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When K heard the story, his eyes lit up

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 10 April 2017 · 948 views

A story of a man who is connecting the dots about what he is learning about Jesus, as shared with me by a fellow overseas worker. Pray that this man will come to faith as he continues to learns about who Jesus is!

 

About 3 years ago a team member who teaches language classes at our ministry center decided to teach a different type of class. Instead of using a more traditional class format, he decided to use stories from God's Word about the prophets as a means for the students to learn the local language. He had about 6 North African men that faithfully came to the classes and as a result heard stories from Creation to Christ.

 

One young man in the class, K, from the very beginning of the course was extremely interested in the stories. He had a real hunger to learn about the prophets, and he was especially drawn to the stories of Jesus. The teacher met with him many times outside of class and K seemed to be very open to the Good News. After the course was finished, K went back to his home country for the summer. Before he left, the teacher helped him download the Bible on his phone so that he could read more about Jesus. K's summer turned into almost a year and a half in his home country, and contact with him was lost.

 

Last fall, he showed up unexpectedly at our ministry center and he and I started to spend time together every week going for walks or meeting for coffee. One day as we were walking in countryside outside of our city we passed by a flock of sheep and I took advantage of the opportunity to tell him the story of the shepherd who left the 99 sheep to go after the one who was lost. When K heard the story, his eyes lit up and he exclaimed "I remember that story! It reminds me of another story that I heard about two sons..." And he proceeded to retell me the story of the Prodigal Son that he had heard a year and a half ago. We had a good conversation about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. In that conversation he also told me, "What I love about Jesus is that he's a friend of sinners and that he helps lost people." It was obvious that the stories he had heard had not been forgotten.

 

K, the language class teacher, a believer from Ks home country, and I are now doing a video course that goes through the stories of the prophets to Jesus. We don't know what the end of the story in his life will be, but it has been so encouraging to see K discover the person of Jesus through storytelling.



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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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