Prayer and Praise December 2022

  • Praise the Lord for the great response to the training in Malawi and Ethiopia.
  • Praise the Lord for the number of lessons that the Ugandan missionaries were able to cover.
  • Praise the Lord for carrying the teams through the intense spiritual warfare:
    • Bishop’s nephew’s death
    • Pam’s mom’s death
    • Four visits to the hospital
    • The pilot’s strike
    • money transfer problems
    • delay in printing
    • lost luggage
    • illness
  • Pray for our monthly support. Our monthly budget is $8000 and we currently receive $5000 monthly.
  • Praise the Lord for the ongoing reports from the students in Malawi and Ethiopia.
  • Pray for the ongoing future ministry in both countries.
Oral Story December 2022

Oral Story December 2022

The Battle

“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:12-13

The battle for the hearts of people is real and it is intense. We have faced serious battles this past month in our outreach to Malawi and Ethiopia. The challenges we have faced include: two deaths of family members, Bishop’s nephew, and Pam’s mom; four visits to the hospital; a pilot’s strike; money transfer problems; delay in printing; lost luggage; and illness. All of these are normal challenges of life, but when they all come at the same time, it is obvious that the battle is against spiritual forces in the heavenlies. I am grateful that our call is to stand firm using the armor of God. Jesus is the one that fights these unseen battles.

Facing intense assault can be overwhelming and discouraging, but Paul experienced those same attacks, and he reminds us that our battle is ultimately with spiritual forces not physical ones. He reminds us that we are not alone in the battle. I am grateful that Jesus is interceding on our behalf and that we stand together with all of you as ministry partners. Finances are another area of struggle, dependence, and answered prayer. Support-based missions is a place where the ministry is forced to depend on the Lord for its daily supply and it is a place where Jesus continues to show us His faithfulness. I marvel at the ministry expansion from just this past year in Malawi and Ethiopia. We have partnered with four ministries in Malawi to cover much of the two-year curriculum. Ethiopia has received the introduction to the Orality Strategy of education. Pray for IOI as we consider what the Lord has planned for us in 2023.

The Victory

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… Pray that I may declare it fearlessly.” Ephesians 6:19-20

Paul desired that he would be faithful to proclaim the gospel and do it fearlessly. Success in missions needs to be measured from that same heavenly perspective.

This month we have been faithful to proclaim the gospel in both Malawi and Ethiopia. The Tabor Evangelical College, in Hawassa, Ethiopia has 100 students enrolled in their missiology program. They were excited to learn how to share the gospel using an oral strategy. This is the third Bible college that we have introduced to this oral method of education and each one of them intends to use the training in different ways.

In Malawi, we held separate trainings in the north, the center, and in the south. There were 65 people who attended the 28 lessons presented by our Ugandan missionaries. They proclaimed the Word of God fearlessly and lives were touched. Beyond hearing the Word, those 65 people now have 28 more stories from scripture that they can use to boldly proclaim with this simple oral communication tool.   We marvel at the testimonies of the students because it is obvious that the Lord has been at work. They tell us that they will be using this method personally, with their families, their churches, and for evangelism. They recognize that this has brought the Bible alive as they communicate with their voice, body, and images. The Bible becomes engaging and now they can recall those stories from their heart, which means that they have a training for all levels of people, educated and uneducated alike.

Prayer and Praise November 2022

  • Praise the Lord for the great response for the three awareness/fundraisers from this fall. We were able to exceed our trip expenses. The fundraising support was $25,500, so we have purchased tickets and printed the books.
  • Pray for our monthly support. Our monthly budget is $8000 and we currently receive $5000 monthly.
  • Pray for our Ugandan missionaries in Malawi from November 1st – 28th.
  • Pray for the Ethiopia training from November 21st – December 4th.
  • Praise the Lord for the ongoing reports of classes having a good effect in Malawi.
  • Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will bring in a great bounty for both trips.
Oral Story November 2022

Oral Story November 2022

Beyond the Schedule

“Men from Cyprus and Cyrene, … began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:20-21

This account of Africans spreading the gospel to the Greeks is a unique story from Acts and it is likely the largest revival recorded in the Bible. These un-named believers who spread the Word of God created a bridge from the exclusive Jewish community to the untrained Gentile community.

During the month of November, this recorded experience is happening again. The four teachers from Uganda are teaching great numbers of people and telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. We pray for the Lord’s hand to be with them as they share the oral stories of God’s Word.

The Malawi schedule will look like this:

     Missionaries Mufumbiro and Bagatya

          North Region – October 31 – November 4

          Central Region – November 5 – 11

          South Region – November 12 – 18

     Missionary Musasizi and Kinene

          North Region – November 5 – 11

          Central Region – November 12 – 18

          South Region – November 19 – 25

The Ethiopia schedule will look like this:

     Leaving Uganda and the U.S. – November 20

     Training at the Tabora Seminary – November 23-25

     Leaving Ethiopia – November 28      Kevin returns to the U.S. – December 4

Behind the Details

“The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.” Mark 14:16

What is on the list of things to do for Orality Institute in order for the training to go smoothly?

There is scheduling, financing, and communication. Here are some of the details from the last month for Dr. Kevin Olson and Pastor Paul Kneeland for the Orality Institute.

* Complete the 3rd fundraising event of the year with the 3rd Grand Canyon Orality Institute Awareness Hike

* Communicate the finances with the Orality Institute Board

* Get final approval for travel to Malawi and Ethiopia

* Order the printing of the second book of curriculum in Malawi

* Send money for the translation and printing of that second book

* Purchase 3 smartphones to communicate with our teachers in Malawi

* Send money for food expense for the families left behind in Uganda

* Receive the last of the 3 passports from Kampala in order to travel

* Purchase the airfare for the first two missionaries and their schedule

* Purchase tickets for the second two missionaries and their schedule

* Communicate with those in Malawi the pick-up and drop off dates for teachers as the travel to the north, central, and southern regions

* Send Money for the transportation to each of those locations

* Order tickets from the US to Ethiopia

* Order tickets from Uganda to Ethiopia

* Invite the South Sudan seminary president to the training in Ethiopia

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support! The mechanics of this multi-national East African expanded ministry can be overwhelming. God is at work and there is a spiritual harvest to reap!

Prayer and Praise October 2022

  • Praise the Lord for the response to the first two Orality Institute awareness/fundraisers. The 50-mile bike on September 10th, and the UP Michigan motorcycle trip September 17-21. The Grand Canyon Hike is still coming on October 15th.
  • Praise the Lord for His provision toward our goal of $17,000 for the upcoming trips and printing. Pray for our monthly support that is currently at $5000 and our monthly expenses are at $8000.
  • Praise the Lord for the ongoing reports of classes having a good effect in Malawi.
  • Pray for the upcoming trip of our four Ugandan teachers headed to Malawi for further training.
  • Praise the Lord that the 2nd book is translated into Chichewa for Malawi and that the money has been raised to publish it.
  • Pray for the upcoming trip to Ethiopia over Thanksgiving.