Human Resources.

Hacking with the Global Church

The Door43 project is going strong! Every day, translators from around the world are translating projects like Open Bible Stories into languages like Farsi (Iran), Ayta Abellen (The Philippines), Haka Chin (Burma), and many others.

Beware of So-Called "Open" Licenses That Are Not

The “free & open” movement is on fire! Projects like Wikipedia, Open Street Map, and Android (built on Linux) are evidence that open collaboration by anyone, anywhere, can create great content and powerful tools.