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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...


"I never realized this story taught so much truth!"

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 11 July 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

At Council 2019 in Orlando, our Global Orality Team presented a seminar on the power of using story in discipleship one afternoon. Participants serving in different types of ministries gathered and experienced a "story fellowship group" centered around the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers, but only 1 returning to give praise to God once he realized h...


Beyond Expectations

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Asia 03 May 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

From an IW serving in Indonesia Impact. Like a stone thrown into a pond that sends out ripples far beyond its impact point, so was my hope that the orality workshop that I had led on our campus, Jaffray Theological School in Makassar, Indonesia, would change the hearts and habits of the participants far beyond the time that they spent in the workshop...


"Justice is not our responsibility"

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Latin America 03 March 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

By: Teri Newburn and Myriam Lecha  Over 3 years ago, my friendship with a beautician named Alejandra led me to start a reflection group/Bible study in my home. When I deliberated how to lead a Bible study in Spanish for an audience of “seekers,” I was drawn to the stories of God’s word in their simplicity and depth. I read the story from a simple tra...


Market Day

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Africa 22 January 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

A story as shared with me by IWs to Africa: 
Pastor G and the Sunday Market 
In West Africa, each town and village has a weekly market day. Perhaps normally they have some things available but on "market day" it is like the mall comes to town. On that day of the week, merchants come from all over and set up their displays in the open market....


Reproducible Teaching

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 12 December 2018 - - - - - - · 0 views

In many of our contexts, most of us are not working with illiterate people. We are working with oral-preference learners. What does that mean? While they CAN read and write, it's not the primary, or preferred, way that they assimilate new information. So as we seek to reach people in our areas of ministry and teach them spiritual truths, we need to break...


Listening Well

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 05 June 2018 - - - - - - · 271 views

This week as I spent time with local women, two of them shared some painful and difficult things that they are going through. As I listened and asked the Father for wisdom about how to respond, I was reminded that sometimes the best gift we can give someone is just to be a safe place for them to share what's on their hearts. I'm sure each of us has expe...


Interacting with the Word

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 05 June 2018 - - - - - - · 240 views

For the past year and a half or so, I've been working on developing a set of oral stories from the Word and the process has not gone as smoothly as I hoped or imagined. It seems like I've hit one bump after another, which has frustrated me because I like to tackle a project and work until it's done. However this process is largely dependent on others an...


Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 05 June 2018 - - - - - - · 302 views

I recently came across this article, "Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?" which was originally in an EMQ edition (MissioNexus now hosts them). I found it thought-provoking and relevant as we think about orality in our contexts.  
Here's my main take-away from the article: many of us work among literate people who have access to the word...


Repetition Helps Learning

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 25 May 2017 - - - - - - · 1070 views

Repetition Helps Learning
by Jarvis Crosby  Context:
I use the methodology of repeating things to aid in learning.  There are moments that I think repetition in an adult learning context is an insult to the adult learner. I think that by repeating what I say the adult learner will think, Im not stupid. I can get it the first time. You do not...

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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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