The training venue was the EBC Church at Kompri, EHP.
Small Group discussion time
We were outnumbered by a large margin so Johnson and I divided the group in half so that at any one time we were each mentoring four groups of six people. By the end of the first hectic day we discovered a couple of people who got the feel of things and they assisted us to be in charge of their small groups; we concentrated on the groups that need more time from us.
We discovered that the important features of an Oral Strategy Workshop (OSW) that can make or block the teaching is the following; the biblical method using Nathan’s story in 2 Samuel 12:1-7, demonstrating the technique of telling a story and finally the 5 steps of telling a story and the 5 steps of asking questions related to the story.
As we do more OSW’s we are discovering more and more that the importance of orality and the statistics of reading verses listening is not so crucial for our kind of participants. They prefer to go right into the steps and do it right. As a result we spent more time to drill the steps and have them translate the steps into their language.
The feedback showed that they all understood the steps and they really want to have another course to perfect their knowledge of the steps. Deacon Tom Nakambi did a family Bible study after the first day and his small group was amazed at how he could clearly explain the Scriptures for them to understand; for them it was a new approach and they loved it. He later shared that he was tempted not to tell them that he picked up the method from the OSW training.
Deacon Tom Nakambi making a point during discussion time
Francisca Ainu with her certificate at graduation. She is one of those who wants to become an OSW trainer.
Eleven participants gave in their names as volunteers to be trained as OSW trainers. They all indicated that they love the way it is being done and want to train others to use it for their Church.
Ps Tukana, overseer of EBC Kompri Circuit receiving his certificate from Bryan.
We praise God for the record number of 70 who attended the OSW and we look forward to many more that the Lord will bring for this exciting training.
The next group of Kamano speakers will use the steps which were translated by the 55 Kamano speakers that attended the first OSW.
I used my mobile phone to share the reason for the workshop from Ephesus 4:11-13 at the start of the workshop. By the end of the day we had participants requesting for bibles on their mobile phones.
Another opportunity for participants to download free bibles from the CRMF WIFIBible Box.
The 70 Participants with their certificates.