Prayer and Praise July 2024

  • Praise the Lord for the home Nate and Rhoda were able to purchase. Pray for them as they are in Uganda to close up details.
  • Praise the Lord for the good Orality Staff retreat we had and the many organizational topics we could address.
  • Praise the Lord for the congregations that are looking for training.
  • Praise the Lord for the training in Pakistan with 15 master instructors, 15 classes, and 141 students. Pray for them as Pakistan continues to persecute Christians.
  • Praise the Lord for the good Bible Camp in the Pacific Northwest.
  • We pray that the structure we are establishing for the Ugandan missionaries will be helpful and well received.
  • Pray for discernment as we try to navigate requests for doing ministry in multiple countries. We are currently working in 12 countries with invitations to assist 3 more.
  • Praise the Lord for Victor, who has a desire to see oral training reach his home area of Bunia, DR Congo. Pray for the finances for him to receive training.
  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for those have lost family members in both Israel and in Gaza. There is a great need to know the hope and peace that Jesus offers.
Oral Story July 2024

Oral Story July 2024

Come and See

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23

These past months, new opportunities have been coming to us from churches in the U.S.. Some of those opportunities have been in the state of Washington.

This past month included online meetings with the youth group at Atonement Free Lutheran in Arlington, an introduction for Elim Lutheran in Lake Stevens, and several messages at the Pacific Northwest Bible Camp.

The theme of the camp was, Come and See. The goal was that we would see Jesus as well as share Jesus. The oral style of teaching allows all ages to participate in the discussion, so it works well in a family camp setting. The evening messages covered four different people who encountered Jesus. The lame begger in Acts 3 was surrounded by the religious community. The Samaritian woman in John 4 was an outcast. The Ethiopian eunich in Acts 8 was from another country. The Philippian jailer, in Acts 16 was against the faith. All four of them saw Jesus in a new and personal way.

Several people responded with the following comments. I was surprised to see myself in every story. I had not considered that my struggles enable me to reach out to others. It is amazing to see all ages interacting together with the same story and learning from one another. I enjoy seeing how God put every word in scripture for a purpose. It was a helpful reminder that we can see Jesus in all of scripture. Come and See is a motto that fits with the oral strategy of engaging scripture, because when the stories are acted out, those who are participating literally enter into the narratives and see themselves in those recorded in the Bible. The first person to see a benefit from learning how to share oral stories is the student themselves. The scripture becomes deeply personalized as they understand how they themselves are similar to those in scripture.

Hike and Bike

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1 Corinthians 9:27-28

It is true that Paul loves the Grand Canyon and Kevin loves biking, but their enthusiasm for the Hike and Bike is more than exercise or some earthly prize. The real goal is the imperishable value of bringing God’s Word to the world. The Orality Institute’s Hike and Bike has helped raise the awareness of this ministry, the people we are training, and the support we have raised.

This year, the ride will be taking place on September 21st. This is an good way to support the ministry and have a fun, organized, easy Saturday morning bike ride. We will be riding roughly 30 miles this year to gain riders who want to participate but are not ready for the 50-100 mile commitment. Contact Kevin Olson for more information. Text him at 952-412-1366 or email him at kevino@oralityinstitute.org.

This year’s hike will be happening on October 12th. Paul will be leading the group down the South Kaibab trail of the canyon to the Colorado river and then back up the Bright Angel trail. The hikers will stay overnight near the trail head on both the 11th and the 12th. Hiking the Grand Canyon is a serious 17 mile hike and a 1 mile vertical elevation. If you are curious about this hike contact Paul Kneeland at paulk@oralityinstitute.org or text him at 520-334-8612. This year we are taking a big step by adding Nate Jore to our ministry team. He will be coming alongside churches that are requesting training as well as leading some of the international training that he has been a part of for these last 17 years. We want to continue ministry in all our current 12 countries as well as add Nate to the ministry team. It is a big step of faith to expand the ministry and add staff, but both are important when we see the waves of opportunity coming to us.

Prayer and Praise June 2024

  • Praise the Lord for the home Nate and Rhoda were able to purchase. Pray for them as they return to Uganda in July to close up details.
  • Praise the Lord for the good Orality Staff retreat we had and the many organizational topics we could address.
  • Praise the Lord for the congregations that are looking for training.
  • Praise the Lord for the training in Pakistan with 15 master instructors, 15 classes, and 141 students. Pray for them as Pakistan continues to persecute Christians.
  • Pray for the Annual Conference of the AFLC and the Bible Camp in the Pacific Northwest.
  • We pray that the structure we are establishing for the Ugandan missionaries will be helpful and well received.
  • Pray for discernment as we try to navigate requests for doing ministry in multiple countries. We are currently working in 12 countries with invitations to assist 3 more.
  • Praise the Lord for Victor, who has a desire to see oral training reach his home area of Bunia, DR Congo. Pray for the finances for him to receive training.
  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for those have lost family members in both Israel and in Gaza. There is a great need to know the hope and peace that Jesus offers.
Oral Story June 2024

Oral Story June 2024

Equipping Disciples

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40

Equipping Disciples,

One Story At A Time is our new motto. It describes in simple terms what the Orality Institute is doing. Regardless of the language, or culture, or educational background, our purpose is to equip disciples of Jesus.

People have wondered, what is this training all about, who it is for, and what makes it unique? To answer simply, it is all about equipping disciples with a tool they can use to easily share God’s Word. It is a tool that works with anyone, anywhere who is open to the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. It is a unique tool because through memorizing the scripture, the people of the Bible become alive and relatable to our own lives.

Orality has often been mistaken as a training primarily for the illiterate and uneducated, meaning that it would work better in other countries than it would in the United States or other western societies. Learning, meditating, and personalizing God’s Word works in every culture when students allow the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word to their lives. Distractions and busy schedules can get in the way of the meditation and personalization needed for scripture to work in us and humble us. The leaders from Our Savior’s in Zumbrota, MN are walking through a training process using the oral stories. They have found that they have been able to share these stories with people at the café, in health crises, on the playground, with their family, and when caring for someone. However, the greatest impact is on the leaders themselves as they allow the Word of God to penetrate their hearts and the Holy Spirit applies it to their own lives. Oral training will also be a part of the Pacific Northwest Summer Bible Camp this June. Join the movement as we equip disciples, one story at a time.

Open Doors

Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear. Colossians 4:3-4

Requests for training continue to come from many new places both internationally and within the United States. This past month, we were asked to participate in a trip to Kenya, to assist a school that trains leaders in several countries, and to work with several U.S. churches. A clear purpose is critical to discern when and where and how to help.

The Orality Institute’s role is always to come alongside existing ministries that request assistance to train their people. Training leaders and equipping disciples is essential for this ministry to multiply because the newly trained leaders quickly become the trainers of their own ministry.

This training is international in the same way that God’s Word is international. God’s Word is intended for every nation, every culture, and every language regardless of education, age, gender, or social status. It is equally important for rural, urban, and suburban settings.

The Orality Institute helps ministries on four different levels. The first level is the oral strategy. It is a unique technique and looks significantly different than a traditional lecture or classroom instruction. The goal is for God’s Word to become living and active in the mind and the heart of all the participants. The second level is training. Participation requires commitment and study; it means taking time to learn the story and personalize it. There are four years of curriculum that can be used as a guide. The third level is support. The Orality Institute commits to stand alongside those who begin this process until it is complete. Internationally, that often means graduations. The fourth level is organization. As classes progress and new classes begin, we are committed to assisting ministries as they consider how to multiply and expand beyond the first level of training.