Multiplying the work – training the next generation of instructors in Malawi

Multiplying the work – training the next generation of instructors in Malawi

Key to the effectiveness and growth of the work in Malawi is the ongoing training and encouragement of the otLIVE instructors who work so faithfully in schools in this area.

What a joy it was therefore to have an opportunity to not only update and enhance the skills of the current instructors, but also to train two Malawian trainers for the first time – George and Wiseman – who will now go on to train others to become otLIVE instructors.

We rejoice over the feedback from some of the instructors, which reflects not only a refining of teaching skills and technique, but also a growth in their personal walks with the Lord…

 

“This training has helped me to perfect my story telling and improve the quality of my hand signs. It has been good to be reminded that I am not alone, but am part of a team! I want to tell these Old Testament stories to my family, people at my work and at church. My own walk with God is growing deeper.”

~ Bornwell

 

 

 

“Even as I teach otLIVE, this course has helped me personally. It has opened my eyes to see the goodness of the Lord and to rely on Him only. Even now, I teach my family, friends and other Christians to depend on God and to pray more fervently than before. I have realized the importance of praying as I teach children the Word of God. This training has also helped to improve my teaching techniques and to have more information on the Old Testament stories.”
~ Tionge

 

“This training has been very profitable in my life and has helped me to be an effective leader. Now I will be able to train other otLIVE instructors. Even now, I have learnt new ideas on how to make my otLIVE lessons better and to attract the interest and attention of the learners so that they are involved in the story. I have also learnt how to handle difficult learners in the schools by treating them with love.”
~ Wiseman

 

Practice makes perfect – so it is good for me to re-do and review the hand signs. I have learned also to ask the Holy Spirit for help when I prepare otLIVE sessions for the schools.”
~   Agnes

 

“I have learnt how to change my style when teaching otLIVE – also a good way of attracting the children and holding their attention when I am teaching. Personally, I have been reminded that I need to forgive a friend – despite what they have done to me. I have also been reminded of the respect I need to have for the Word of God. And to do what I need to do, even when nobody is looking.”

 

“This training helped me with different approaches to teaching – like how to tailor the story to suit the audience. It has made me think about illustrations from my own environment, experiences and even the world, which will further illustrate the story.”

 

“I have learned about the importance of speaking loudly and moving when I am teaching. I also know how to change my style and be flexible. For me, I need to read the Bible more and listen to God, so that I can teach well.”

 

 

PartnerUpdate-Dec2020

PartnerUpdate-Dec2020

Helping people live God’s Word in 2020

Dear Ministry Friend

Thank you for partnering with Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa to
      help people everywhere live God’s Word.

This year, even in the middle of a pandemic, God has given us opportunities to help people understand the truth of the Bible and live it out. We praise God, not only for sustaining us, but also for ministry that has continued, evolved and grown. Your valuable contribution helped make this possible. 

As we reflect on the closing of a year and plan for a new one, it is good to be reminded again of:

Why we exist

Because God’s Word is hope to our communities

Our mission…

To serve the Body of Christ to impact every community

Our tools

Innovative live events
Transformational resources

Who we serve

Community-focused churches
Under-resourced pastors
The Biblically unengaged

Below are a few glimpses of how this has looked in real-life ministry over the last year. May you be encouraged by the testimonies of God at work in the lives of communities and individuals.

 

The Walk Thru the Bible team is grateful for the privilege of partnering with you and eagerly anticipate the growth and opportunities that await us in 2021.

 

I trust that you and your family will know the presence, grace and favour of our Lord over this Christmas time.

With warm regards,

LEE

Lee Helling
Regional Director – Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa

• Innovative live events

Crossing borders with technology & bringing Live Events to your home

“Crossing borders with technology & bringing Live Events to your home”

Lockdown brought many ‘firsts’ for us all. For Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa, this included our first online training of otLIVE instructors in Nigeria and India.

These otLIVE instructors are “like wildfire going through the schools” in Nigeria. They have already taught many events, where otLIVE is received with great excitement and enthusiasm.

Click here to read the full story and here to see the Nigerian instructors in action.

Recent otLIVE Events in Nigeria

Another first was the broadcast of otLIVE and ntLIVE directly to your home during lockdown.

These broadcasts were on our Walk Thru the Bible Youtube channel and Facebook page and encouraged us all to Step into the Story. What a fun interactive way for families to together learn the big picture of the Old and New Testament! This was followed by the broadcast of Home Team, which focused on helping families work together.

If you missed these broadcasts, please click on the following links to catch up:
Step into the Story (otLive)
Step into the Story NT
Home Team

• Transformational resources

New ready to use sermons from Pastor’s Circle

Click here to download sermons in either English, IsiZulu or SeSotho. These are available  
  as an audio MP3 or as a transcript (PDF file).

What pastors are saying about the sermons:

“The sermons are so easy to use, easy to understand and easy to take back to my people!”

The content and teaching in these sermon tools is 100%. These messages will help to heal me first, and then I can bring the message to my people.”

KidZ at Heart – a great training resource for those who want to reach and teach kids for Christ

KidZ at Heart helps bring the Bible to life, helping children to connect with God.  KidZ at Heart also works in any cultural context, without the need for expensive curriculum.

Click here to read “Why I am passionate about KidZ at Heart” and here for more information.

• Community-focused churches

The hands and feet of Christ during these challenging times

“The hands and feet of Christ during these challenging times”

Walk Thru the Bible, in partnership with turn the tide 4 children, provides support to church-run projects which minister to vulnerable children. These projects are actively involved in Bible teaching and discipling the children, as well as meeting some of their physical needs.

The projects are in poverty-stricken communities, where unemployment and poverty are some of the many challenges that families face. Due to lockdown, many of these projects had to adapt – both to meet the increased needs within their communities and to comply with government restrictions.

Please pray for these projects – as they are the hands and feet of Christ during these challenging days – and as they bring the Word of God and meet the physical needs of the people.

Click here to read about a project who are “Trying to do what Jesus would do”
and here to read how “The food parcels were an answer to prayer”.

• Under-resourced pastors

Pastor’s Circle brings hope and is so relevant to our communities

“Pastor’s Circle brings hope and is so relevant to our communities”

We have been so encouraged by the feedback we have received from Pastor’s Circle. Since the last Pastor’s Circle training event, just days before the lockdown, the pastors have already taught three times more people than in the previous six months!

Pastor’s are saying:

“The sermons are so easy to use! They help to educate you and develop you to know how to preach.”  

People need this teaching. They are so thirsty for the Word of God.” 

Click here to read how one passionate pastor kept preaching the Pastor’s Circle sermons during lockdown.

More about Pastor’s Circle…

Pastor’s Circle encourages Bible teaching by providing easy-to-use sermons and tools for pastors, as well as a network of support. The aim is to support the local church, recognising that pastors face immense challenges that often include a lack of resources and training.

• The Biblically unengaged

Striving to help people everywhere live God’s Word

“Striving to help people everywhere live God’s Word”

Click to read about 

otLIVE: equipping those who minister in the inner city    

The group from MES who recently did otLIVE as part of their training for ministry to street children and the homeless in Johannesburg

For more on partnering with Walk Thru the Bible see www.bible.org.za/partner/ 

Ministering amidst the pandemic

Ministering amidst the pandemic

A story from Xolani, an otLIVE instructor, who has found creative ways to minister despite the pandemic…

“We have just started weekly otLIVE lessons which we run on Sundays in the yard of our home.

About 30 children from the community attend. We do the otLIVE lessons outside and try to comply with government regulations regarding social distancing and mask-wearing. Not easy with children!

This has been like a breath of fresh air for our family to get back to serving the kids. And you can see that the children have just been yearning for this!

 

 

 

Things are very tough for people generally in our community. The economic fallout from the pandemic has been massive. Families are in distress. Many have lost their jobs. The children often arrive hungry – so our church has been involved in reaching out with food parcels.”

(The outreach project run by Xolani’s church is one of those which are supported by Walk Thru the Bible, in partnership with turn the tide 4 children.)

First online training of otLIVE instructors

First online training of otLIVE instructors

Lockdown brought many ‘firsts’ for us all.

For Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa, this included our first online training of otLIVE instructors in Nigeria and India. What a privilege it was to partner with Walk Thru the Bible USA for these exciting events. We thank the Lord for technology that allows us to cross even closed borders!

As our South African trainer explains:

“There was such a wonderful energy that came from bringing together different teaching styles and cultures. How wonderful to see the passion and joy in the new Nigerian instructors – who were so creative in coming up with songs to help them remember the story and hand signs. Thank the Lord for Zoom which has opened up so many new opportunities.”

 

“These new otLIVE instructors are like wildfire going through the schools in Nigeria. They have all already taught many events, and otLIVE has been received with great excitement and enthusiasm.”

“otLIVE helped me to understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning!”

“otLIVE helped me to understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning!”

Moms-for-Wellington are a passionate group of women from a cross section of society in the town of Wellington in the Western Cape of South Africa. The group is committed to serving the vulnerable children in their community through structured initiatives such as discipleship, feeding and pre-school programs.

The otLIVE instructor relates:

“It was a great time doing an otLIVE Live Event for Moms-for-Wellington. What a great opportunity to invest in the lives of the ladies who disciple and work with the children. This was a way empowering them with a better understanding of the Bible – both as they minister to the children and to enrich their personal walks with the Lord.

Afterwards some of the enthusiastic group of moms shared their feedback:

“I have such a sense of accomplishment! I never thought I could understand the big picture of the Old Testament in just one morning – but otLIVE helped me to do that!”

“I am surprised at how much I learned in just one day.”

“This is great, easy to learn material”.

May the Lord bless and strengthen these precious ladies as they minister to the vulnerable children in their community.