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Worldview-based Storying: The Integration of Symbol, Story, and Ritual in the Orality Movement

This book is dedicated to the present global generation of Bible storytellers. It will challenge you to learn from the rich history of the Orality Movement, do your cultural homework related to the integration of symbol, story and ritual, and tell the great...

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Prayers and Conversations that Ignite Movements

Increasing numbers of mission and ministry leaders, pastors and church leaders, business professionals and ordinary followers of Jesus are now paying attention to the Orality Movement. There are a number of global mission leaders who are saying that it cou...

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The Power of Community – Sharing Life Together

So often over the years when I’ve had conversations with people about the Lord, I discover that someone else has already had some spiritual influence on them.  They have had some exposure to the gospel.

Life on Life: What I Learned From Refugees During My Internship

Nearly three years ago, I set out on an 11-month journey as an MTW intern, teaching English and ministering to refugee women in a city in Southeast Asia. The experience changed my perspective, faith, and sense of calling in ways that impact me to this day w...

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An Orality Learning Journey – Getting back to the Basics

Houston, TX (ANS) – What may have been a seemingly insignificant and obscure conversation among a few church/mission leaders about orality, oral cultures and oral learners back in the 1970s and ‘80s, has become an important movement in the global mission wo...

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An Afghan pastor’s prayer for his country

Faced with heartbreaking events such as those in Afghanistan, it is easy to wonder just how we can pray. To help guide your prayers, we hand over to Afghan church leader Shoaib, and he in turn prays the way our Father taught us: through the Lord’s prayer. P...

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Missionaries use trading pins as bridge to gospel conversations

Standing outside train stations, on street corners, and in neighborhood squares, IMB missionaries hold signs advertising “Free Pins.” When people stop, missionaries use the “bridge” trading pins to talk about grace, hope, love, community, and faith. With...

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Behind the Lens: How Bible storying changed Seni’s life

IMB photographers share stories from their photo collections For several years I have been documenting the work of West Africans and IMB missionaries using oral methods to evangelize the lost, disciple believers, and plant churches. Orality strateg...

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Prayers and Conversations that Ignite Movements

The Power of Praying the Word of God, and Claiming His Promises Houston, TX (ANS) – In 1806, Samuel J. Mills, Jr., a student at Williams College was one of five participants in what became known as the famous “haystack prayer meeting.”  It was a catalyst...

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Missionaries use trading pins as bridge to gospel conversations

Standing outside train stations, on street corners and in neighborhood squares, IMB missionaries hold signs advertising “Free Pins.” When people stop, missionaries use the “bridge” trading pins to talk about grace, hope, love, community and faith. With i...

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Setting Iranian children on the right path

Speaking to how important it is for children to have access to God’s Word in Iran, Zohreh says: “We didn’t hear stories of Jesus and the Bible on TV or at school. These kids are the future of this country, and they have to find God’s way – not the wrong way...

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Praying for Bibleless people

Incredibly, some Bibleless people are already Christians, like the Vures people of Papua New Guinea – 95% of them identify as Christian, but they don’t have any Scripture in the language that speaks to them best.

Winning Souls With Bible Storytelling

I’m Jenanna Cook, a member of our e3 Oral Strategy Team with e3 Partners Ministry. Over six years ago, I participated in an e3 Story Training for Trainers workshop where I learned how to share God’s Word through Bible storytelling—a method that is powerful ...

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Young adult becomes first known believer in Southeast Asian unreached people group

When an individual from an unengaged, unreached people group comes to faith, many rejoice: the missionaries who’ve dedicated their lives to reaching the people group, the believers and churches in the United States who’ve spent time praying for and investin...

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Isolated believers: North Africa

"As Christians, we always felt few and lonely. Now, as part of the SAT-7 family, we are excited to support the growth of the Church and its ability to witness to Christ," shares Samia Kessai, SAT-7 Producer and Presenter in Algeria. Samia joined Open Studio...

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Why this emphasis on accuracy?

Is it really so important that the retelling of the story is exact, word for word? We believe it is! What if someone is telling this story to a group of traditional, oral learners? They may be accustomed to the recitations of the dervish, the griot or the s...

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The DMM Platform

At The DMM Platform, we are experiencing the Kingdom breakthroughs that come when those who have never heard of Jesus hear Him speaking in their heart language. Simple, reproducible churches emerge as people in some of the most difficult and hard-to-reach p...

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Connecting, Caring and Changing Lives

I met a man in Nashville while passing through a revolving door at an entrance to a downtown hotel. I smiled and greeted the man as he was exiting, and I was entering the hotel. Immediately the man turned around and followed me into the lobby to ask me a q...

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Thru the Bible Gives Suicidal Man a Reason to Live

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the lives of billions of people around the world. Some have lost friends and loved ones, while others have lost their livelihood. Satan has used the pandemic to spread loneliness, isolation and hopelessness. But th...

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Exiled Mexican Believers Keep Gospel Legacy Alive

That’s Sebastian Perez’s blunt yet understated explanation of how he comes to be writing on behalf of his community of Mayan evangelicals in southern Mexico. For most readers, it’s startling to hear about the forced deconversions, beatings, sexual abuse and...

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Proclaimers: packing a powerful message

Proclaimers – not the well-known Scottish band, but solar-powered digital audio players – are bringing the word of God to oral-based communities, and lives are being transformed as people hear the good news of Jesus in the language that speaks to them best....

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Celebrating Our First Audio Bible in Peru

June 2021 marks the completion of our first audio bible recording for the Quechua people of Peru and our first recording in South America.  7.3 million  Quechua people are indigenous to the rural mountainous region located in southern and central Peru and s...

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6 Ways God Used the Pandemic to Open Doors for Gospel Ministry in Senegal

In Senegal, Muslim-majority country in West Africa, MTW missionary Jim has partnered with a local Senegalese pastor to train four budding Christian leaders to be pastors and church planters

Celebrating Our First Audio Bible in Peru

First Audio Bible in Peru June 2021 marks the completion of our first audio bible recording for the Quechua people of Peru and our first recording in South America.  7.3 million1 Quechua people are indigenous to the rural mountainous region located in sout...

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Audio and Video Tools for Oral People

From the time our smartphone alarms wake us in the morning until our heads hit our pillows at night, we are immersed in the ever-expanding world of technology. We benefit from technology in many ways, and without it, many of us would find it impossible to f...

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Where can I find a Bible in my language?

‘I can understand French with my ear and Swahili with my mind, but my own language I understand with my heart.’ – a pastor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Some Scripture – the whole Bible, the New Testament, or portions and stories – exists in ov...

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Reaching Oral People with the Gospel

Oral people come from all walks of life: Perhaps you can read, but prefer to hear. Audio is how you best take in information. You would rather have a recording of a sermon or a school lesson than take notes because you absorb the points better that way.

Developing a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle

In the summer of 1982, while on a road trip across the state of Kansas, I came upon a roadblock at a construction project.  A flagman approached my car and explained that there would be about a 10-minute delay.  After a brief exchange, I asked the worker, “...

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Social Media Ministry Made Easy

Not since Gutenberg developed the printing press has there been such a revolutionary means of spreading the gospel to people around the world. The Internet has eclipsed the influence of print, radio and television by putting the power to publish and broadca...

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Violence Against Christians in Africa Is Increasing

How do you see persecution? According to Open Doors, 1 in 8 Christians worldwide experience persecution for their faith. That’s 1 in 8 of us whose faith can come at great cost — in some cases, even at the cost of life itself.

SAT-7 Airs all-day life agape film festival on day of PENTECOST

SAT-7 marked the day of Pentecost this year with an international festival of Christian film aired in collaboration with partner Life Agape. A slate of impactful Christian movies in Arabic, Turkish, and Farsi were broadcast across three channels on Sunday 2...

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Journalist hears the gospel in prison

James, a pastor in a war-torn country, went to prison for two years. His crime: sharing his faith. But even imprisonment couldn’t stop him from telling the story that had changed his life.

Celebrating Our First Audio Bible in South Sudan

March 2021 marks the completion of our first audio Bible recordings for the people of South Sudan. Of the nearly 12.6 million people, 73% of the population is illiterate, and half live below the poverty line. Educational attainment is extremely poor due to ...

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Little ‘Trimtabs’ that have Big Impact for God’s Kingdom
Little ‘Trimtabs’ that have Big Impact for God’s Kingdom

There are many African proverbs about mosquitos.  One of those says, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.”  Anyone who has done much international travel in the more tropical regions of the wor...

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Literacy training in prisons using Bible storytelling
Literacy training in prisons using Bible storytelling

For those desiring to use literacy or English teaching to reach others for Christ, here is some inexpensive, effective and easy-to use material based on 30 Bible stories. It was designed for prison use, and is being used in four or five states to get indivi...

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Upping Their Game – the Bible.is App
Upping Their Game – the Bible.is App

It’s not uncommon to go back to a ministry app and find that it hasn’t been updated in years or, even worse, that it is no longer available. Thankfully, that’s not the story of Faith Comes by Hearing’s Bible.is app, which has gone through significant change...

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A Word from the Deaf of ION

The Deaf constitute a people unlike any other on earth. Mission scholars define them as a people group composed of profoundly Deaf men and women, usually Deaf at birth or before the acquisition of language, who use sign language as their preferred language ...

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Delivering the Word of God to the Hausa People

In partnership with YWAM, over 300 Davar Hausa audio Bibles were distributed to tribes in Nigeria. This was the first time many had the opportunity to experience the fullness of scripture in a language they could understand.

Trying something new

During this global pandemic, I am attending many video conferences and webinars. A clear message of “be creative” and “try something new” keeps surfacing. We were founded on the principle of being creative and trying new things.

Proclaiming the Good News through Story in Oral Cultures

God’s Word, shared through stories and the Oral Arts (storytelling and dialogue, drama, poetry, song and dance), continues to touch hearts and minds of oral preference learners around the world, even during this global pandemic. See how local leaders are pr...

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Reaching across language barriers

One challenge that many Bible college graduates have is forgetting their mother tongue. Perhaps they were identified as intelligent and talented from as young as twelve years of age so they were sent to boarding school for the sake of their education. This ...

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Digital Orality: New Signs of Spiritual Opportunities

Orality-based methods and strategies are the most effective ways people have learned and communicated from the beginning of time.  Digital Orality is about combining modern technological resources with the most ancient forms of communicating and learning.  ...

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Transformed Lives

Earlier this year, Charlotte and another member of our staff were introduced to a family from the Middle East through a mutual friend. They were invited to visit the mother and her adult daughter in their home.  

Gospel Spreads Among Truck Drivers in West Africa

In West Africa, truck driving is a dangerous and stressful job. Drivers face job insecurity, the threat of being robbed, extortion from corrupt policemen, and cultural and linguistic barriers as they cross through borders taking imports from the coast to la...

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How to Prepare Your First Bible Story

Bible storytelling is a skill that most of us are not born with. It’s hard the first time but will get easier the more stories you learn. Here is the basic process.

Listening to the Gospel in North Korea

TWR broadcasts the truth of the gospel over radio waves into some of the most closed countries in the world--including North Korea. Occasionally, our staff in South Korea receives letters from from listeners in the North thanking TWR for ministering to them.

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The Importance of Asking the Right Questions

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning." “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Unfortunately, many people lose that curiosity and thirst for knowledge as they grow older. 

We fit together well!

Everyone was listening to it, and they kept saying, “Wow! God’s word is in our language! And it’s easy to understand!”’ Yan, a Muniyo man passionate about reaching his people with the gospel, recounted excitedly as he exchanged news with Seth.

How Should Missionaries Help Create Indigenous Worship Music?

Let’s face it: we humans like neat categories. We prefer classifications that are easy to grasp. Take music, for example. We classify music into genres, which are perceived as static and “pure” despite the fact that they are always evolving.

Youssef is searching for truth online

Youssef has questions about Jesus and Josh has truth about Him. But they live in separate areas of the same city without knowing the other exists. How can they connect? Many people in these areas are going online to ask spiritual questions—just like Youssef.

Learning from our brothers in the East

Everyday experiences of isolation are something that all of us have become familiar with since the arrival of COVID-19. Middle East and North African (MENA) nations have been affected too, although isolation in other ways is a daily reality that many of the...

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Restoring Missional Vision in Theological Education

Most of the emerging churches are made up of first-generation believers. Therefore, they come with totally different sets of worldviews. They lack deep discipleship under the lordship of Jesus Christ in their lives, which would transform their worldviews. T...

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Story Sticks

The Storytellers Bible project is an initiative of Blazing Trees. We are innovating Bible resources for frontier missions. We believe that all anyone needs to make disciples is God’s presence and power through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the stories of t...

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From no phones to Zoom – and everything in between

Just over twenty years ago I went to Kenya to live in a rural village. I stayed with an American family involved in Bible translation, in order to help homeschool their children. I was to find that landlines barely existed, and my primary form of communicat...

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Fairness and Equality, from God’s Kingdom Perspective

There is a lot of talk these days about inequality and the need for more fairness and equality. People often get the idea that their worth or value is based on their salary, possessions, title or position in an organization or society. Perhaps the greatest ...

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Japan Programs Combat Disasters

Haruka* slumped into her living room chair, her shoulders hunched forward. She breathed deeply, then exhaled hard, almost a breath of desperation.  Her life unraveling and her worries mounting, Haruka pleaded with God. “Are You deserting me?”   Turning her...

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Turkana Audio Bible Leads to Life and Literacy

Davar Partners completed the the Turkana audio Bible in 2018, in partnership with the Bible Society of Kenya. Since then the Bible Society has been using the audio recordings to teach local literacy courses. We are thrilled the audio Bible provides the op...

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Rescued into Love

The day I walked through the door, I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard of these places before—these safe houses, these women, this hard and difficult work. I was expecting to meet broken women. But, I didn’t expect this.

Singing the Gospel: How Oral Learners Encounter Truth

In Africa, many village women sing to stay motivated as they work. Children are taught cultural values through songs and stories recounted during initiation rites. The Toposa people of South Sudan are no different. They sing about harvest time or a favorite...

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Overcoming Tunnel Vision: Expanding Our Horizons

In 1965, in Japan my learning journey was greatly accelerated.  I began discovering more about various customs, worldviews and cultural value systems.  It was a season of discovering how much I didn’t know, and the fact that the rest of the world is very di...

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Humility and different gifts in the body of Christ

I am privileged to meet many humble indigenous men and women of peace from communities all over the world. They follow our Lord Jesus Christ, seeking to reflect His image in everything they do. They are “not easily offended” although many of them have gone ...

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The Return of Oral Hermeneutics

Have Western exegetes turned an Eastern book into a Western one? Does God require all people to be able to analyze grammar to interpret Scripture? Does God assume all people can interpret Scripture through oral means?

How the Church Has Responded to Similar Crises in the Past

As we try to find our way during this time of crisis, I think it is instructive to look back at how the Church has responded to similar crises in the past. We keep hearing the word “unprecedented” in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing. But we ...

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A Life Changed While Recording the Gikuyu Audio Bible

Davar is recording the Gikuyu Old Testament at the Trans World Radio studio in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with the Bible Society of Kenya. We were at the studio in late 2019 during a recording session and met David, one of the voices of the Gikuyu audi...

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Isolated Together

Millions of children are now in self isolation in their homes in Turkey, and so are most of the SAT-7 TÜRK staff. Determined to joyfully share a message of encouragement, hope, and love to its young viewers, we are broadcasting its children’s program from a...

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Times of Crises can Foster Unity and Mobilize the Body of Christ

From reports, we are hearing from around the world, God’s people are putting aside minor or secondary differences for the greater purposes of God. This is nothing new, and hopefully can be used for greater impact in advancing the Kingdom of God.  When crise...

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SAT-7 Shares Church Messages as One Body During Pandemic

Through its non-denominational approach, SAT-7 is providing viewers spiritual messages from churches to unite believers in Christ. Since the first week of the coronavirus crisis, videos from churches in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Jordan continue to po...

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Lessons from the Original Jesus Movement

Consider how the Gospel spread throughout the entire populated world in the First Century, before the invention of the radio, television, the internet, or the printing press.  Think about how God preserved the accuracy of His message in predominantly Oral C...

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Finding Shelter in the Shadow of His wings

Interesting fact about the Word of God: it is approximately 15% poetry. Poetry of the Bible provides much comfort and peace in all types of crisis whether illness, neglect, dominance, injustice, or even a global outbreak of a pandemic virus.

Creative Access COVID-19 Style

COVID-19. It has changed all of our lives in a matter of days. I’ve wrestled with what following Jesus looks like in this unique time. We are called to be the light of the world set on a hill, not hiding under a basket (or behind our doors). How do we do t...

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The Storms of Life

We all encounter the storms of life;  difficulties, problems and crisis situations.  Who do you go to during those storms of life?  How do you respond in the bad times?  These are important questions and reveal a lot about our relationship with and walk wit...

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3 Things to Pray During Ramadan

This year, Ramadan begins on April 23rd and ends on May 23rd. It is the ninth, and also considered holiest, month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that the Qur’an was first revealed to Muhammad during this month.

Hannah’s Vision

I first started to think about filming the Gospels when my church installed a screen and I wanted to be able to show Bible footage to my Sunday School members: children who were from very diverse ethnic backgrounds. I could only find films for children depi...

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Missionary died thinking he was a failure

In 1912, medical missionary Dr. William Leslie went to live and minister to tribal people in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 17 years he returned to the U.S. a discouraged man – believing he failed to make an impact for Christ...

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Living Water – for the Body and the Soul

A few years ago I visited a region in East Africa where the people had experienced a severe drought for several years; most of the water wells in that region were dry. I was told that 30,000 people were getting water from that one well, and in addition to t...

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Gospel Films

This is the story of Jesus. This is the story of hope for mankind. This is the greatest story ever told. Gospel Films are a ground-breaking, multi-language biblical resource that will transform the way people around the world discover, study, and engage wit...

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A Heart Warmed

Spring comes late to Nanai country in the Russian Far East. Ice on the nearby Amur River can be three feet thick after a winter where temperatures plummet to 40 degrees below zero. Yet life thrives here. Ice fishermen find success even on the coldest days.

Flourishing, Growing, and Bearing Fruit

In 1975 Pat Zondervan delivered an eight point message about the characteristics of the Palm Tree, from Psalms 92:12-14.  He compared the Palm Tree to the believer’s life in Christ. One of the points he made was how the fruit of the Palm Tree is sweeter wit...

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A Deep Thirst for Hope in Syria

Since the Arab Spring of 2011, Syria continues to be torn by war until today. Debilitated infrastructure, lack of security, inflation, armed conflicts and continuous displacement of people, mark daily life in Syria. Mina Awny, Presenter of Family of Jesus o...

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Embracing the Great Commission

None of us can begin to know what tomorrow holds, let alone this new year. And yet, with all the changes we face, whether personally, relationally, politically, or globally, there are unchanging truths that we as believers in Jesus can hold on to with great...

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Sowing and Reaping, and the Law of Averages

I first learned about the Law of Averages selling books door-to-door for several summers during my college years.  I found that if I gave my sales talk about 30 times a day, that on average, I could expect to make 3 or 4 sales, sometimes more.  It was hard ...

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Women of Hope Audio Helps Families Communicate

As her children grew increasingly rebellious and resentful, Nofoto knew the fabric of her family was being ripped apart. But this South African mother realized that the problem rested with her and not her kids. And that the solution required dramatic change...

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Grudges Only God Can Heal

Emily trudged down a hallway packed with women. Passing two mothers with young children, she wondered if her own children would have been better off if they’d been born on the inside.

Delivering the Word of God to the Maasai

In partnership with the Bible Society of Kenya and Kivah, Davar delivered solar devices loaded with Davar's audio bible recording to the the Maasai in their home language. This is the first time many will have the opportunity to experience the fullness of s...

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Communicating Truth — By All Means

We all have influence on other people, whether we realize it or not.  We are all influenced by others, in more ways than we might be aware of.  Many of the influences in our lives are out of our control. However, we certainly can control many of them by our...

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Moving Mountains

I would have died of trauma. Or if not that, I would have divorced my husband and continued living in sins. My depression was deep… but then the Spirit of God touched me during the listening program.

The Stewardship of Influence

We all have influence on other people, whether we realize it or not.  We are all influenced by others, in more ways than we might be aware of.  Many of the influences in our lives are out of our control. However, we certainly can control many of them by our...

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Oral Learning People Groups in the US: Refugees and Immigrants

Did you know that it is estimated that there are about 350 unreached people groups (UPGs) living in the United States? The majority of UPGs learn and pass on their history, heritage, faith and culture through oral communication. “We must welcome the unreach...

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Zealous for the things that matter

“I was trained by David Watson,” my friend said over lunch. “My mentor in Disciple Making Movements was so and so,” I replied. A bit later I added, “I also learned under Ying and Grace Kai.” George Patterson was another person whose name came to my mind. Wa...

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Breaking Through Despair to Deliver Hope

Though surrounded by her four children, Chantou sat discouraged in her Cambodia village, feeling alone. Her husband had abandoned her and their family, and she couldn’t shake the spirit of despair hovering over her.

The Many Benefits and Applications of Orality Training

It is amazing, and sometimes surprising, how many people are receptive to discussing what it means to have a relationship with the Lord and become a follower of Jesus. So many people today seem to be resistant to institutional religion, even institutionaliz...

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Rising Demand for Davar Audio Recordings on YouVersion

Davar audio recordings are being accessed on YouVersion, with over 9.5 million chapter requests in 2019! The Indonesian full Bible has had 8 million requests and our Mongolian full Bible nearly 1 million. What does steady growth mean?

The Role of Orality for Disciple Making

It would be a valuable exercise to consider what is meant by Disciple Making and Church. There is a growing awareness with many now for the need to focus more on disciple making, rather than church planting and church growth, although in many cases we’re ta...

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A Lifetime Experience

I love broadcasting and I love working with SAT-7 because of my background in media. I have two degrees in broadcasting and started my career on a gourmet cooking show with Julia Child. When I started a family, I began to volunteer in the media ministry of ...

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The Power of Community and Missional Living

When followers of Jesus grasp the significance of being on mission with God, it can become a delight to share His life changing message with others.  It’s also a great joy to be a part of a community where there is a tangible demonstration of love and unity...

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When You Are Not Enough

Following Jesus and making disciples of all nations is a privilege. And yet while seasons of sweetness, victory and answered prayer are a very real experience for those living on mission and pursuing Jesus wholeheartedly, they’re also not the whole story.

From Many Gods to the God Who Sustains

I was born into a non-Christian family and used to worship many gods and goddesses. I used to follow all the rituals and fast for various gods. Performing so many rituals religiously didn’t make me or anyone else in my family happy.

The Primacy of Partnership

We are in an incredible season—a season of unprecedented unity in which organizations around the world are serving each other at great cost to themselves for the sake of the Kingdom.

The Place of Orality in the Great Commission

What is the Great Commission anyway?  A recent study showed that a large percentage of church goers in North America did not know.  A very simple summary of the Great Commission could be “communicating the Gospel to everyone” and “making disciples (follower...

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The Way of the Cross

Over the past few days, I read a book by Elisabeth Elliot. She was a linguist among unreached peoples in Ecuador, serving alongside her husband, Jim Elliot, to make Christ known where He was not yet known. 

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