Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Breakthroughs in Missions

I am not sure whether you know this, but Missions as we know it is going through some remarkable changes.  Donald McGavran introduced the world of missions of the idea of homogeneous peoples.  The premise was the people like to be around their own kind.  Understanding this allowed missions to target the message of the Good News to specific groups.  Ralph Winter took this a step further in his Unreached People Groups.  He said that we should recognize that nations in Matthew 28:19 (NLT) (19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit) uses the Greek word, ethne.  This is where we get ethnic.  He pointed out that strategically we could identify the enthnic peoples of world and determine their degree of movement towards Christ.  We could then prioritize our mission challenge to reach the unreached people groups (ethinic groups) and be more efficient and effective.  This was a huge step forward in fulfilling the Great Commission.

But knowing who to reach is not the same as reaching them.  We now have a strategy for identifying those who need to hear.  The next question is "what methods are we going to use to engage them?"  The answer according to many (myself included) is something that has been dubbed Orality.  The basic premise is that most people are oral learners, they prefer methods of learning that engage their senses, enhance their relationships and fit into the cultural modes of communication.  These include story telling, parables, songs, dancing, art and other primary learning methods.  Mission agencies are now scrambling to target people groups using this strategy.  The results have been remarkable.  This method is helping speed up the advance of the Gospel around the world.  

International Christian Ministries and its seminary, Africa Theological Seminary have been participating in a two conference that has been looking at Theological Education and Orality.  We we are discovering is that Orality has less to do with literacy and more to do with how people choose to learn.  This has brought us to the point of not only buying into the Orality movement, but examining our own ways of teaching.  We are in the process of realigning our curriculum and teaching methods so that our learners learn better and also develop skills that will help them teach better in their communities.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Africa Rising

The President has declared August "Africa Rising Month" .  You can read the full story.  Just click the picture below to read the full article:

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May God open your eyes to see what He is doing around you and around the world.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Orality Conference

Next week four ICM staff will be attending the Consultation on Contextualizing Theological Education in Oral Contexts in Wheaton, Illinois.  This will be one of the first meetings for theological educators to consider the needs of leaders who are ministering to congregations and communities that are primarily oral in their learning.  Dr. Walker will be presenting one of the papers that the consultation will consider.  Other ICM staff members who will be participating are Darryl Bowe, Vice President of International Operations, Rev. Stephen Mairori, Kenya Country Director, and Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich, Principal Africa Theological Seminary, Kenya.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Send ICM to Prison

Prison life anywhere is not good.  But prison life in some places are worse than others.  God wants us to reach all people everywhere.  If that means we have to go to prison to reach them, then we will.  Read the story about how ICM Kenya is going to prison for the lost!

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