Prayer and Praise July 2022

  • Praise the Lord for Paul Kneeland join Orality Institute full-time in August.
  • Praise the Lord for Nathan Monseth joining the Orality Institute Board.
  • Praise the Lord for the successful training in Malawi during April and May.
  • Pray that we would be able to send four Ugandan’s to Malawi for further training.
  • Praise the Lord that the 2nd book is translated into Chichewa for Malawi.
  • Pray for those in Ukraine and for a peaceful resolution.
  • Pray for the finances to continue growing this ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming future trips this year including the trip to Ethiopia.
Oral Story July 2022

Oral Story July 2022

The Way Forward

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you … men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  Acts 6:3

As the Orality Institute changes and grows, it is important that our support grows at the same time. This month the Orality Institute Board extended invitations to Paul Kneeland and Nathan Monseth.

Paul has been part-time with the Orality Institute for the past two years and will now be full-time as of August 1st. He will continue to promote the ministry of Orality Institute and encourage people to become partners with what God is doing through the ministry. This is a strategic move because we desire to continue to use the Ugandan leaders as missionaries around Africa. They can travel more easily and relate more quickly with those that they are teaching in Malawi and soon Ethiopia. The reach of the Orality Institute is expanding and bringing Paul on full-time can help meet the expansion.

At our June board meeting, Nathan Monseth was asked to join the Orality Institute board. He will be replacing Wayne Hjermstad who has served for five years. Nathan has a heart for bringing the gospel to the world through creative means. He and Julie lived in the United Arab Emirates for their first years of marriage while Nathan taught at a school there. He has served as a teacher for the Edina School District, been on multiple mission trips, and always shines the light of Christ through his life. His father, Francis Monseth, served on the predecessor Ambassador Institute board when it originated. We are excited about the ministry that will take place yet this year with continued training in Malawi through our Ugandan Ambassadors, the launch of work in Ethiopia, and the continued support of work in the Dominican Republic and the Baja of Mexico.

The Challenge Ahead

“For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints”
2 Corinthians 8:3-4

We have found that some people prefer the consistent monthly support and other people prefer supporting annually or for specific causes. Both are needed to carry out what the Lord has put before Orality Institute.

There are two areas of special focus this year. The first is sending the Ugandan partners to teach the Orality Institute curriculum in Malawi for an extended period of time. The second is introducing the Orality Institute to the Tabor Evangelical College in Hawassa, Ethiopia (a school that serves the nine southern districts of the Makena Yesus church body.) It is exciting to see these wide-open doors for ministry and challenging to consider how we can reach these goals with the limitations of our current budget.

This year we are planning three fundraising / awareness events. We are calling them the Hike and Bikes. If you are interested in participating, contact Kevin at the address below or PaulK@oralityinstitute.org.

  • Paul is leading the third annual Grand Canyon Hike on October 15th. He already has 10 that are committed to the event and eight others that are considering. These hikes have been a bonding time for those that have participated (Nathan Monseth was on that first canyon hike.)
  • Kevin is leading the second annual Bike event. This year it will be held on September 10th and will be 50 miles long.

New this year, Mark Antal will lead a motorcycle trip through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The trip will begin in Minneapolis on September 17th and travel through the picturesque landscape of the UP, stopping to visit several AFLC churches located there.

Oral Story June 2022

Oral Story June 2022

The Whole Body

“We will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.!  Ephesians 4:15-16

What does “the whole body” really mean? This refers to the whole body of which Christ is the head. We naturally think in terms that we can identify with. Christ is the head of our home, the head of our local church, or the head of our church body, but consider the whole body. The whole body of Christ has variety, color, and style with His Word at the center.

The ministry of the Orality Institute is dependent on the whole body. It depends on people from many locations and backgrounds to train their own people. It requires people from all types of situations to teach those who are also like they them. We have seen the effects of people training others from their same location or background: city classes for those who work in the city; a teacher holding a class for fellow teachers; rural farmers or housewives studying together; language specific classes, or a class at a fishing village.

People from each of those different backgrounds, locations, status, languages, and education are part of whole body. They all need to grow and build one another up so that they can become “the mature body of Him who is the head, that is Christ.” It can be a challenge for us to remember the full breadth, height, and depth of Christ’s body because we are only a narrow portion. But, if we are going to become a mature body we need each other. We need every part created by the Father, held together by the Word, and united in the Spirit.

The Clear Call

“How will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” 1 Corinthians 14:8

We as a ministry are clarifying our notes and sounding a clear battle cry because we are seeing the Lord open astonishing doors of opportunity.

The recent trip to Malawi doubled our active ministry. Previously, we had been actively working in three countries with one ministry in each. Now there are four new ministries in Malawi that plan to train their people through the Orality Institute.

In addition to those new ministries, we received an invitation to introduce the training to the nine southern districts of the Mekane Yesus Lutheran Church in Ethiopia. The size of the ministry in Ethiopia could again double the ministry because of the sheer numbers of people that are a part of their church body.

Because of these two amazing opportunities and expansion, we need to blow the trumpet and get ready for battle. Currently, this ministry is being done by two part-time staff and we see the need for growth. Help us sound the call to get ready for the battle. This battle is the Lord’s! To help us spread this message, we have a new brochure that describes the ministry of the Orality Institute. It describes the name, oral training, our training method, the five steps, and the course content. There are answers to frequently asked questions and student testimonies. There are pictures of the ministry, the four levels of training are described, and the budget is laid out. This brochure is available in PDF format. It can be emailed, physically mailed clicked on below, or downloaded from our website. We are ready to bring God’s Word to every place that He provides.

Prayer and Praise May 2022

  • Praise the Lord for the 152 students in the training in Malawi.
    • We printed and handed out the Chichewa second book of the curriculum to all of them.
    • We had Tamrat from Ethiopia attend the training with the Prison Chaplains.
    • We had two men from Blantyre’s City Pentecostal Church attend the training at Iris.
    • We were able to establish 6 boards to oversee the training of each of these ministries.
    • There will be an Orality Institute Board of Malawi over the six zonal boards
    • The Ugandan’s that we brought to the training were warmly received and want to make plans to return for 2-3 months to help the classes and boards begin
    • The training was warmly received
  • Praise the Lord for the possibility of the Ugandan leaders returning to Malawi to oversee the work in Malawi!
  • Pray for the 2nd book that is being translated into Chichewa for Malawi.
  • Pray for those in Ukraine and for a peaceful resolution.
  • Pray for the finances to continue growing this ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming future trips this year…
Oral Story May 2022

Oral Story May 2022

Exceedingly Abundantly

“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Ephesians 3:20-21

This trip to Malawi would have been very successful if we had trained 25 people in each of the four ministries of the Prison Fellowship Chaplains, Bread of Life churches, Word of Grace churches, and Iris Africa Bible School. However, the Lord doesn’t do things by our expectations very often.

Instead of 100, we had 152 students, instead of 4 ministries, there were six. The three Ugandans communicated in an African style. Michael Rokenbrodt brought the drama and the animation alive. The 150 printed books in Chechewa gave them a tool that they can use to begin classes. The six ministry boards become the structure that they need to oversee the students, the teachers, and the grades. The new Orality Institute Board of Malawi will be the unifying piece that will connect these various ministries. That is exceedingly abundantly beyond all we could ask or imagine.

Tamrat Tadele, from the Ethiopian Mekane Yesus church body was able to attend at the last minute. He wanted to see if this would be useful for his seminary and Bible School in Hawasa, Ethiopia. He said, “Now I realize that you can’t understand it until you see it. He has already extended an invitation to Michael, and two of the Ugandan teachers to train their 100 students as well as introduce the training to the nine districts of the Lutheran churches in southern Ethiopia. That is exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we could ask or imagine.

Evidence of Grace

“The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Acts 11:21-23

What does grace look like? Barnabas saw it when he reached Antioch, and we saw it when we reached Malawi. We saw a deep hunger for the Word of God, an excitement for memorizing it, and creativity with how they might share it.

One week after the training, Brian Kondowe, the head of the prison chaplains in Malawi, told me that he had already started a class in his church and had started teaching his family following the same method we use in class. Chris from the Bread of Life churches found a new love for the Psalms because of the lesson on “God the Father” from Psalm 103. Jaz from the Iris Africa Bible College goes out every weekend leading evangelism events. He started using this oral teaching method the day after the training was finished. Isaac leads a youth ministry. He was unable to attend the training but he wanted to learn how he could use this method, so he asked Sam to teach him. Sam leads a kids club on Thursday afternoons with between 700-800 children from his village.

The grace of God is seen when 75 rural pastors come for training Tuesday through Friday, then ask if our team would teach on Saturday also. Then they attended a four-hour worship service on Sunday and waited for another seminar on Tuesday, every night they were sleeping on a cement floor. God’s grace is seen when he allows us, simple people, the privilege of being a part of this great work He is doing in the lives of these His people.

Prayer and Praise April 2022

  • Pray for the training in April – May.
  • Praise the Lord for Grace Bible Churches, Bread of Life Churches, Prison Fellowship of Malawi, and Iris Africa Bible School. All four are interested and waiting for training.
  • Praise the Lord for the possibility of the Ugandan leaders overseeing the work in Malawi!
  • Pray for the 2nd book that is being translated into Chichewa for Malawi.
  • Pray for those in Ukraine and for a peaceful resolution.
  • Pray for the finances to continue growing this ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming future trips this year…
Oral Story April 2022

Oral Story April 2022

Dependent on the Lord

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”” Luke 1:37-38

Have you ever thought, “I am in over my head?” I find myself in that situation every time I go to another country to teach God’s Word in a language that I don’t speak to a culture that I don’t understand. This trip to Malawi has multiplied my feeling of dependence on the Lord. Thank you for praying for this ministry and this large open door before us.

This trip will be the largest endeavor that we have ever organized. We will be preparing four separate ministries to train their own people at the same time. Two trainings will be happening during the first week and two additional ones the second week.  There will be four teachers arriving from Uganda, two will oversee one class, and the other two a simultaneous class. The second week, two new ministries will be trained. Each of these classes will have 25 students who will be trained to lead a class of their own. At the end of the two weeks, there will be potentially 100 leaders prepared to lead their own two-year discipleship class!

The goal in all our training is to teach nationals to oversee the training of their own people. The Holy Spirit makes it possible to entrust this oral strategy of education of God’s Word. We are excited to see the Orality leaders from Uganda being used as missionaries to those in Malawi and we are excited that the first book of our Orality Institute curriculum has been printed for these new students in their language.

This multi-layered training has been paid for through the Hike and Bike fundraiser and generous doners. Keep us in prayer for this ministry opportunity.

Dependent on Prayer

April 18th – Leave for Malawi

April 19th – Arrive in Lilongwe and drive to Hippo Lodge (32 hours later)

April 20th – Two classes begin at Prison Fellowship International in Balaka

25 Prison Chaplains under Rodrick

25 Bread of Life pastors under Pastor Watson

April 23rd – First two classes end

April 24th – Worship with Watson

April 25th – Three of us will travel to Bangula in southern Malawi

April 26th – Two classes begin

25 Grace Bible pastors in Bimbi under Pastor Moses

25 Iris Africa Bible Students

April 29th – Classes finish

April 30th – Return to Hippo Lodge

May 1st – Worship with Moses

May 2nd – Discuss the plan forward

May 3rd – Rest

May 4th – Start the return trip to Lilongwe

May 5th – Leave Malawi

May 6th – Return Home (34 hours later)

Prayer and Praise March 2022

  • Pray for those in Ukraine and for a peaceful resolution.
  • Pray for the training in April – May.
  • Praise the Lord for Grace Bible Churches, Bread of Life Churches, Prison Fellowship of Malawi, and Iris Africa Bible School. All four are interested and waiting for training.
  • Praise the Lord for the possibility of the Ugandan leaders overseeing the work in Malawi!
  • Pray for the 2nd book that is being translated into Chichewa for Malawi.
  • Pray for the finances to continue growing this ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming future trips this year…
Oral Story March 2022

Oral Story March 2022

Earthly Kingdom

You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

The only thing that seems clear right now is uncertainty. James speaks to us regarding the unknown and maybe we need that same message today when we hear of wars and rumors of wars.

During these past years, we have enjoyed relative international stability. Travel to various parts of the world has been feasible, communication has been possible, and health concerns could be managed. The past two years have reminded us that we do not know what tomorrow will bring, and it reminds us that teaching people to train their own people is the model that can meet people in their own situations and adjust to our changing world.

We continue to go forward with our plans for training in Malawi in April. The war in Ukraine and its effect on the rest of the world reminds us that “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or do that.” We have seen the Lord’s will in causing an interest in the training and a hunger for God’s Word. We have seen His will by providing ministry partners who want to train their people. Now, we watch for His timing.

To train people well and to use our time effectively we plan two months in advance. That allows ministries on the receiving end to prepare their people and their schedules. It helps us make reservations, budget, and coordinate details. At the same time, we trust in the Lord for open doors for His Word.

Join us in prayer for the people of Ukraine, training in Malawi, and for the Lord’s will as we live in this earthly kingdom.

Heavenly Kingdom

Come, behold the works of the Lord…He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:8-10

We can easily get distracted by the things in our world and our earthly kingdom, but our perspective changes when we stop and look at things from the perspective of God’s kingdom. Stop for a moment and consider God’s kingdom. Where is it? What does it look like? God’s kingdom is wherever God is King. The Bible tells us about His heavenly kingdom, and it tells us about His kingdom in the lives of those who look to Him as King. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

The whole purpose of the Orality Institute is to bring the Good News of God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” The lives of those who have been touched by God’s kingdom look as different from this world as light compares to the darkness.

Namayonjo Ruth took the training in Uganda because she saw a change in her husband’s life.  He had been a pastor, yet she said, “This training has changed his life. I can see it in his character, his knowledge, and his ministry.” Their 17-year-old son Peter said that now their home had joy. Before it didn’t have joy, but now there was happiness. Peter himself used the Word that had been shared in their family to battle witchcraft that he saw at school.

The Kingdom of God shines through His people whenever and wherever they let His light shine out from their lives. They reflect His work and they exalt Him among the nations.

Prayer and Praise February 2022

  • Pray those in Malawi affected by Tropical Storm Ana and now Cyclone Batsirai.
  • Pray for an open door for training in April.
  • Praise the Lord for Grace Bible Churches, Bread of Life Churches, Prison Fellowship of Malawi, and Iris Africa Bible School. All four are interested and waiting for training.
  • Praise the Lord for the possibility of the Ugandan leaders overseeing the work in Malawi!
  • Pray for the 2nd book that is being translated into Chichewa for Malawi.
  • Pray for the finances to continue growing this ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming future trips this year…