“The learners have changed their behaviour and attitude.
The otLIVE lessons have also assisted learners in the prevention of COVID-19 because learners were using measures of COVID–19 like wearing of face masks, during the presentation of the lessons.”
otLIVE is back! And being taught in 52 Malawi schools **
We are so thankful for this opportunity to again bring the good news of God and His kingdom to these children by using otLIVE. (otLive teaches the big picture of the Bible in a fun and interactive way.)
The instructors in Malawi have reported:
“Schools are now approaching us and asking us to come to bring these otLIVE lessons to them as well. They say ‘what you teach is better than our religious education lessons.’”
“Even children of other faiths are enjoying the lessons based on otLIVE.”
Please also pray for the country of Malawi as it continues to battle the Covid 19 pandemic.
(** Subject to government regulations regarding the virus)
Stephan de Villiers, a Sharpening Your People Skills Instructor, shares his insights after a recent Live Event at Luxe College for Social Services in Johannesburg:
“It was so refreshing to teach a Live Event again – in a real classroom, with real (masked and socially distanced) people in front of me. This, especially so, after a year marked by ‘zoom fatigue’ and isolation.
This training in people skills was so relevant to the students in front of me – who are training as community and social workers. But I just realized afresh how we all need people skills – pandemic or not – but maybe even more so because of the pandemic and our socially distanced habits!
Sharpening your People Skills is such a great way to add value in a post-Covid world.”
About Sharpening your People Skills
Sharpening your People Skills is a one-day Live Event that will help you better understand yourself, understand others, and give you the skills to improve relationships in every area of your life. Please click here for more information.
Feedback from the participants at the Luxe College Live Event:
This has changed me because now I understand where people are coming from.
~ Thembeni Mahlabe
I have realized that I shouldn’t be judgemental towards others who are different to me. I understand better how to support others.
~ Gelinda Maditsi
Now I know my own strengths and weaknesses and how to interact with people who are different to me.
~ Nomsa Baloyi
I am better equipped to handle relational conflict.
~ Obakeng Chabase
This course helped to define myself, before interacting with others.
~ Mageh Mahentsa
I now have a better perspective on my current working environment.
~ Jacqueline Morwalle
“I didn’t realise how the Bible would come alive once I knew the history of these books, and how they fit together!”
“I didn’t expect this would be so fun! I was learning so much but enjoying it the whole time!”
“People were engaged and enjoying themselves during otLIVE. Every time they heard the words, ‘Back to creation!’ there was laughter and groans as together they remembered the major people and events of the Old Testament.”
“Praise God that people were also visibly moved by the personal application points during the event. These really ministered to people, many of whom were church leaders.”
This is just some of the feedback from the attendees at the otLIVE seminar hosted by Union Bible Institute in KwaZulu Natal. The event catered to both English and isiZulu speakers – and included Bible Institute students and members of the community.
Walk Thru the Bible’s otLIVE seminar unpacks the big picture of the Old Testament in an exciting way using interactive hand signs. It will bring people together, help them to understand the storyline of the Bible and ignite a passion for God’s word.
For more information about otLIVE and hosting this Live Event in your church, please click here.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”