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The "sting" of truth

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Asia 02 January 2021 - - - - - - · 0 views

As written by an IW to Asia
Oral strategies come in a variety of shapes, including parables. Jesus used parables to effectively teach about the kingdom of God, as well as to challenge people about their sin or false patterns of thinking. While I have used...


I've never been in a Bible study discussion like this!

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Europe 01 December 2020 - - - - - - · 0 views

"I've never been in a Bible study discussion like this! I think we always need to use this format in the future," one of my local colleagues said to the national pastor of our church revitalization. I was in awe of what was happening, which was the answer to years of prayer and work! 
Many years ago I became convinced that we needed to use an oral,...


Are Orality and Storying Really Effective in Post-Modern Europe?

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Europe 05 October 2020 - - - - - - · 0 views

As told by an IW to Europe 
I often asked myself this question, “ Are orality and storying really effective in Post-Modern Europe?”  
Working among Arabs, I was already convinced of the effectiveness and potential impact of using oral communication methods and storytelling among primary oral learners. I had seen it up close and personal. I ha...


Orality in the time of COVID-19

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Africa 29 July 2020 - - - - - - · 0 views

Orality in the time of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives touching most everyone in the world. This has demanded creativity so that we could continue to minister to people in this changing reality. Orality, (telling Bible stories and finding their treasures through questions) has taken a surprising turn during this time. IN AFRICA:
In Guinea, before the...


God's Word speaks today

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Middle East, Europe 09 June 2020 - - - - - - · 0 views

It's amazing how God can use one story from Scripture to speak different truths to different people! We recently held online orality trainings for many C&MA IWs in different regions around the world. One of the stories we used in the training was Jesus calming the storm (from Mark 4:35-41). As we discussed the story with the training participants, so...


God's Story Surprise!

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Europe 08 April 2020 - - - - - - · 0 views

*As told by an IW to Spain 
The day I walked through the door, I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard of these places before—these safe houses, these women, this hard and difficult work. 
I was expecting to meet broken women. I was expecting to see sadness and pain on their faces. 
But, I didn’t expect this. 
I had received a phone...


I remember everything...

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 09 December 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

This summer I returned to my country of service after a year-long home assignment in the States. After finding a new apartment and unpacking my things from storage, I began diving back into ministry. One of my ministry projects is developing a set of oral Bible stories in the local language. This project involves 6 local women who have different roles...


"Have Story, Will Travel"

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Asia 31 October 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

As told by an IW to Asia   “Why did you come to __________ ?” That is a question that the driver asks when I take an “Uber”-like form of transportation in our city. In the past, I used to answer something like “God has called us here. God loves the people in this country and he has called us to love them too.” I felt, and still feel, that tha...


Stories that Spread Like Wildfire!

Posted by Connie Seale , in Uncategorized, Orality 30 September 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

By an IW to France 
We sat in the living room in France with our story crafter. Sophia was from Algeria in North Africa but had arrived in France with her family at a young age.  
She was the perfect blend of a first generation immigrant family. She lived daily on the bi-cultural bridge between Algeria and France. She lived daily on the bi-ling...


The Power of God's TOLD Story

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 29 July 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

By Renee 
After telling the story of “Jesus Calms the Storm” to the crowd, there was a silent hush in the room. It was palpable. I didn’t READ the story from Mark 4, but my eyes had interlocked with those around the room as I invited them into the boat with me.  
The power of God’s Word, combined with the power of the “told” story . . . leads to...

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An oral learner is:


Someone whose most effective communication and learning format, style, or method is in accordance with oral formats, as contrasted to literate formats.
Someone who prefers to learn or process information by oral rather than written means. (These are literate people whose preferred communication style is oral rather than literate, even though they can read.)
Someone who cannot read or write (this represents about 5% of the world's population).

Did you know?


There are an estimated 4.35 billion people who are oral learners. This includes 3 billion adults, 900 million very young children, and 450 million children between the ages of eight and fifteen; all of these have basic or below basic literacy skills. They are oral learners because of their limited literacy skills.
The vast majority of missions work has been done for a literate audience. Unfortunately the vast majority of the true audience is therefore not able to connect with the Gospel.
Oral cultures are very relational - they share their lives with one another.
Most oral cultures will communicate with one another in narratives, dialogues and dramas, proverbs, songs, chants, and poetry. When asked what he thought about a new village school headmaster, a Central African replied "Let's watch how he dances".

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