Across the world, storying has been especially successful among people groups who are oral.
They remember and pass on information by telling stories. As a practice of communicating the truths of Jesus in any culture, we teach our students how to story, that is to tell the story of Jesus in an engaging, story-telling format.
We challenged our students to share at least one story from the Bible with a local friend using this method. At the end of the semester, the students recounted their experiences sharing the story with their local friends. Below is a story from one of our students:
“Today I met with a friend for coffee. She shared her struggle with loneliness and her fear of disappointing her family if she wasn’t successful enough. I told her about what encourages me, the story of a man who lived a perfect life, but had the same struggles, and chose to die because he loves us and wanted a perfect relationship with us. She listened intently and seemed encouraged. I then explained the story and how God provides for all our needs and also deserves all the honor. I spent the entire time praying that one day she would understand the truth and believe.”
Everyone loves a good story, and we know the most incredible, life-changing story ever told.