Day 1: A late departure (3:30pm) means time to pack and spend with Jim before I go. This seems like a luxury; I am usually packing my bags past midnight and leaving for the airport before 5a.m. Which makes for a very bleary good bye. However, I miscalculated the loading time and end up being the last person to board!
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In 2011, Hope Universal invited an LT team to Sierra Leone, Africa to teach oral inductive Bible study methods at their Bible school campuses. While visiting, our team also assessed how LT might assist the local church there.
Nikolai (MAF wife serving in PNG) has been USING Bible Storytelling & Discussion since she took the very first workshop five years ago. She did not attend the PNG workshop. She lives "way out" on an MAF base, and finds herself a resource for pastors there ALL THE TIME. I am so excited to see that now that she has the manual from the Oral Strategies Workshop, she is confident to teach others. PTL!!
Twenty-five people learned to creatively tell Bible stories at the MAF storytelling workshop held in Boise last week. Most of the participants were from the local area, though two came from China and one from Niger! Regina Manley, workshop director and oral communication specialist, shared, "The Holy Spirit's working is so evident in this workshop.
In an oral strategies video our team has been working on, Regina describes a piece of candy to her friend Laura. When Jim comes into the picture, Laura has not yet tried the candy. She attempts to tell him what she heard from Regina but she struggles to remember and repeat what she was told. Then she takes a bite of the candy. It’s like the lights come on! Now she gets its! Now that she’s tried it and experienced it for herself, she easily expresses—in her own words—how good the candy is.