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