Expecting the Miraculous! Join Us in Reaching the Unreached
The last two of our most current seven opportunities with our active partners in the field are the Chaudhari (in India) and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (in Ethiopia):
Chaudhari (in India)
The Chaudhari (or “Chaudhri”) is a tribal people who live in the west Indian state of Gujarat. They are recognized as a Scheduled Tribe, meaning they are socially banned in India and face discrimination because of their race. Most Chaudhari work as agricultural laborers. Others work as small artisans in their villages. Other communities tend to look down upon the Chaudhari. Illiteracy is common among the Chaudhari. Many of their villages lack modern conveniences. The primary language of the Chaudhari is Gujarti. The Chaudhari practice Hinduism strongly influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon and their own tribal deities. Through Bible storytelling and the Oral Arts, believers within the Chaudhari can be equipped and mobilized to reach their own people.
Ethiopian Orthodox Church (in Ethiopia)
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the most ancient churches in the world. For the first few centuries they preached the true Gospel of God, however, the initial movement died out. The hope is that this is the time for the church to get back to its original position, restoring and engaging its people to be disciples of Jesus Christ. By training the leaders and the deacons in the church in oral Scripture engagement strategies, a grassroots level movement could see revival happen in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Scriptures In Use has several partners working in Ethiopia who hold strategic positions which provides them access to equip believers in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. This could result in the beginning of a movement.
Using the SIU Bridges approach, our proven partners and their networks of believers use word for word Bible storytelling as they get to know a new community, seeking a person of peace who can open doors, providing access to share more stories of Scripture with the community. This pattern has been repeated in many new areas around the world and our partners have seen miracles happen as the Holy Spirit opens people’s hearts to receive the Good News. This can lead to an organic movement of people within the people group passing the stories and the Good News on to others, exponentially growing to become an “engaged and reached people group.” The miraculous result in the local community: many new storytelling fellowships, new Oral Bible churches/house churches, new believers, new disciples, and more people trained, equipped and inspired to see the advance of the Gospel and growth of God’s Kingdom in areas never reached before.
Training Event Cost
Our Bridges training events held in pioneering areas at a local or regional level are often between $2,000 and $2,500 USD per training, depending on the number of people attending, the specific country and city of the training, and the number of trainers who are traveling. Typical class sizes range from 20 to 40 people, depending on the specific training and the partner ministries being trained. On average, we typically see at least 3-6 of the Bridges training participants become passionate about using the Bridges Oral Arts approach and they soon become Master Trainers and Orality Champions in their own communities and regions beyond.
WILL YOU JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT?
Any donation amount to help fund these Bridges training events would be greatly appreciated.
Unreached People Groups: Join Us!
There are 7,415 unreached people groups representing approximately 43% of the earths people still to reach (according to the joshuaproject.net), with approx. 90% of these remaining people groups living in oral cultures. SIU and others working in the “Orality Movement” are strategically positioned to see the task of the Great Commission finished within our lifetime!
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