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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 and I can't necessarily just work harder or better in order to make it happen. This is so true in many areas of our work, isn't it?!


The other day as I was meeting with a friend and working on the story of creation, I found myself getting frustrated that it wasn't coming together as I'd hoped. But then my friend shared some deep insights from the story that I wouldn't have expected from her since she does not share my beliefs. In that moment, I sensed the HS reminding me that each time someone interacts with the Word is a chance for life change. So I encourage you today with that reminder: that when people interact with the Word, even if the bigger picture isn't what we imagined, it's an opportunity for the Father to work in their lives.

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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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