- Jores as they prepare for furlough
- Raans with vehicle challenges
- Bergers and ministry in remote Karenga
- Michael Rokenbrodt in preparation for summer camp in the US
- The printing of the curriculum in Telugu
Oral Story – March 2017
The first trip of the Orality Institute was back to where it all began, in Uganda. Nine years ago the first class was started. Now the training has multiplied into 32 classes.
Every graduation is a chance to hear the testimonies of changed lives. Every gathering is an experience in energetic worship. The love for God’s Word is evident through their dedication to memorizing 84 stories and 2200 verses from the Bible. This trip included two graduations from four classes for a total of 17 students. Next year’s graduation is projected to be 20 classes.
The ministry feels like a moving train with four missionary engines fueling the momentum. The Jores, Bergers, Ranns and Michael Rokenbrodt are all building the kingdom as long-term missionaries. Short-term missionary Rebecca Elhert will be replaced by Ben Smith and Emily Olson.
Wayne Floan and Paul Kneeland experienced Africa for the first time. They were impacted deeply by the relational African culture. If you have a chance to talk to them, their experience in Uganda will overflow.
The Ugandan Ministry Team is focusing on making disciples that understand their work and could step in and take over in their absence. With the training locations spreading out the need for leaders who oversee leaders is essential.
The leadership team chose these verses from 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 as their ministry scriptures. They are good verses for all of us to consider regarding our role in God’s kingdom. “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things– and the things that are not– to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
Pastor Kevin Olson
The Oral Story – February 2017
Well, the International Orality Institute is up and running. It is a simple beginning, but God uses small things for big purposes.
January was a transitional month to get this ministry organized. The following is a list of the progress:
It is good to be registered as an official business, with a logo, a bank account, and a website soon.
It is great to have the first trip for IOI going to Uganda where this ministry began. Wayne Floan, Paul Kneeland, and I will be traveling together on this trip. There will be two graduations and a good deal of planning for the future.
In the next two months, the transition board will be choosing official board members, establishing a web site, and making plans for future trips. Possible trips include: Cuba, Baja of Mexico, and India. I am hoping to take others with on each trip so that the vision for this ministry can spread. Let me know if you have an interest in serving on the board or helping this ministry get started. There is an immeadiate need for a website designer and a treasurer.
Many thanks to those who have transfered their support from the Ambassador Institute into Orality Institute. Your support has been an encouragement to continue this ministry of bringing God’s Word to the world.
Pastor Kevin Olson
This is the first news of a new ministry called the International Orality Institute.
This ministry will be a continuation of the oral training that I was doing through the Ambassador Institute. The AFLC World Mission Committee encouraged me to begin a new organization and this is that beginning. This ministry will be starting out of the basement of our home, but the Lord can do great things with small beginnings.
It will take some time to get this ministry off the ground. Over the next month or two I will be creating artwork, launching a website, creating a donation path, and applying for non-profit status through the IRS. Dr. Phil Haugen, Pastor Tim Hinrichs, and Pastor Matthew Ballman have agreed to continue their roles from the Ambassador Institute Board and act as the transitionary board for this new organization.
Please prayerfully consider supporting the International Orality Institute as we train international leaders in God’s Word. Checks made out to International Orality Institute may take a little time to clear while the non-profit is established. Checks made out to Kevin Olson will be cleared immediately.
Pastor Kevin Olson
Ambassador Inquiry- December 2017
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Elisha is a simple man and does not get much credit or recognition for his life of ministry. He is the main driver for the ministry in India. He is given full responsibility for the ministry vehicle. He keeps the vehicle in good running order and transports people for hours and hours over Indian roads in the midst of Indian traffic. The traffic includes: trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, animals, ox carts, and pedestrians in addition to maneuvering the road itself.
Two years ago, Elisha and Mercy had their marriage arranged. It was a difficult adjustment for both of them to go from single and unaware of each other one month and married the next. Mercy became pregnant soon after their marriage and they had their first child ten months later.
Elisha is a servant for Jesus, a good father, and a safe driver. He makes the Ambassador Institute training events possible. He waits patiently for the class to be completed and then he faithfully delivers his guests safely home.
The November India trip’s focus will be on a graduation for two classes, the printing of the books, the board meetings, introducing the Romans curriculum, and possible new classes.
Pray that we can meet our budget for the year.