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Nick Frey, serving with MAF in West DRC reports:
We recently started using LT’s Estante program as part of our monthly meetings with our hanger staff. I had received the program and Bible study software while at the IT conference in Uganda. Looking over the material I thought that our staff could really benefit from the topics of marriage and stewardship especially.
You may not know this but MAF-LT operates in many different areas of the world. Check out this blog post by LT PNG.
Praise God for the work He is doing in Papua New Guinea! How exciting to see that so many are hungry for the Word of God! It is cool to hear that audio, as well as print, versions are being distributed and that so many people are interested in study materials too.
In an oral strategies video our team has been working on, Regina describes a piece of candy to her friend Laura. When Jim comes into the picture, Laura has not yet tried the candy. She attempts to tell him what she heard from Regina but she struggles to remember and repeat what she was told. Then she takes a bite of the candy. It’s like the lights come on! Now she gets its! Now that she’s tried it and experienced it for herself, she easily expresses—in her own words—how good the candy is.
I had the opportunity to teach at Church recently. I chose Luke 8:4-15, The Parable of the Sower. My dad was a farmer so I really enjoy when Jesus uses stories related to farming to teach spiritual lessons. Jesus uses metaphors that engage the imaginations of His listeners, which prepares them to receive His teaching—like the farmer prepares the soil.
The reality that 2/3 of the world’s adults don’t, OR WON’T LEARN FROM READING, has challenged one of MAF-LT’s clients to move their leadership training materials from 6th grade to 2nd grade level. A common mistake made by literates when simplifying training for these “Oral Learners” is the temptation to “dumb down” the material. After all, what can they teach if they are limited to a 2nd grade vocabulary?
But the adults they are working with are not second graders. Many are intelligent men and women who may be perceptive believers. As Oral Learners they just don’t have the ability (or desire) to use written material. They don’t divide life into abstract categories like “love” or “forgiveness.” Neither did Jesus. He told memorable stories, like the Prodigal Son!
Since an Oral Learner’s capacity for learning is limited largely to memory, the challenge is to make important lessons more memorable. Here are some ideas: