I remember everything...
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 in developing the stories. As I got back together with them to see if they were still willing to help with the project, I was excited that all but one would be willing to continue (and I found another person who could fill that role, praise the Lord!).
Two of the ladies involved in the project are sisters in their early 20s. Right away, they told me that they remembered all of the previous 6 stories that we had worked on together. A bit surprised, I asked them to retell what they remembered. Working together, they proceeded to tell me in detail the story of creation, the fall, the Israelites in slavery, the 10 plagues, and Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt! They truly hadn't forgotten a thing even after a year of not working on the stories at all!
This was a huge encouragement to me on many levels. I love that they have internalized the Scriptures. It showed me the power of oral learning, which is strengthened in community. It gave me hope that these stories will be used powerfully by God throughout this country once the set is finished. One of the sisters said this was the best way to have Bible study and easier to understand than previous Bible studies she's attended. Praise the Lord!