On Orality Institute’s second trip to Malawi, two new groups of people took part in the Oral Training Seminars. The first training was hosted by Prison Fellowship International of Malawi. This was their first training program for the chaplains, where 35 came together from prisons all around the country.
“We expect transformation in the whole prison chaplain department,” said Steven Chikolosa. “Inmates are regarded as outcasts, people who don’t deserve good things, so we have found ourselves blocking them from receiving salvation because of who they are. We realized from this training that Jesus is on the other side waiting for them.”
Steven refers to the story about the little children who were brought to Jesus while the disciples hindered them. The chaplains were surprised to find themselves in the story and that the kingdom of God belonged to prisoners. The Lord used that story to set these leaders free from their own bondage. The second Oral Training Seminar was with Word of Grace Churches of Malawi. Six of these pastors and leaders were part of the first training in August, so they were small group leaders this time. The 34 from this training will be starting nine small groups to continue studying scripture orally.
Interest in Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” Ps 122:6
This month, AFLC Journey Missions is leading their first trip to Israel and the Orality Institute board has encouraged Dr. Olson to go for the educational value as well as a chance to introduce oral training to the ministry Operation Mobilization which is working in Israel. These oral stories will come alive in the land they took place. Pray for meaningful ministry connections.
Israel is a country often in the center of world news because it is a center for Christianity, Judahism, and Islam. The prophecies of scripture also put Jerusalem in the center of things that have taken place and the things that are yet to come. We can watch the events of history with anticipation of Jesus’ promise that He will come again and take us to be with Himself.
Plans are being made to continue ministry this next year in Uganda, Dominican Republic, the Baja of Mexico, and Malawi. We are hoping to begin working in Tanzania as well and re-establish ministry in India. Let us know if you have an interest in being a part of any of these ministries. The board also encourages designated support for these international trips so that the regular budget can be maintained.
“I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” Revelation 3:8