Oral Bible Storying Workshop

Story Board

One way to remember important parts of a story is to draw pictures for each main point.

“We had someone come through our village and preach that Eve and the snake slept together and that is how sin came into the world. Because I had memorized the story from Genesis 3 I knew that sin came into the world because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. I was able to confront him and set the story straight.” Kwomtari language speaker

This week started the fourth Oral Bible Storying (OBS) workshop which will continue for another week and a half. This has kept me busy all week as I learn procedures and work with the people who have come.

Why are we teaching how to tell good Bible stories?

Papua New Guinea is still largely an oral society. Telling Bible stories in their language and interacting with things they learn in the stories is culturally appropriate and a highly effective way for people to hear the Bible in their own language and be able to apply it to their lives. This course we are learning stories from the life of Moses such as God giving manna, the Ten Commandments, and the golden calf.

Studying the Story

Two Kwomtari ladies study the story to be able to tell it in their own language.

We heard how the children of Israel complained and then God provided manna. As we interacted with the story and wondered why the Israelites thought slavery in Egypt was better then being free and how they could blame God and Moses after seeing God miraculously deliver them, we realized we aren’t much different. Sometimes we complain about having to eat the same thing twice in a row instead of being thankful for having food. Sometimes we focus on what others have instead of being content with what we do have. Sometimes we want to go back to the way things were instead of embracing the future along with the new opportunities it brings.

It seems that often it is easier to complain instead of being thankful for the blessings we have. This week is a good time to list out things for which you are thankful.

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