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.