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"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 he was healed.


In the discussion time, participants shared what they learned about God from the story and there were so many different aspects of God's character that were expressed from just one story that one of the participants exclaimed, "I never realized this story taught so much truth!"


Participants fed off of each other in sharing different lessons from the story in a way that brought rich fellowship among people who had never met prior to this seminar! Imagine the power of a group that interacts regularly around stories from God's word and the depth of insights and growth that could happen!

There are so many facets to God's wisdom and His love.  Group study,

lead by the Holy Spirit can bring out these different aspects.  The differing aspects are revealed by the different insights that individuals have.  When those insights are coordinated by the Spirit, deeper learning

takes place.

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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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