- Pray for the Orality Institute Bike ride on September 30th and the Grand Canyon Hike on October 21st.
- Pray for the victims of the violence against Christians in Pakistan. 36 churches burnt, 180 homes, over 300 families displaced.
- Praise the Lord for our six eager Ugandan missionaries who returned from S. Sudan, Malawi. Mama Nissi continues her visit to England and is trying to start a class there.
- Pray for the provision for the opportunities that we have been working with in northern India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Zambia.
- Praise the Lord for our initial online trainings that appear to be going well.
- Praise the Lord for the six videos that have been created and sent to our country leaders.
- Pray for Nigeria as it deals with an economic crash and extremely difficult situations.
- Praise the Lord for our stable finances these past six months.
“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.”
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
Understanding what is happening is the first step to action and we want you to know what is going on in the Orality Institute because this ministry continues to expand all over the world. The people are finding this oral strategy of instruction to be an easy and practical tool for their students. They can quickly learn how to use it to teach others. Those who have been taught become teachers, the disciples are making more disciples.
In this one year:
- There were 6 graduations in Uganda
- Two training sessions in Malawi with five different ministries
- Training of 65 missiology students in Ethiopia
- An introduction to orality in South Sudan, they started two classes
- Pakistan has a master trainer class and 15 regular classes
- Online training for Northern India with a plan to reach the unreached
- Completion of two years of study in the Dominican Republic
- Interest in training in Nigeria, Zambia, and in England
- Bible students from the Baja of Mexico did oral teaching in Oaxaca
Our Ugandan instructors have traveled to four countries bringing God’s Word to people who are excited to learn and begin their own classes. Pastor Kevin has been coaching a group from Pakistan and a student from Northern India using Zoom. We now have the first book translated into Urdu and a plan to get it translated into Hindi. Pastor Andrew Olson is coordinating the translation of the Romans curriculum into Lusoga.
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11-12
We are sincerely grateful for your support over these past five years of ministry. It is humbling to consider the full expanse of what the Lord has been doing through this one organization. To consider that He has been moving mountains, opening doors, and providing people that share the desire to see God’s Word brought to new places.
The Lord moves each of us in different ways and at different times. He enables some to teach in various countries, others to support monthly, others annually, and some are the prayer support that keeps this ministry running. Our prayer is that you would be blessed as you participate in the way that Lord supplies you and that you would be encouraged as you hear the reports from all our ministry partners.
If the Lord is prompting you to financially support this ministry, you can give by check to the address below or online at the Orality Institute website, www.oralityinstitute.org. If He is prompting you to pray, please use this as a prayer reminder for yourself and your church. If He is prompting you to teach, we would love to talk further with you. We are a simple organization with a simple mission from 2 Timothy 2:2 which says, “Entrust to reliable men who will be qualified to teach others.” By God’s grace, that is happening. Leaders are growing in biblical training, and it is changing lives around the world. God’s commission is also that simple, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12
The Orality Institute has begun working in several new countries where the people have faced persecution for their Christian faith. In three of those countries the leaders have said, “We are ready to preach the gospel until our last breath.” That statement is becoming a reality.
On August 3-4, our first oral training was held in Pakistan. There were 15 master trainers who studied four stories so that they could teach their 150 students throughout the month of August.
On August 16th, several angry Muslim mobs began burning Christian churches, homes, and displacing families because of a suspected desecration of one Quran. At this time, 36 churches have been burned, 180 homes burned to the ground, and 300 families have been displaced. 145 Muslims have been arrested, but great damage has been done.
The Orality Institute will be sending a financial gift to our trusted leader in Pakistan. Their need is great and urgent. Prayerfully consider supporting these persecuted brothers and sisters, through the Orality Institute with the designation “Pakistan Relief”.
Jesus said, “‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
Umukoro Gideon is a Pastor and spiritual leader in Nigeria. He wants to introduce the Orality Institute to his country because it is an easy way for the rural people to understand the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus.
During a Zoom call this spring, Gideon stated that the day before our call, 64 people had been buried because of attacks against the Christians. The Boko Haram and the Fulani tribesmen have moved south into central Nigeria with their attacks against Christians.
On July 2nd, Gideon needed encouragement because the country was falling into a financial collapse, petroleum had doubled and tripled in cost, and those who were able evacuated the country. He said, I cannot leave because I am their spiritual leader and the people look to me and my faith in God.
We are working with a leader in north central India who knows the danger of sharing the gospel among the Hindu communities. Yet he and his friends are ready to go to remote areas trained with an oral strategy to share the hope that Jesus gives.
Our Ugandan team just returned from South Sudan. Among their students were those who had fought in the war and now want to become teachers of God’s Word. They had a deep hunger for truth of what Jesus had done for them and the hope the gospel offered. Our world can be a hostile place to share Jesus, yet we have been given the light of the world to shine into every corner. Let’s stand together with our brothers and sisters as they shine in dark places.