Transportation and Customs
It sounds easy but it's important to realize that the logistics of getting Scripture–hether it's in the form of audio Scripture players, printed Bibles, the “JESUS” film, or DVDs for signed languages–to the language community can be complex. If a printer or production company in a foreign country is used, they deliver the boxes of Scripture to a ship, plane, vehicle, or other form of transportation headed to a city near the language group. When the boxes finally arrive in the country, they often incur a customs fee. Usually a local agent is responsible for handling this process, which can be quite lengthy if complications arise. Once the Scripture books, players, or DVDs are released from customs, they are transported to a central distribution site for the language group. In some cases they need to be transported across borders if the people are located in a land-locked country such as Chad. In-country transportation can include all sorts of creative methods–planes, motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, and even donkeys!
Eventually, no matter what the distribution process involved, once the Bibles arrive, the community often plans an event to publicize, celebrate, and distribute the new Scripture. Often this involves inviting local officials, church leaders, and people from the community. It's usually a major event where people thank God for His provision, recognize the importance of the Word of God, and celebrate the value of their language and culture. Celebrations often include a large meal, skits, dramas, dancing, singing, speeches, prayers of thanksgiving, and distribution of the books, audio players, or DVDs.
Digital and Online Distribution
Scripture can also be distributed digitally via the Internet or through cell phones which are very popular even in remote locations. With digital platforms like Bible.is and YouVersion, people can download biblical text onto their phones in audio, text, or video formats, and share those files with others. In areas where the Gospel cannot be shared openly, cell phones are a convenient and non-threatening way to transport and distribute God's Word.