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Market Day

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality, Africa 22 January 2019 - - - - - - · 0 views

A story as shared with me by IWs to Africa: 
Pastor G and the Sunday Market 
In West Africa, each town and village has a weekly market day. Perhaps normally they have some things available but on "market day" it is like the mall comes to town. On that day of the week, merchants come from all over and set up their displays in the open market....


Get on the Ark!

Posted by Renee , in Africa, Orality 08 February 2013 - - - - - - · 1742 views

It was a bright cheery day when Stephen came over for a visit.  We had started going through the Orality stories together weeks before and now we were on the story of Noah.  Stephen liked to hear the stories and didn't mind helping me practice saying them to him.  

After we had been through the story together a few times, I asked him if he knew that...


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...


Everyone Stops to Listen

Posted by Renee , in Africa, Orality 10 December 2012 - - - - - - · 1495 views

On street corners and in market places in Africa, one can often see groups of men and women gathered to listen to someone tell a story.   This is a natural part of an "oral society" and is their primary means of transmitting information.  I realized one day how powerful the "told" story is.  

My family was invited to a wedding party at...

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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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