Prayer and Praise May 2024

  • Praise the Lord for the new connection we have in Bangladesh.
  • 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 with us for this new partnership between Nate and Rhoda Jore and the Orality Institute. We are more than excited to have them join us this coming August. Pray for Nate and Rhoda as they go through the house hunting process and as they finalize everything with the AFLC World Missions Department.
  • Praise the Lord for all that is happening in Uganda under the Ambassador Institute. Paul Kneeland was there for two weeks and participated in graduations, zonal meetings, and meetings with our Ugandan missionaries.
  • 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 May 2024

Oral Story May 2024

Seeking Wisdom

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

This oral strategy continues to expand. Every month we get a detailed report of the training that is taking place in Pakistan. They are almost finished with the first year of study and are ready to translate the second book. We are careful about information that we publish because of the persecution that they face as Christians in a majority Muslim society. This month we asked for permission to share some of the testimonies from the 15 master trainers and their 141 students.

“I run a store for supplies of building construction work. I was talking to one of our venders who shared with me that they are Muslim and they are above all other nations and Allah loves them the most and all other nations will go to hell who do not embrace Islam. When he said that I asked him, Have you heard the story of Jonah, he said “No, but his name is written in the Quran”, Then I told him the story of Jonah, and told him how God cares for all the nations and does not want any of them to perish if they repent. He heard the story and did not reply. I noticed a small change in his life and, I could tell him the Biblical story because this training has helped me to identify the immediate need of the person and relate his need with the Biblical story.”“I work at a local home to recycle cotton. One of my colleagues shared how their son had left. Her husband was in trauma and could not forgive his son for leaving. I told her the story of the son who left his father but when he returned, his father forgave him. She went home and told the story to her husband. Her husband met my husband and asked him to tell the story. My husband told the story to him, and he confessed that he could not forgive his son. He invited us to his home to pray for his family. This time, we share the story of the King who forgave his servant’s debt. We told this story to show them the love of God. This is how we can share the gospel with our community.”

Finding Truth

You have heard… the word of the truth, the gospel,… indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. Colossians 1:5-7

We recently had our first call with Swapon from Bangladesh. His church leaders are seeking a practical way to be trained in God’s Word. This oral strategy seems like it could be the answer they are looking for. This first call was an introduction to one another and to our work. Swapon represents 26 churches. His response to our call was, “I and my family members and team members have been praying deeply that by the will of the Lord, we can be associated with IOI. I will gladly watch the videos and begin the translation of the curriculum.”

He immediately started translating the first book which led him to ask some important questions regarding the stories he was learning through the process. He wrote, “I am very lucky indeed to be translating this book. I can learn more about God’s Word while translating. Already my life has started to get stronger spiritually. I believe that in the future this curriculum will bring great blessings and change the lives of many in Bangladesh.”

Bangladesh is one of the countries that we have been asked to work with. Mozambique, D.R. Congo, and Tanzania are wanting training as well. It is critical that every training begins in a stable, measurable, and sustainable manner. Ensuring that those goals are met depends on the in-country leader, the seriousness of their intention, their measurable progress in the training, the costs involved, and the time available to invest in helping them.

The core of this oral strategy requires that the national workers take the responsibility for training their own people in their own language and culture. It is essential that the training is self-sufficient so that it can multiply without dependence on support from the outside. This is a new paradigm, for many it is challenging, but for all it is a transformative experience.

Prayer and Praise April 2024

  • Praise the Lord with us for this new partnership between Nate and Rhoda Jore and the Orality Institute. We are more than excited to have them join us this coming August. Pray for Nate and Rhoda as they go through the house hunting process and as they finalize everything with the AFLC World Missions Department.
  • Praise the Lord for all that is happening in Uganda under the Ambassador Institute. Paul Kneeland was there for two weeks and participated in graduations, zonal meetings, and meetings with our Ugandan missionaries.
  • 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 the introduction of the orality strategy of training in five cities in northwest Tanzania. They have an excitement and anticipation for further training. Please pray for a door for that future training to take place and for Peter Shalom, our Tanzanian connection.
  • Praise the Lord for the successful training in Zambia during December. There were 15 students that participated and the news for this month has testimonies from them. Now they are looking for books so that they can begin classes on their own.
  • Praise the Lord for our new friend 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.
  • Praise the Lord for the training in Pakistan with 15 classes and 137 students. The training continues in spite of the persecution of Christians.
  • 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 April 2024

Oral Story April 2024

From the Board

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe…praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:43-47

Awe struck is an accurate phrase to describe what it’s like to serve on the Board of Directors of International Orality Institute. One of the joys of serving on the board is to see the Lord at work. His blessing upon this ministry is to hear reports of and seeing precious souls being saved and that disciples are being made as Jesus directs His church in Matthew 28:18-20.

The Lord has never failed to provide for Orality Institute whether in temporal matters or with people of the same heart. He does so through you as supporters of IOI and in those He leads to join our work.

Most recently He has guided Orality Institute board members to call former AFLC missionary Nate Jore to join us in this work. While on furlough from Uganda, Nate and Rhoda sensed a change in ministry focus leading them to resign from AFLC World Missions. IOI extended a call to Nate to join us. 

His work will be primarily here in America, where many churches have asked him to assist them to develop their efforts of evangelism and discipleship, and training up church leaders. This ministry will be defined more clearly as Nate begins. We have called him to expand the work of building up Christ’s church through the making of disciples alongside the church in America. His call will begin August 1st.

Thank you for your support. We thank the Lord for how He provides for our ministry through faithful disciples such as you. He gives us peace and assurance through your faithful support.Because of Calvary, The Orality Institute Board: Greg Johnson, Marshall Nessa, Jim Rasmussen, Mark Antal, Nathan Monseth, Peter Ward

From the Jores

Dear friends & family,

We know many of you pray for us, and we’re so very grateful. How prayer impacts the heart and movement of God is a mysterious thing, but we believe He is attentive to His children, and it’s a comfort knowing that there are people talking to Him about us.

There has been much change for our family over these past 10 months in the States. We came back to the U.S. sensing there was a shift coming for our family and that God was perhaps redirecting us, but not knowing what that redirection might look like. We asked Him to help us to hold everything with open hands and to have the courage to step into whatever He asked of us.

In the past several months, a few doors have opened to our family that we‘ve discerned are ours to step through. One of those doors was an invitation to join International Orality Institute, an organization dear to our heart that is based here in Minneapolis and works internationally to provide Bible training through storying. Their vision for reproducible discipleship mirrors the vision that Nate has had in the discipleship he’s been privileged to be involved with in Uganda, and there’s not much that gets him more excited.

Orality Institute follows Jesus’ example of using storying and a question-and-answer teaching style as the primary mode of instruction. The invitation that Nate accepted from International Orality Institute (IOI) is primarily a Stateside teaching and equipping position, with the opportunity to travel occasionally to Uganda and to encourage the brothers there. We will finish our service with AFLC World Missions at the end of July, and Nate will begin his new position with International Orality Institute the 1st of August (his birthday!). We’re so grateful for our time spent serving under AFLC World Missions and for the support, leadership, and encouragement they gave to us during our 17 years in Uganda. For those who have supported us financially and would like to continue to do so, we will give information in a future update about transferring support to IOI. We will receive support through AFLC World Missions until the end of July.

Prayer and Praise March 2024

  • Praise the Lord for all that is happening in Uganda under the Ambassador Institute. Paul Kneeland has been there and was a part of one graduation, several zonal meetings, and two meetings with our Ugandan missionaries.
  • We pray that the structure we are establishing for the Ugandan missionaries will be helpful and well received.
  • Praise the Lord for the graduation of the 21 students in the Dominican Republic and the 5-7 classes that they want to start there.
  • Praise the Lord for the introduction of the orality strategy of training in five cities in northwest Tanzania. They have an excitement and anticipation for further training. Please pray for a door for that future training to take place and for Peter Shalom, our Tanzanian connection.
  • Praise the Lord for the successful training in Zambia during December. There were 15 students that participated and the news for this month has testimonies from them. Now they are looking for books so that they can begin classes on their own.
  • Praise the Lord for our new friend 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.
  • Praise the Lord for the training in Pakistan with 15 classes and 137 students. The training continues in spite of the persecution of Christians.
  • 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.
Ministry in Uganda

Oral Story March 2024

Set Apart

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:2-3

Set apart is a great description of what the Orality Institute is about. It means that students set apart time to study God’s Word, the leaders dedicate two years to teach them, and the style of education is set apart from traditional methods.

This picture is one of the new Ugandan churches that have been started through the Ambassador Institute’s ministry. This is one of five new house churches, and it is held at Mama Rose’s business. It has taken years for the oral students to see the need to start their own churches, but it seems that this simple house church model is beginning to spark interest in Uganda. The leadership is divided among the members, and they worship in a simple and personal way. The Word of God, prayer, and worship is the heart of their gatherings.

Paul Kneeland’s trip to Uganda is to encourage the ministry and give the leaders some practical training. Paul’s two-week trip has very little time for rest. He will be participating in two of the five graduations, four zonal leaders’ meetings, and two meetings with the Ugandan international missionaries. The training has grown so quickly that we need to add some structure to the vision and passion. We have multiple places requesting training and six potential missionaries. This trip gives Paul a chance to introduce clear expectations and qualifications for those that represent the Orality Institute when they travel to other countries. He will be introducing budgeting and structural topics so that classes can start in a strong and stable manner. We need to be strategic with the use of our finances and make sure that when we begin a new location or country, they will be trained well.

Established

Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings.
1 Corinthians 16:19-20

One of the greatest blessings of a ministry that spans years is watching the Lord transform lives. Alex and Mary were both graduates from the oral ministry in Uganda. Mary became a teacher and taught her class through their graduation while she worked in the Ambassador Institute office. Alex was a budding pastor, and he was mentored by Pastor Brent Raan and Michael Rokenbrodt as he started a church outside of Jinja.

Shortly before their engagement party Alex was in a severe motorcycle accident. At first, he was expected to die, then after finding a hospital that would treat him, they expected that he may have permanent spinal or head injuries. The Lord healed him in some miraculous ways. When they were married a month later Alex was able to walk and stand on his own. Their wedding was a celebration for the whole ministry family in Uganda.

Now Alex is the pastor of Gideon church. He grew in his preaching through his oral training. Alex and Mary have led their congregation in spiritual growth, and they have seen people set free from various forms of spiritual bondage through Jesus. They have also faced severe spiritual opposition. Strong winds blew down their church, one of their leaders was killed by a falling brick, and Alex was mugged when he was delivering money. Yet, they continue to faithfully proclaim the hope in Jesus and teach oral classes.   Their daughter Rohi, which means The Lord is my Shepherd, just turned three. She has been in the center of the missionary meetings from the day she was born and travels with her parents to the graduation events as a special guest of honor. The Orality Institute truly is an international family.

Prayer and Praise February 2024

  • Praise the Lord for the graduation of the 21 students in the Dominican Republic and the 5-7 classes that they want to start there.
  • Praise the Lord for the introduction of the orality strategy of training in five cities in northwest Tanzania. They have an excitement and anticipation for further training. Please pray for a door for that future training to take place and for Peter Shalom, our Tanzanian connection.
  • Praise the Lord for the successful training in Zambia during December. There were 15 students that participated and the news for this month has testimonies from them. Now they are looking for books so that they can begin classes on their own.
  • Praise the Lord for our new friend 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.
  • Praise the Lord for the training in Pakistan with 15 classes and 137 students. The training continues in spite of the persecution of Christians.
  • 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.
  • Praise the Lord for the ability to reach into difficult places through online training.
Oral Story February 2024

Oral Story February 2024

Celebrating God’s Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16

We just held the first graduation of Orality Institute students in the Dominican Republic. They studied 84 stories of the curriculum for two years and memorized 2200 verses of the Bible. That is an accomplishment worth celebrating! These 21 students have an overview of the Bible and a foundation that includes doctrine, character, and ministry. Those lessons are hidden in their hearts, and they can easily be passed on to others.

Their teacher, Daniel Lantigua, and his wife Rosa were learning the lessons alongside of the students ranging in age from 10 to 70. The Word of God that is hidden in their hearts cannot be taken away from them. It becomes a part of how they view the world and how they live their lives. Daniel is expecting to oversee the startup of 5-7 new classes. As well as the expansion of oral training in the Dominican Republic.

Daniel and Rosa are applying the Word that they have studied into practice as they train children in a Haitian immigrant village. Daniel became excited about the possibilities of how this could be used among these unruly youth. The youth were so affected by the training that they began to talk about God in their classroom. Their teacher was so amazed at the change in her students that she went to observe these classes for herself. The parents also noticed a change in their own kids, and they began attending classes to learn the stories. News of this transformation began spreading among the community and among the pastors because those students had seemed so difficult to deal with. God’s Word Changes lives!

Celebrating God’s Work

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word. 2 Timothy 4:1

Our team of two brought an introduction of the Orality Institute training to Tanzania this month. They were scheduled to train a group of students in Bukoba, on the western shore of Lake Victoria. When they returned, we found out that their Tanzanian guide, Peter Shalom, had brought them to 5 cities to introduce his leaders to this new strategy of studying God’s Word!

In every town that they visited, the people were so enthusiastic to learn that they pleaded with Mufumbiro and Musasizi to stay and let them invite others to come and see how God’s Word could come alive for them. We have recommended that Peter attend a class in Uganda to learn the curriculum. If he could learn the stories then he could be the teacher for his Tanzanian students. Pray for Peter and the resources to reach these cities.

Marshal Nessa has joined the Orality Institute Board. Marshal participated in an IOI training in the Baja of Mexico in September of 2018. After that, he and his family moved to Uganda, where they worked with Amazima Ministries and school and practiced sharing God’s Word orally with the students. Marshall brings with him the experience of serving as a pastor in the U.S. as well as his international missions background. He has seen firsthand the powerful effect of this oral strategy, and we are glad to add him to our visionary board which includes: Greg Johnson, Peter Ward, James Rasmussen, Mark Antal, and Nathan Monseth. The Lord continues to expand this ministry around the world along with renewed interest and opportunities here in the U.S.. Pray for us as we try to discern God’s Will and watch for His open doors.