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God's Word speaks today

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Middle East, Europe 09 June 2020 · 0 views

It's amazing how God can use one story from Scripture to speak different truths to different people! We recently held online orality trainings for many C&MA IWs in different regions around the world. One of the stories we used in the training was Jesus calming the storm (from Mark 4:35-41). As we discussed the story with the training participants, so many different aspects of the story touched people individually. As participants shared this story with friends and family as "homework" before the next training session, they began to be amazed at what stood out to people from the story. Here are just a few of the truths we drew out just from this short story:


- Jesus has power over nature
- Jesus was not troubled by the storm, but was at peace enough that he was sleeping!
- Jesus acts, even when we come with meager faith
- Displays of God's power can lead us to fear and awe at the same time
- When we are panicking, we can go to Jesus
- If we have trouble sleeping, we can remember that Jesus is in control
- Our faith grows as we experience God's power in our lives


Through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, God speaks to us today in the situations in which we are living! The Word of God is living and active in our midst, we just need to present it in ways in which people can digest the rich truths in the Scriptures!

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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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