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A word from the International Director (July 2020)

ION exists for one reason: to promote discipling all oral communicators – the oral majority – unreached peoples.  Our hearts beat with William Carey who in 72 small pages upended the status quo of missions and its colonial view approach to evangelizing “the...

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ION North America Regional Online Connection 2021

We are pleased to announce that the next ION NAR Conference will take place in Houston, Texas, in Fall 2021!

A word from the Acting Director

Orality is the new normal.  That’s good news and not so good news for the Good News.  It’s good news for those in the world that live with affordable access to the internet and the virtual world of life-saving, life changing information.  It’s not so good n...

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ION Africa Conference: Togo 6 – 8 November 2019

We are pleased to announce our upcoming ION Africa Conference, which will be held in Lome, Togo from Wednesday 6th to 8th November 2019.

ION Africa Youth Conference: Zambia 6-8 June 2019

We are pleased to announce our upcoming ION Africa Youth Conference, which will be held in Lusaka, Zambia Thursday 6th June - Saturday 8th June 2019.

The Gospel and the Spoken Word: ION NAR Conference, Toronto, Oct 3-5, 2019

We are pleased to give advanced notification that the 2019 ION North American Region Conference with take place in Toronto, Oct. 3-5, 2019. The theme for this year's conference will be '1 WORD 4 ALL - Embodying Jesus in a Post-Textual Society' Please ...

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ION Africa Consultation Nov 2018

ION Africa consultation was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from November 27 to 29, 2018. It brought together 130 participants from 21 countries. The 3-day program included presentations, interactive dialogue and panel discussions under the theme “Reachi...

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This is a community website, and we need YOU! You are invited to share stories, useful resources, events and opportunities to collaborate on our site. Do you have an inspiring story, or know of a useful resource? Our community site aims to serve the Oral...

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Update from the Office of the Executive Director

Growth in ION South East Asia The orality community is celebrating exponential growth in recent months within South East Asia. Flowing out of the regional conference last November, an additional six national orality gatherings have been held stimulatin...

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Orality: An Infographic – Lausanne Movement

The Lausanne Movement has published a new Orality Infographic for your use.

ION Africa Consultation – Lubumbashi, August 21- 25, 2018

By DR VICTOR MADZIAKAPITA REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR ION AFRICA AUGUST 28, 2018   Introduction ION Africa in its 2018 plan included the introduction of oralityto a French Speaking Country. The desire was to do this in DRC and at that time Bunya in Eas...

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SAVE THE DATE: ION European Consultation, Sep 26-28, 2019

We are pleased to give advanced notification of a consultation that will be held in Europe, in partnership with Oxford Centre for Missions Studies (OCMS), September 26-28, 2019 in Oxford, UK. More details to follow.

SAVE THE DATE: ION European Consultation, Sep 26-18, 2019

We are pleased to give advanced notification of a consultation that will be held in Europe, in partnership with Oxford Centre for Missions Studies (OCMS), September 26-18, 2019 in Oxford, UK. More details to follow.

ION Southeast Asia Convergence 2017

The vision of oral Bibleless unreached people groups began in 2010.  A strong conviction to develop a training program in response to that vision. In 2013, we had the first graduates of the Language and Culture Institute deployed to some of this oral Biblel...

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An Extraordinary Experience: An Insider’s Perspective on the 2017 NARION Conference

Recently, my husband Steven and I experienced the North American (NARION) Conference at the gorgeous Focus on the Family Welcome Center.  By the conclusion of the conference, without exception, we concurred that this time surpassed that of any other confere...

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Bible in 90 Days Prayer Initiative

We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative. As we listen, we continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue. 

ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 1

The West African Orality Consultation commenced today, the 18th of July, 2017, at the ECWA Headquarters International Conference Hall. The purpose of this consultation is to understand the theory, practice and impact of orality in sharing the gospel and gro...

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ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 2

Day 2 focused on practical descriptions of the practice of orality.  It sought to help participants analyse the different practices of oral learning and how storytelling has worked in different contexts in Africa.

ION Africa Jos Conference: Day 3

The West African Orality Consultation, held in Jos, Nigeria, came to a climax with discussions centred on sharing the impact of using orality in sharing the gospel and making disciples among oral learners in Africa.

Collaborate space launched

A space to share your needs and offer your services to the community.

Deaf ministry encouraged by growth

Something big is happening at Deaf Bible Society. They started as a project under Faith Comes By Hearing years ago, and have grown remarkably into a ministry all their own since then. JR Bucklew, President of the Deaf Bible Society, explains, “Our organiza...

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KIDStory Philippines, A Church Engagement Initiative of Wycliffe Philippines

Truly a first for KIDStory: an international training team of 11 people from 4 countries equipping over 300 people to reach and disciple the children of Manila and its surrounding communities.

Save the Date! 2017 NAR ION Conference

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a North America Regional Conference, September 11-13 at the Focus on the Family Campus, Colorado Springs [action full_width="yes" content_in_grid="yes" type="normal" text_font_weight="" show_button="yes...

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ION appoints Jerry Wiles as North America Regional Director

Dr. David Swarr, ION International Executive Director, on behalf of the Global Executive Team, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerry Wiles to the role of North America Regional Director. In this role, Wiles will facilitate the North American aspec...

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Latin America Report

Jerry Wiles, Senior Associate for Training in ION reports on his involvement this year with Living Water International: Living Water International has been involved with Orality Training, and Orality Training for Trainer (OT4T) for almost a decade in Mex...

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South East Asia Call2All

The International Orality Network participated in the Call2All Korea congress 2016 held at Kintex Convention Center, Goyang, South Korea, this past June. The ION SouthEast Asia Regional Director, Dr. Romer Macalinao, conducted two workshops, namely: Orality...

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Global Storytelling and Song Online Course

This autumn, Fuller Seminary will be offering a fully online course about sharing the gospel orally. The goal of this course is to learn how to effectively contextualize the gospel and theology via oral art forms for Christian worship, witness and spiritual...

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India Orality Think Tank Report

The first ION Orality Think Tank in India took place at the ISI, New Delhi. We were privileged to have a group of 35 participants from a wide variety of ministries in the fields of Bible translation, development, church planting & disciple-making, Theologic...

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2016 NAR Conference Theme: Word Without Borders

We are excited to announce the theme for ION's North America Regional Conference in Houston, TX (Sept 12-14): Word Without borders Orality: making Him known through creativity and culture.

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As a part of our updated website & ION Community - we are launching a new platform to share and discuss issues surrounding orality & missions.

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As we are developing our communications for this new season, we are excited to be able to offer a platform for community members to contribute and share. To find out more, please visit:

Orality Global Mapping Project

The Orality Global Mapping Project was conceived to meet the needs of mission agencies who are building strategies and designing instruction for the world’s oral majority. Despite the excellent research done to identify unreached people groups and languages...

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India Orality Think Tank

On May 13th this year, ION will be hosting a one day event that will be held in New Delhi, bringing together a select group of leaders from across India who represent church, missions, Bible agencies and theological institutions. The purpose of this Think T...

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Africa Appointments & Consultations

Appointment of Bramuel Musya to Executive Team of ION Dr. David Swarr welcomed Bramuel Musya as part of the Executive Team of ION. Bramuel shared that he is glad to bring back to Africa the global voice as he interacts with others. With a background in ...

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Save the date! North America Regional Conference

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a North America Regional Conference, September 12-14 in Houston, Texas. More details will follow shortly.

Becoming Truly Global as a Network

For ION the past months have been a time of transition and preparation for a new season of great opportunity. We look forward to building on the amazing foundations that have been laid in ION for over more than 10 years of history. Yet although what has alr...

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