As we embark on new ventures, there can be a certain amount of apprehension involved. Working with eleven (or possibly more in the future) language communities can feel a bit daunting. But our God is good! As we look back on the Lumi Oral Bible Storytelling workshop that just finished last week, we are thrilled.
Did everything go exactly as expected? No, but sometimes the alternative was even better.
- We heard early on that the truck would not be able to take the participants home on the day we anticipated. So, we extended the workshop a couple days and the participants were able to learn an additional story to take back and use.
- One airstrip we hadn’t originally used, ended up being the only one of three where participants could be dropped off at the end of the course, due to weather and other logistics.
- One trainer wasn’t able to come, but another showed up that we didn’t know was coming.
- The last two clusters have struggled to learn stories to one degree or another. One of the SPES members had been praying that God would show us a new way that would help participants learn stories better. He decided on a plan and shared it with one of the experienced trainers who had just tried the same approach in his community. We felt this was confirmation from the Lord and taught with this new approach. The result…better and more natural stories.
- One thing we have come to understand is that participants either really like or really dislike using storyboards to learn their stories. We have tried multiple approaches, but the vast majority of this group thought they were indispensable. We think they are pretty good too, but it was great to see them come to that same conclusion!
The thought of going to town every day or every second day to get enough market food (taro, kaukau, pumpkin, bananas, and greens) to feed nearly fifty people sounded time consuming. After hearing from a number of communities where we have established relationships that there was no extra food because of the drought, we figured the town market was the best option. But no, God had a better plan. One language community ended up bringing the majority of the market vegetables for most of the course.
We are so thankful to see the way God has gone before us in this new endeavor. We see His blessings in so many ways and we are excited to hear how the stories learned will impact lives and communities. Please pray for many open doors for participants to share what they have learned.