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SMS Cluster

Fast Facts:

  • Languages: Bandi*, along with a few other people groups

  • No. of speakers: 10,000–60,000, 3 million

  • Christians: varies; mostly nominal

  • Location: Southeast Asia**

  • Project 2 date: 2017~2028


Long-term Goals:

  • Train other language groups to make Scripture Use products and engage their own communities.

  • Continue with Bible translation, language development and Scripture engagement for Bandi.


The Bandi project started in a very low-key way in the 1980s. However, besides doing Bible translation, the Bandi team have turned out to be good at making Scripture Use materials and promoting them to local churches – Sunday school materials, Bible storybooks, Big Books, audio CDs with original Christian songs, still picture videos, etc. Furthermore, they are eager to help other groups to do the same.

To take advantage of these strengths, in 2017 the Bandi project was reconfigured into the SMS Cluster Project. The SMS Project’s primary aim is Scripture Engagement – to train and equip people groups to produce Scripture-related materials, that they may know Christ more deeply.

* For security reasons, pseudonyms are used for the language name and names of individuals.

** The exact location is confidential. Prior approval is required for further reproduction or distribution in any form.


Project updates:


Apr 2024 - SMS
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Jan 2024 - SMS
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Nov 2023 - SMS
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Jul 2023 - SMS Project
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Long-term goals and progress to date in detail:

Apr 2024 - SMS Cluster Project further details
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