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  • Jul5Fri

    Sharing the Gospel with Oral Cultures

    July 5, 2019 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
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    “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”
    Romans 10:17 (ESV)

    Orality is a way of communicating that relies on spoken rather than written language. As many as two-thirds of the world’s population are classified as primarily oral communicators. TWR Women of Hope shares the gospel with oral cultures in a relevant, simple way. Because oral communicators learn differently, we must adapt our communication of the gospel to fit oral cultural norms.

    When Jesus preached to the oral communicators of his day, he used stories about people like shepherds and fishermen with whom people could relate. When Paul writes of the armour of God, he describes a typical Roman military uniform. Simple word pictures represented complex spiritual truths, like the shield of faith.

    Such steps are necessary to overcome language, religious and social barriers that would impede the message from being accepted. Listeners often replay recordings hundreds of times, enabling them to learn the message by heart and tell it to others.

    TWR Women of Hope reaches oral cultures with programs on radio, CDs and MP3s, and our prayer calendars are orally translated in over 20 languages.