The growth of Simply The Story
far exceeds our ability to keep up. We see the Lord is guiding and giving us favor; for that we are humbly grateful.
- August-2012 Church Vision Request
In South Carolina a large number of churches have started training their home fellowship groups in STS. Already those using STS there report double and triple numbers of church plants and a rising number of church members applying Scripture to their lives and witnessing to others.
Please pray for this training and these kinds of results to not only sweep across that state, but also that more individual pastors and churches will see the need to embrace and include STS as a way to go deeply into the Word. Pray that these leader's eyes will be opened to the need to allow all in their churches and their communities to gain understanding and ownership of the Word of God.
Motivated instructors across the USA and overseas face the religious locked gates of "We've never done it that way before." Still many excited users of STS return to their home churches from trainings and mission trips (where they have seen people radically impacted by the Word of God when STS has opened Scripture) only to be met with, "That's nice, we'll look into this," but nothing changes.
Upcoming workshops in September in Kentucky and Denver offer unique schedules that train new people, teach how to train others AND provide an advanced track to those who want to deepen their apologetics for this oral style of learning and as well refine their study and presentation skills. Both of these workshops are being staffed by instructors with International experience. Pray for key mission leaders and pastors to attend and to grab hold of the vision to use STS.
- March-2010 Request for Clinics.
We are setting up translation clinics in Africa and India that run in concert with STS workshops. In this strategy, we gather groups of 10 to 20 different language teams. Then we train these representatives in Simply The Story for three days. Following that, instructors train the language teams how to translator the God's Story script and select their narrators.
The STS training enhances the translators' abilities to see deeply into the Word of God, which enables them to more precisely translate God's Story into their mother tongues. The instructors who lead these trainings need prayer to effectively communicate the translation guidelines to these many teams. Truly it is a challenge beyond our human ability.
August-2012 Update on Clinics.
The team did train about representatives of 25 languages from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to translate God’s Story into their mother tongues. Praise God, 5 of those languages are completed and are now in use for evangelism and discipleship. Pray for ongoing fruit.
Some language teams encountered obstacles, so the translation slowed or stopped. We ask prayer for those. Still other versions were done and the logistics of getting approval of the production so we can master them have hit a wall. Gatekeepers with hands out looking for money or our lack of ability to locate motivated indigenous leaders to complete that checking has stalled 4 languages for a year and a half.
Unbelievable to experience this but it is true. For this we plead to God to show us how complete our work.
- April-2010 Request on Oral Bible Schools (OBS)
We ask for your prayer regarding an ongoing need. We want people new to the use of oral strategies to see how Bible stories can be learned and in an oral way can be used for deep biblical teaching. Too many people have not yet experienced this depth in story. As a result, they perceive Bible stories as "something only for children or those who are non-literate, so maybe a surface truth or two may be found."
In the first weeks of April, we are celebrating the first graduation of an STS Oral Bible school in Africa. A few key academics, who are committed to in-depth Bible teaching, are joining us to examine this new style of school.
These leaders know that many in emerging nations are not able to learn from traditional literacy based methods. We have room for a few more in academic leadership who want to seize this opportunity to come to Kenya and meet students from seven or more oral schools.
In a village a few hours outside of Nairobi, we are providing special days. The 8th & 9th during our celebration and advanced trainings set aside to meet and interact with these perhaps over 100 converging students.
- Besides random testing of stories learned, we as founders of STS are looking for answers to these kinds of questions:
- Will the treasured doctrines central to orthodox Christians be understood by the graduates from their ownership of 200 Bible stories and passages?
- Will the graduates show evidence personal spiritual growth?
- With their two weeks on, two weeks off school schedule, are the students seeing a measurable increase of spiritual fruit in their homes, ministries and village lives?
- What do others who know the students have to say about the students in relation to the impact of the OBS?
- What do the students say about their expectations, joys, hardships, problems and the positive or negative impact of the OBS?
August-2012 Oral Bible School Updates
We took a long time to post the answer to this prayer request for the graduation celebration and fact finding trip. The graduation was a success and the celebration by the students of ten OBS meeting believers outside of their villages was joy unspeakable. Still we and they saw that deeper understanding of the Word could and should be attained. Student left thrilled yet convicted.
This we heard echoed many times. “We have not appreciated the depth of God’s Word. We must slow down as we study and dig deeper.” Now over 30 OBSs are operating in Kenya, and more than 60 world wide, but we in top tier county leadership and the indigenous instructors see that more depth of understanding the Word and can and MUST be attained. Please pray for that.
- August-2012 Request Help at USA Headquarters.
We posted this request in November 2010, but we ask your continued prayer ... We need three people at our headquarters, all comfortable at computers: one for shipping, one who likes to write and design art layouts and one who is a handy person (maintenance, and moving supplies around).
We want to add a request for someone who may have the aforementioned skills but who as well has office management skills and for a person who has interest and skills in the technical fields of recording and editing. Might as well ask for five people as three!
- November-2010 Request on Practitioner Audio Training (PAT)
We asked for prayer on the preparation of more stories for the PAT. As we said, these interactive audio PAT stories are a joy to prepare, but time intensive. Since November, in 2011, we were able to complete the three-story set and instructions in Swahili and are near to done in Nepali and Kannada.
August-2012 Answers to Prayer on PAT
We are seeing more languages added those mentioned above. A French set is done and Telugu is being edited. Others are being worked on. Praise God, a companion audio and video style of presenting STS stories was developed throughout 2011.
Now we have 5 languages in use on the Interactive Discovery of the Bible (IDB) stories and many more are near to ready. (For these IDBs, five Bible stories are designed to be on each DVD and audio MP3.)
The PAT and the IDB are not just ministering to people. The people learning STS are finding that these recorded interactive experiences are helping them learn how to go deeper into the Word and to teach in an interactive style using questions.
Please keep praying as we are setting up translation of PAT and IDB in many more languages.