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The Gospel Through Storytelling

 

ACTS looks for ways to reach more villagers with the Gospel. Burkina Faso is an oral culture where history and information is transmitted orally from one generation to the next. Unfortunately, Burkina Faso has the lowest literacy rate in the world.

Traditionally women in the country are not encouraged to attend school. This project reaches those who have not been able to take advantage of traditional Bible Study in French or the 69 other tribal languages spoken in Burkina Faso.

ACTS began training leaders in oral methods of transmitting the Gospel and have found it to be effective among village women and children. This project also gave confidence to the women who became oral communicators of the Gospel.

They are taught to share the Gospel, Bible stories and biblical principles through music, dance, drama and pictures. The women who were first chosen at the launch of this project were hesitant about becoming trainers, but quickly learned that they have the skills necessary to do the job.

Women who receive training as oral communicators learn how to effectively tell the Gospel in ways that non-readers can comprehend. This project reaches a segment of the population that is ignored by most churches.

< Two weeks of training show women how to present the Gospel using drama, dance, music, pictures and song. They are taught how to present the Gospel in ways that appeal to villagers

The training sessions were held first for women living in the rural communities around Ouagadougou with 25 women and the second session was held 245 miles away in Burkina’s second city of Bobo Dioulasso. In Bobo, 60 more women were trained to go out into villages.

The women respond with delight that they can become effective evangelists.

The illiterate villagers reached by this project are excited to learn bible stories and life principles and are responding to the Gospel.

This project makes it easy for illiterate women to learn the scriptures, stories and principles of faith. The two weeks of learning methods of sharing and presentations gives the women confidence in what they can do.

This project is uniquely suited for an oral culture and empowers and encourages women who feel inadequate to be teachers and leaders in their community.

One trainee gave this testimony: “When the pastor of the church asked me to attend the training I said, ‘I am not the right person because I have not been to school and do not speak French.’ He insisted and I came against my will. After this first day of the training, I now understand that I do have a place in this training. What I am learning can be used for other women even if they do not speak French.”

A woman who attended the Ouagadougou session gave this testimony: “I am very thankful for this training. After the first session, I gave a report to my village church and the pastor gave me permission to train women. We are in a very remote place and no one among the women knows how to read and write apart from the pastor.

“Since I am a widow I decided to begin by mobilizing widows within the church. They find great encouragement in the program and share their experiences with other women. Our group is enlarging at every weekly meeting.”

Because of this training, ACTS reaches many village women who otherwise would not know the Truths found in the Bible.

Pray for an even greater harvest of souls through this project for oral learners.

 

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ACTS Center in Saonré is dedicated to giving a hand up and not a handout to the forgotten ones of Burkina Faso...widows and orphans.




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