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Please Tell Me Another Story

Posted by Renee , in Africa, Orality 10 December 2012 · 1787 views

I was meeting with my Muslim friend, Myriam, regularly to tell her Bible stories. She was hungry and thirsty for truth and was always eager for my visits with hot mint tea sitting on the table when I arrived.

I didn't realize that Myriam was naturally repeating and retelling the stories to her husband each time. Her husband, a devout Muslim, was not happy that I was telling his wife stories about Jesus. He forbid Myriam to talk to me anymore about Jesus.
When Myriam told me this, I respected her husband's wishes. I did not want Myriam to get into trouble.

One day, sometime later, I went to Myriam's house to do henna, a temporary tattoo made from the henna tree. Myriam was at my feet painting my toes with the thick dark brown paste. She looked up at me and said, "Please tell me another story."

I was suddenly faced with a dilemma. How could I NOT share another story of truth with my friend who was so hungry and thirsty to know the One True Living God? She loved the stories, and they were powerfully impacting her heart and soul! Whispering quietly in her living room, I told her another story and prayed in my heart for God's protection upon us. Her eyes lit up as she listened intently to the story of His love. Several years later, Myriam's heart opened, and Christ became her Lord! Oh the power of HIS story!

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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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