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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...


"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...

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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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