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Characteristics of “Healthy” Oral Bible House Churches

As the leader of SIU, I often am asked what I consider a success in terms of new church plants. What is a “healthy” oral Bible house church? It's most important to seek out those who live, breathe and participate in these oral Bible house churches in the fi...

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The Place of Orality in the Marketplace

Many of those who are new to the Orality domain are still thinking about a foreign mission strategy.  However, the concepts, principles and practices of Orality are beginning to be recognized as important in many other areas, including the marketplace and t...

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Orality Research Primer

Walking the intersection of science and faith Prepared by Adriana Donaldson, Charles Madinger, Nicholas Nickl, and Emily Pohl   A Primer for Research in Orality Go ye therefore, and teach all nations Matthew 28:19, KJV Congratulations for having gotten...

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Toronto 2019 Resources

Sign-Up Connect with us here to receive the International Orality Network monthly e-newsletter and other updates.    2019 Toronto Conference Resources Main Session Recordings: uploads pending—check back soon! Thursday Friday Saturday   Other Res...

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If Only God Spoke My Language – Introducing Render

Imagine this: You’re sitting on a worn, wooden bench—or even the floor—of a tiny church in a rural community. Maybe you walked hours just to be here, carrying the weight of the troubles from this past week into this place of rest. Your feet hurt, your lips ...

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Prayer, the Word, and the Great Commission

Prayer leaders and mobilizers are saying that there are more people praying for revival and spiritual awakening now than ever before.  The Prayer Movement, over the past four decades, has gained momentum with a focus on World Evangelization.  Researchers te...

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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.

What’s the best story you’ve ever heard?

Our lives are full of stories, big and small: thrillers, romances, adventure, tragedy and the stories of everyday, seemingly mundane, life. We’ve had stories read to us as children, we’ve shared stories with others, we’ve watched stories unfold in front of ...

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Integrating the Traditional Oral Arts

The drama ended with song and dance in celebration of God’s miracle.  The first time we saw this story from 2 Kings performed among the Banjara tribe of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, we were delighted. This narrative had suddenly become unforgettable, f...

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Growing orality trends impact how we share the Gospel

Instagram and Facebook are expanding their TV platforms. Podcasts are growing in popularity. More and more, people are ditching written text in favor of audio and visual communication. These modern developments are not only shifting how society shares infor...

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What is Bible storying?

Probably every people group in history has used stories to record important events, pass on their beliefs, teach correct behaviour or reflect their world view. Much of the Bible itself was transmitted orally for centuries before it was first written down.

Why the Community Caste Focus is Needed

Let us start with how people perceive themselves. There is too much of classifying people by who we think they are, rather than who they perceive themselves to be. That is arrogance on our part, not a respect of people as people who are living as members of...

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Animating the Bible for Children

In an effort to engage Persian-speaking children with stories about Jesus, the creative team at SAT-7 Persia are producing a new animated Bible series. These unique animations depicting the life of Christ are bound to draw the attention of children and adul...

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The Trimtab Factor and Church Multiplication

Trimtab was an entirely new term to me until a friend of mine explained it to me several years ago.  Every aircraft and ocean going vessel has a rudder that guides and directs the airplane or ship.  On the tip of the rudder is a smaller rudder, known as a t...

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One Great Tool to Explain the Gospel in Real Life

Missionaries working in countries where there is no printed gospel available in the heart language of the people use a method called storying to present the gospel message. Story sets help create bridges and address barriers to the gospel.

The Kindness Factor and Kingdom Impact

The gentleman was a little surprised as I smiled and greeted him as we crossed paths through a revolving door at a major convention hotel.  So surprised in fact, that he immediately turned around and followed me back into the lobby of the hotel and asked, “...

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Hearing the Truth at Last

Imagine this: You’re sitting on a worn, wooden bench of a tiny church in a rural community. The pastor speaks, and your ears tune in to hear a life… but there is a disconnect. Confused, you begin scanning the pages of your precious Bible; but to your dismay...

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The Tree of Life and Worship!

We recently sent a team to South Asia to teach about using the arts to reach out to communities. Participants from a previous workshop worked together with the American team to facilitate this year’s training. The group stayed in a beautiful area full of ru...

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The Trust Factor and the Good News

When you hear news reports, or when someone tells you something, how do you know if it’s true or not?  How much confidence can you have in the source of information you receive every day?  These are pretty important questions, and in some cases, could be a ...

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Lazarus

Lazarous, a missionary with OM Zambia partnering with Davar Partners, describes his vision for using Audio Bibles and storytelling to minister to the people in Makululu.

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