Oral Story December 2023

Oral Story December 2023

Great Need

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house.  Romans 16:3-5

Meet Dr. Victor Lonu, the most recent friend of the Orality Institute. Victor is from Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Victor received his master’s and PhD in Biblical Studies through the African Theological Seminary in Kenya. Since that time, he has been developing training manuals for pastors in rural Africa.

Victor is the most recent person to contact the Orality Institute asking for us for training in an oral strategy of education. He would like to bring biblical training to his home area near Bunia, but traditional written education is not going to be effective for them. He was introduced to oral instruction some years ago through one of Pastor Kevin’s early mentors, and he remembers those lessons today. He wants to share that living instruction with those in his home area.

Northeast DR Congo has been ravaged by violence for many years. The people in the villages have fled to the city of Bunia for safety, but that also means leaving their farms and homes. Victor has a network of pastors in that area and through that network the hope of the gospel has a chance to spread into an otherwise dangerous area. This year the Orality Institute has received inquiries and invitations to work in Pakistan, Nigeria, South Sudan, Northern India, and now DR Congo. These are dangerous locations for U.S. citizens to be working, yet by God’s grace, we have been able to encourage and motivate these leaders in their spheres of influence. We praise the Lord for our partnership with people who can share the Word of God in these places where there is such a great need.

 Great Gift

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of The Name. Therefore, we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. 1 John 1:5-8

The Word of God is the greatest gift that we can give to people. Mama Nissi, who is one of our missionaries, just returned to Uganda after spending five months visiting her children in England. This was intended to be a personal trip paid for by her children. She was insistent that it was an opportunity to start a new class in England. She found that everyone was overly busy, several working two jobs just to cover their life expenses. During her time, she was able to find five people from different parts of London who were willing to study and could do so over Zoom. So, now this 70+ year old woman will be teaching her new students, using a computer,  … from Uganda.

Meanwhile our Zambia team will be leaving Uganda on December 8th and returning on the 24th. The team includes Bishop, Sharif and Tracy in the picture. Ernest will be meeting them in Malawi when they land on the 8th, then they will travel by bus across the border. Their purpose will be to help Ernest, from Northern Malawi, start a new class. Ernest has been a part of several orality training courses. Now he will become the overseer of the class of teachers in Zambia. Our team will help him be successful with this new class. Please pray for them as they bring the priceless gift of God’s Word to people who need to hear and understand how much God loves them. They need to experience the transformation that happens when they are immersed in His Word. These dear friends will go “out for the sake of The Name.”