NIEA and T4 Global partnered together in bringing the Gospel to 18 language groups across Central India. Utilizing biblical content produced by NIEA and The Seed Company, our partnership focused on the strategic distribution of these oral stories for the purposes of evangelism and discipleship. Through the ministry of 85 full-time Storytellers, and each ministry’s support staff, we have witnessed tremendous fruit being produced.
These 85 Storytellers have facilitated 596 small discussion groups. Of that number, 263 meet regularly with the intention of listening to all 50 stories produced in their language. It is only through this type of frequent interaction that we believe healthy patterns of discipleship can be established and Jesus command of “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” can be accomplished. We hope as relationships in the community continue to grow the remaining new groups can transition into regular groups!
Furthermore, our partnership has sought to emphasize the theme of multiplied leadership - based on the model of 2 Timothy 2:2. Although 85 Storytellers is a fantastic beginning to reach these languages, the expansiveness of Central India demands more workers take part in the harvest. With great joy our teams embraced this vision and have equipped 476 new leaders in just 5 months. These new leaders have combined live-storytelling and digital media to start an additional 1,491 groups, 787 of which meet regularly.
T4 Global has been greatly blessed to partner with NIEA, and we look forward to serving in ministry together in the coming years.
Den and Karen Roossien from The Seed Company visited New India Bible Seminary to explore more on the orality training plans and scripture translation initiatives. Major discussions covered possibilities of OBS Facilitators’ academic and on-the job training and Theology Graduates’ Orality Orientation and Oral Bible Storytelling Course.
Mr. Obin Mathew, (BIT, MSW-HRM) has been appointed as the Project Coordinator for the OBS track at NIBS. Ten students in the first batch of OBS facilitators’ training have completed their first level training for two-weeks in Cross-cultural mission. We are grateful to God for leading us into paths that lead us to make direct impact on global mission advancement.
“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”