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Save the date! 2021 ION North America Regional Conference

September 16 – 18, 2021 in Houston, TX The 2021 ION North America Regional Conference will be a unique, hands-on experience, and it is open to all people interested in sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Join an amazing global orality community o...

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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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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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A New Day in India

We now face the most difficult days in the recent history of India.  Our president is bound to establish our country as a Hindu nation following the demands of Muslim and Buddhist countries all around him.  Yet these are possibly the best days the church of...

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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.

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...

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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ION North America Region Conference 2021

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

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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