As told by an IW to Asia “Why did you come to __________ ?” That is a question that the driver asks when I take an “Uber”-like form of transportation in our city. In the past, I used to answer something like “God has called us here. God loves the people in this country and he has called us to love them too.” I felt, and still feel, that tha...
From an IW serving in Indonesia Impact. Like a stone thrown into a pond that sends out ripples far beyond its impact point, so was my hope that the orality workshop that I had led on our campus, Jaffray Theological School in Makassar, Indonesia, would change the hearts and habits of the participants far beyond the time that they spent in the workshop...
Several months ago, our church began a series on relationships. We began with our relationship with God and worked our way through relationships with family, coworkers, friends, and eventually romantic relationships. During our portion on our relationship with God, I shared Bill Hybels' story called "Coffee with God." In this story, Pastor...
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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".