Many New Open Doors in Indonesia
After finally being able to reconnect with our partners in Indonesia following the pandemic, we have discovered that the fields are ripe for a huge harvest in Indonesia in 2024! There is a great spiritual hunger among Indonesian people groups. Many of these oral peoples are rejecting false beliefs and extremism and are desperately looking for the true peace that only comes through Jesus. Finding households of peace (as described in Luke 10) shows us where God is moving, and we focus on those families with the stories of the Bible. There are now open doors for more SIU “Bridges” trainings and partnership with several large networks that are seeing growing fruit among these unreached people groups. We need your financial help to step through these newly opened doors.
Continued “In-person” Gatherings Needed With Travel Costs Increasing
Even though travel costs, both local and international, are increasing across the globe, we continue to encourage “in-person” gatherings for our “Bridges” trainings, as the impact of face-to-face learning and interaction over 3-5 days of training is significant. We need your financial help to cover these increasing travel costs for trainers and participants.
Unreached People Groups
It is estimated that 90% of the remaining unreached, unengaged people of the earth, representing an estimated 3.3 billion people (according to JoshuaProject.net) are currently living in oral cultures. Conservatively, we might see 10 new Oral Bible Churches/house churches and 100 new believers in a few months following a “Bridges” training in the field! SIU, its partners, and their networks of leaders are strategically positioned to accelerate the task of the Great Commission within oral cultures around the world.
Using the SIU “Bridges” equipping and training 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 within a people group, with people passing the stories and the Good News on to others. This exponential growth can lead to the people group becoming 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 cost approx. $3,000 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.
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