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Scroll Down for latest reports dated and titled in red. Is there a language project here for which you could specifically pray? Some translations need prayer to overcome obstacles. Our leaders need continued prayer support. (Updated Mar 15)
Expanding Translation Clinics: Now God's Story Translation Clinics can do 20 or more languages at a time. Recently 41 languages were done in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. Nigeria will soon have this innovative use of recordist's time. Pray for the language teams on new laguages - for protection and provision.
Oral Bible Schools: Currently 19 Oral Bible Schools are running in Kenya alone. 6 are in session in Philippines., with 2 more starting soon. Pray as they are being started in 6 other countries. Wonderfully the schools are supported locally. Our part at TGSP is to supply small funds for sending instructors to new regions to plant and supply God's Story. Funds are often needed for solar-powered audio "Bibles." Pray for leaders to meet the many requests.
Radio Opportunities: Radio is opening up as an exciting field in interactive Bible study STS style. Pray for those with radio experience to help.
Curriculum Writers: Home schools and Bible schools are requesting curriculum for learning Simply The Story. Someone with curriculum writing skills could greatly multiply the reach of this oral style of learning God's Word. Pray for the right combination of skills.
Home Office Needs: Because of pilot programs in children curriculum and radio broadcasting, an administrator is needed to finish materials for TGSP and STS. Come volunteer to see the value of what is happening worldwide.
multiplication in 2009. So far
this year God has enabled us to complete 15 new languages
of God's Story.
Please pray for those who are traveling to
areas hostile to Christianity to show God's
Story video and to tell the Bible
stories. As well please pray for those who are coming to
Africa Alive: In
June 160 leaders from over 12 East African nations (as
well as from South Africa and Nigeria) converged in
Nairobi to be trained in oral strategy. The 3-day African
initiated MANI conference on orality featured Sinply
The Story. At least 1/4 of these
attendees had experienced STS in either a workshop or a
vision casting in this past year. Three instructors from
the US joined 22 Africans, already trained in STS, to
lead this workshop. Afterwards, we hosted a 2nd smaller
workshop expressly to train instructors. These county
contingents are largely leaders of ministries (some heads
of seminaries an Bible schools.) They, by God's grace,
have now gone back to train others in their countries.
Please pray for the now thousands of literate and non-literate evangelists, leaders and pastors who have been trained in Simply The Story style of oral inductive Bible study. Whole villages in India, Nepal, SEA and Africa are being affected by this practical way to study and share God's Word. Ministries and denominations are incorporating STS into their work.
We Need Prayer
for this work to continue unhindered. This
report reflects the thousands of responses we are seeing...Even
though in Oct we sent a fledgling team of STS instructors
that was still learning how to train others, God has
greatly honored the STS way of telling and discussion of
the stories recorded in His Word. These leaders ask their
pastors to tell and teach a new story Sunday in their
main churches. Then, during the week, their house church
leaders tell and discuss the same story with their nearly
10,000 church members. [This leader shared his stats with
us, showing that since October their rate of church
growth rose by 50%.]
Oct 2007 trip
to India and Western Europe to train in Simply
the Story in Oct leaders from TGSP set off to
India to train Indian leaders in Simply
the Story and the use of God's
Story. Ministry teams of 22
instructors from 3 countries are converging to train in
Goa, New Delhi and Mumbi. The goal is reaching non-literates
and oral learners. Tentatively the last leg of the trip
will be in Western Europe to a place and people who want
to use oral strategies to reach a darkening region of the
world. Please pray these trainings come together
perfectly as God wills.
Consultation for CEOs of Mission Organizations Pray for our director
as she, along with other leaders in the movement to reach
oral learners using Bible stories, interact with the
ION leaders and mission CEOs met at a 3-day consultation
in Orlando at the Campus Crusade facility. A wonderful
time of dixcovery took place.]
Additionaly 2,500 literate Kenyan pastors are set to be trained in STS. Already Simply the Storyt is empowering pastors and evangelists in the USA, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Call for Partnership and Prayer! Our 5 Asian country 42-day
vision casting trip opened up evangelism and discipleship
results like nothing in world history. How can we say
this? The Word of God is our Sword. Our newly
inauguarated Timothy Church Planter Training puts the
stories of the Bible, told in people's mother tongues, on
solar audio players.
Increased Blessings Call for Increased Hands: Please pray for key leaders to join us from countries in Africa and states inside India that are not yet active in TGSP. Also we need a few more key staffers for CA office who are good in administration and video production. (Note: All us TGSP staffers world-wide are self supported volunteers.)
Breakthrough:We now format God's Story onto solar-powered, hand-held audio players. As the players make it into the hands of indignious evangelists and church planters, the responses fly back to us. Families come to Jesus and then take the player to another family and they are saved. Considering 50 at once can hear God's Story in their mother tongue, this great impact is no surprise. Well-known leader in North India Dr. Alex Abraham stated, "I have waited for this 40 years!" We need sponsors to supply these players and hands to carry them in to strategic locations.
Next orality conference will be in Nov in Colorado Springs. See www.oralbible.com The content of God's Story, and the vision of TGSP, dovetails with the vision of the International Orality Network (ION) which is a network of missions organizations. We serve as part of their leadership that hosted the 4th ION conference titled "A story for the Nations: Making Disciples of Oral Learners," in CA, USA September 2005.
Would an oral learner (who is one of the 80% of the population in the USA who cannot read or does not prefer to read) be comfortable in your church? If the answer is "no," do come. Invite your pastor and church leaders to come as well so together you can discover what many North American pastors and leaders are doing to reach the oral communicators of the USA!
Beyond that, those interested in using the most effect methods of evangelism and discipleship on the mission field will discover pure gold at this conference. We can promise all who attend an array of very informative plenary speakers and fascinating workshops.
Safety: As more languages being produced for use in Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritist dominated areas, we need to pray for the faithful evangelists who go village to village showing the movie that brings light.
Supply: The number of new languages being translated and recorded by our national partners continues to rise. As missionaries and nationals see and experience first hand the impact of God's Story in local languages, they are adding to the teams of partners preparing new language versions. God has faithfully supplied. We need prayer for added supply to cover the recordings soon to arrive.
Africa, India, Nepal,
Myanmar, Bhutan & SEA: Soon we hope to have our Flip Charts printed for
use in third world countries. The 150 pictures from God's
Story can be shown as evangelists story-tell through
the Bible or the pages turned as villagers hear God's
Story played on cassette tape. Sponsor tape players
and / or flip charts.
USA: Still a need! We continue to seek God for missions-minded volunteers who can devote 3 months or more of their time at our Southern CA headquarters. Our office is the epicenter of information, production and distribution of the amazing evangelistic tool, God's Story. Christians with office and business backgrounds and data entry or missions experience are needed. Email for further details.
India:We completed a trip to North India due to an invitation from leaders and church planters. They had experienced the effectiveness of God's Story in Hindi and wanted to know how to partner with us on added languages. New teams born out of the training are beginning translation on new versions for the unreached tribals of the northern states. We warned these new language partners that those who take on this project always experience great opposition. Please pray for these team of translators and for the narrators they select.
Location Undisclosed: 2nd Flash!!! The version is completed and in use. The hard ground of Buddhists' hearts is being penetrated and they are coming to faith quickly. Flash! one month after this request was posted, on the 7th try, Tibetan was recorded. Please continue to pray for the production phase and then the distribution of this strategic language. 5 times our team has tried and failed to record Tibetan! Obstacles such as equipment failure (it resumed working after the narrator had to go back home.), the narrator losing his voice for the week he came back tobe recorded.
Afganistan: [Another update on the update! Dari is completed now! and the Pashto is back on the translatio track] [UPdate on the earlier request below... No word yet on the Dari and the translator for the Pashto has suddenly been taken ill and according to the doctors will be out for at least 3 months. Please contine to pray.]
After four years of false starts and dead ends, we expect to have copies of Dari available within in a month or so. Thank you for your prayers on this one. We have great hopes of Pashto coming soon afterwards. Please keep in prayer the final completion, distribution and ultimate impact of these two versions.
DVD: We hope to have God's Story available
soon on DVD and in MPEG3 formats. Each disc will offer
multiple languages. We ask for God's direction and wisdom
on the decisions being made on these two projects.
We asked for prayer in Nov for numerous up-coming recordings in progress. About 1/3 met with success. The rest are still in process, experiencing some kind of difficulty. Please contine to pray (we asked in Feb) for these recordings and specifically for the completion of Cantonese, Yao, Done 6/04 Bemba, Done 6/04 Tonga, Done 5/04 ASL, Hatian Creole, Swahili, Telugu Done 4/04 and Tamil.
June, 2003 we are seeing great progress on all the above except ASL, Hatian Creole and Swahili.
June 2004...The ASL is almost completed and we hope to see the Haitian Creole in August! Tamil and Malayam recordings failed on 4th try, scheduled again for July 2004.
Over fifteen vital languages (with
evangelist ready to use them) are scheduled for recording
in November. Some are in restricted areas that we can't
list are having problems. We have scheduled Tamil, Telugu
and Kannada for Southern India to be done in February.
Five for North India were ready but the scripts were lost
and had to be done again. Four in Nigeria [two are done
and two had recording glitches and have to be redone.
Three in East Africa are ready but a recorder has to be
hand carried in by suitable operator. Please pray for
sessions, the narrators, directors and the technitions.
Many of these people groups have less than 3% Christians
Afganistan. Still need prayer on these. They
didn't make 2002: DARI /PASHTO
Nepal Still need funding on these: The reports coming back of salvations from the use of the newly completed Nepali God's Story version are astounding! FIVE more new recorded languages of Nepal and surrounding regions will soon arrive at our USA studio for final production. Only one is funded. Each of these people groups have little or no Scripture in their language and are considered "unreached." We have evangelists ready to use GS to reach them as soon as it is ready. Could you or your church sponsor one of these four?
Latest Requests: We still desperately need staff at our Southern California headquarters. Are there some tentmakers out there (or a few folks who only need a small salary to supplement their "stash") who are at least a little bit computer literate and can multitask? The challenges and the rewards here are huge, but spiritual maturity and ability to cover a lot of bases efficiently is mandatory. Write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and please tell us a little about yourself in your letter.
New versions: In addition to the 10 languages in Nigeria that have begun the recording phase, 10 other new language versions of GS are right now being recorded and produced. These include Cebuano and Tagalog which have long been requested. Please pray for us as we encounter ongoing obstacles in these processes.
We are not quite to the
place of having our backs to the Red Sea and of seeing
the Egyptians coming, but it is getting close to that!
Faithful national evangelists are completing scores of
diverse languages of their regions, and now we need to
send multitracker mini-disc machines to them to record or
help transport them to one of the eight regional TGSP
recording centers. This takes money.
NEPALI is recorded and the masters are delivered! Read the letter below that we got from Nepal, exactly as it came to us to feel the excitement of the evangelists who will be risking their lives by going to unreached of Nepal delivering the Gospel via God's Story. One man who is involved with GS there has already been called to appear before officials to be either reprimanded, loose his citizenship or be tortured.
"God willing ,we would like
to dubbed in our Nepali language and wants to us it for
our ministry. As well we would like to make several of
copy of it and we will encourage our people to use it to
reach out the Hindu people.
We are praying that a few churches will get the vision to fund some of these languages and that their members will take existing GS languages verions and translation packages with them on ministry trips. Then, when the new language versions are competed, these supporting partners can carry in the new masters and be part of some movie premiers that will be greater and vastly more important than any extravaganza Hollywood has ever hosted! Some day the hoopla about Gone With the Wind will be gone, but the Wind and the Fire of the Holy Spirit reaching the hearts of the lost for eternal salvation via God's Story will be the heavenly box-office hit for ever!
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