In my previous post I told about people listening, practicing the story, and going home to tell their friends and family what they have learned.
I shared with you that I give them time to practice the story in the meeting. Also, I have started to ask them to come to the front and tell the story to the crowd.
Some of them are doing this. In the picture to the right, I watched from my cell phone as Tabitha went to the front and told the story flawlessly. I took this photo from my phone as I watched!
So how do we reach these villages for Christ? We have a two-fold strategy.
- We must multiply pastors.
- We must multiply storytellers.
Shakaib works with three other pastors. Bihari is a young pastor who lives in a village of a few hundred people. He owns a Bible and hymnal. I have sent him “Going Deeper” studies. I use the story that I share with the village and “go deeper” with him with questions to answer and verses to study. This builds his knowledge of God’s Word and a strong foundation of doctrine. I sent him a study last week. Within two hours, Shakaib had translated it and Bihari had completed his assignment! You see him proudly holding his Bible and his completed first assignment.
Just a few minutes ago, I finished Story 6 with people in Shakaib’s village. They are now having some refreshments that we have provided and practicing the story with each other.
We need to pray for courage and faith for them to tell these stories to others. I will share more in the next post about this developing outreach.