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8) Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC)

EMDC is a multi-agency consultation that meets alternately in Asia and Europe. Minority language workers in the Eurasia region meet with media specialists (Radio, TV, Internet, Mobile, Social Media), IT Technicians, recording specialists, graphic artists, digital publishers and specialists in Orality and Ethno-Arts. EMDC 2015 will be in Europe in springtime, 2015 and expects around 350 people (100+ organizations). It will have over 40 workshops. Prior to EMDC there are 4 optional days of training in 16 Tracks: Video 1, Video 2, Audio 1, Audio 2, Website development, Orality/Storytelling, Ethnoarts, Mobile Production, Mobile Apps, Game development, Culturally Intelligent Media, Media-based Discovery Groups, Becoming an On-Line Trainer, Animation, Research for Effective Media Communication, Archiving and Digital Publishing. Contact: infoatemdcondotorg for access to the password-protected website.

2) Tell Jesus’ Story To The World’s Unreached Peoples

storyingMost of the world’s unreached people groups (UPGs) are oral learners, people who prefer to learn and to communicate through hearing and telling stories. Join the StoryRunners School of Storying, an interactive workshop September 28 – October 3, 2014 in Orlando, FL (USA), to learn how to use oral bible stories to be more effective in outreach across the world or across the street. Hear how you can help to start church planting movements among UPGs.

Get more information and submit an application at

http://www.storyrunners.org/aboutus/orlando-school-of-storying-story-development-track/

or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA)

7) Oral Bible Storying: Tell Jesus’ Story the Way He Did

Jesus knew the power of a story to communicate a message. Learn how to communicate HIS story using orally told bible stories in any kind of ministry setting: for evangelism, church planting, & discipleship; with individuals or groups; with unreached people groups or right at home. Join the StoryRunners School of Storying, March 23-28, 2014. Check out

http://www.storyrunners.org/aboutus/orlando-school-of-storying-story-development-track/

or call Melissa +1-405-306-5348 (USA).

8) Learn New Ways to Tell the Story

Learn the importance of using story to reach oral cultures with the Good News. Get practical help and ministry ideas. Meet others who share your interests. Either way be sure to register by June 1st for a $25 discount. If you succeed in bringing a friend, they’ll give you an additional $25 discount. The dates are September 16-19 (Monday 5pm to
Thursday 8am) at the DoubleTree Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO (that’s really close to St. Louis). Learn more at…

http://www.ionevents.org/

11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop

Over two-thirds of the world cannot, or will not, learn from reading. But stories open the road to their hearts. MAF-Learning Technologies offers Oral Strategies Workshops in many places around the world. However, each year they offer one in the US. This year it will take place in Boise, Idaho, June 4-8 2013. Students will learn to teach the same way Jesus taught. They will be able to tell fun, accurate Bible stories, lead interactive Bible studies, and equip short-term mission teams. The methods taught work particularly well with people groups who are preferred oral communicators, but even the highly literate find new insights. For more information or to register go to:

http://www.maflt.org/news/oral-strategies-workshop-boise

5) UDisciple iPhone app

Tim, a colleague here at Team Expansion, showed me this past week the little iPhone app that T4T has put together called uDisciple. (It’s at least available for IOS; check your own phone operating system to see if it’s available in your own smartphone’s OS.) It’s pretty cool. About two-thirds of it is dedicated to orality, providing a couple of major sample story sets that one could memorize and retell. But there’s also a section designed for Training 4 Trainers implementers. It essentially provides quick notes to remind trainers about lesson plans for 11 major sessions on everything from baptism to the Great Commission. I love it… and hope we see more of this sort of thing in the future. Learn more about all the other resources offered by T4T here…

http://t4tonline.org/resources/

(Thanks Tim!)

13) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention

Grandma’s Village oral dramas are now available through Kerus Global Education. The 32 dramas on CD are designed for radio use or group listening. Used in community centers, schools, orphan care centers and churches, listeners enjoy the serial dramas. Designed for Africans, these programs were produced by TransWorld Radio and Kerus Global Education in both African English and Swahili. The serial story has biblical, spiritual and physical applications including HIV/AIDS prevention. Visit the website to learn more and order

http://www.kerusglobal.org/products-and-programs/oral-learners

11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop

Over two-thirds of the world cannot, or will not, learn from reading. But stories open the road to their hearts. MAF-Learning Technologies offers Oral Strategies Workshops in many places around the world. However, each year they offer one in the US. This year it will take place in Boise, Idaho June 4-8 2013. Students will learn to teach the same way Jesus taught. They will be able to tell fun, accurate Bible stories, lead interactive Bible studies, and equip short-term mission teams. The methods taught work particularly well with people groups who are preferred oral communicators, but even the highly literate find new insights. For more information or to register go to:

http://www.maflt.org/news/oral-strategies-workshop-boise

9) Grounded Questions: From Abstract to Experience

My friend, Jill, pointed us to HER friend, who has virtually revolutionized a Bible college in New Zealand. Check out his Ted-type talk at…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEISLatc57I

This is heady stuff. But it boils down to asking simple questions — to bring about change. Don’t give up early. Stick in the talk until at least minute 4. It’s worth it. Makes me want to rely more on stories and less on Powerpoints. :-)

(Thanks Jill!)

14) The BackPage: ION’s Thoughts on Best Practices; Let’s Join Them

ionI think Samuel E. Chiang is doing a great job leading the International Orality Network. I usually always glean something from each of his monthly ION Newsletters. (Learn more at

http://www.oralbible.com

For example, his latest newsletter carried a brief article by Jerry Wiles on “Discovering Best Practices” in the field of orality. Much of his summary you can read in sites like

http://www.oralbible.com

and

http://www.oralitystrategies.com

where you’ll find many links and resources. He reminds us that there is no single method that is the best for all people and every place. And, fittingly, in the same issue, Mark Snowden’s brief article suggested five research techniques that one can utilize to learn more about what’s working and what’s not in a particular culture or sub-culture:

*** Existing research — what’s already been done and what bearing does it bring on the Main Thing
*** Observation research — looking specifically for literate media, oral media, who reads what on the bus/subway
*** Quantitative research — random sampling as much as possible
*** Qualitative research — dialogue groups filtering the survey data
*** Interviews with leaders

Since the days of Donald McGavran and the Church Growth Movement, I’ve been fascinated by the simple concepts of trying to study how God seems to be moving in and among a certain people group and/or nation. It just makes sense that, in each sphere where we work, we ought to be looking for those common threads to find out what will help knock down obstacles for the Spirit to move among the people He wants to reach.

Your thoughts? Just click the link below to get to the web version of this item, then use the “Comments” below to share your own thoughts, opinions, or objections. We’d love to hear your view.

Doug

3) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them.  Visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

2) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them!  Visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

5) How Can You Help Others Learn Bible Stories More Effectively?

This past week, Mark Snowden told us about a professional storyteller named John Walsh. “He uses a highly interactive procedure in BibleTelling training to involve everyone in a larger group in the action. According to my notes at an ION workshop, John said that after telling the story, he gets them to practice it. He shows them a storyboard that he uses to remember the main scenes. His storyboard is simply a set of cards or posters with simple stick figures depicting the action in the Bible story. John divides the group into pairs and asks them to use his storyboard to retell the story to each other. Then he asks them in larger groups to describe the locations in the story. He retells the story. At that point he divides them into creative art groups. One group develops a drama; another works out a pantomime. A third group creates a song and still another paints pictures of the story. Then he has each group present their production to the whole group. By the time John is finished, his listeners have heard or experienced the story twelve times!” Learn more about Mark and his co-workers at

http://www.oralbible.com

At the website, you can also learn more about the International Orality Network (ION) 2013 Conference, September 15-18, at the Doubletree Hotel, just outside St. Louis, MO.

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