Oral Learners Initiative

We help churches to engage with oral learners through media, story-based discipleship, and mobile technology. We produce resources to help churches reach and train oral learners.

We also compile and distribute the helpful digital resources of other ministries into large international networks of churches.

Most of the world prefers stories, songs, media, and other oral learning methods instead of reading. Even if people could read, and they had a printed Bible, they often don't read it. Most languages groups of the world have very few gospel resources (if any), and they often do not have access to them. Most of the unreached of the world live in countries with very few distribution points for gospel resources, and most of those have very few indigenous gospel resource content creators. Most of the world has a mobile phone, but they don't have the internet. Even if they did, they would often not know what, where, or how to download. We overcome these challenges through offline digital distribution, software development, oral learner ministry education, and church training in mobile ministry and oral learner best practices.

social.techcrunch.com 04/10/2017

Report: Android overtakes Windows as the internet’s most used operating system

Phone use keeps growing. Now the most popular operating system in the world is one made for smartphones. https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/03/statcounter-android-windows/

social.techcrunch.com Mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the internet and apps. A clear reminder of that comes with news of a..


Museum of the Bible

J.R.R. Tolkien, on the Bible.


Audio Bible testimony from Northern India.

Changed life from audio Scripture resource. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCvLyjNRZt0

Audio Bible testimony from Northern India.

lastdaysministries.org 03/13/2017


Be willing to change tools. "My piano is not my cross, it is my tool. I'd never play it again if God would show me a more effective tool in my life for proclaiming His Gospel." - Keith Green http://www.lastdaysministries.org/Groups/1000086193/Last_Days_Ministries/Articles/By_Keith_Green/Music_or_Missions/Music_or_Missions.aspx #mobmin

lastdaysministries.org Last Days Ministries, Melody Green and Keith Green official website.


Adidas – Break Free

Remove barriers to Hope. (lack of internet, illiteracy, distance, cost, culture, language) #HopeatHand #TheWordisNear #MobilePhoneGospel #OfflineDigitalDistribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXfLl3qYy0k

Cinematographer: http://mortimerfilm.de, Music: http://facebook.com/alexwolfdavid Editor: http://www.ernstlattik.com Director: http://www.eugen-merher.com Br...


If you can read, and want to read it all, click the picture.

aljazeera.com 03/02/2017

Mongolia's nomads warm to solar power

Between phones and solar, even more nomads now have the potential to receive & watch/listen to digital resources. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/mongolia-nomads-warm-solar-power-201312813468350849.html

aljazeera.com Portable solar panels are helping the sunny country's nomads - without disrupting their way of life.



This illustrates how phones are used for meaningful messages by young and old, who teach one another. Condolences to Geet and family on his passing today.

90% of people will relate to this video. Inspired by true life events, watch until the end for a Father's Day lesson you will never forget. Please SHARE this powerful message with your friends and family!

I request you to support my aim of becoming India's first WHEELCHAIR ACTRESS by LIKING my page Geet & COMMENTING on this video.


While Peter told the powerful story of Jesus for the first time to non-Jewish people, "the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word....For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God." Acts 10:44-46 ESV

Now in 2017: "The number of people with no access to the Gospel is growing by on the order of 20 million per year. There are thousands of places and hundreds of millions of people who will never hear. We will not bring the Gospel to them unless we mobilize and send more people." http://justinlong.org/2016/10/doing-the-impossible/


Youth Matters

Our digital resources open doors to many, even in villages. This is why village evangelism is important, according to a long-time gospel worker Brother R. Stanley:

"We chose village evangelism as our main activity...
1. Villagers are simple in their thinking and lifestyle because they are not much affected by the sophistication and complexity of urban life.

2. Villagers in general are less hypocritical than city-dwellers. Their response is not formal.

3. Indian villagers are known for their loving hospitality. Even the poorest of the poor will come forward with "water for feet and oil for head!"

4. Because 80% of Christian money and manpower is spent in cities and towns which hold only 20% of the country’s population, villages are a virgin soil. Therefore the harvest is always better. [Note: 2011 update in his country's urban population is 31% ]

5. Less educated and less civilized people get easily excited about the Good News (1 Cor 1:26,27).

6. Villagers have more free time than their urban counterparts. Therefore they listen to the message more leisurely.

7. Children in villages come flocking to listen to the visitors! The visiting urbanites are respected as educated and wise."

Source: http://www.stanleyonbible.com/ym/ym.htm



"Schools in Africa let students recharge phones while they sit in class - parents in areas where there is no electricity typically send their phones in with the kid, to get a full charge every few days (note, these are obviously the type of basic Nokia phones that have batteries that go on for many days). In Pakistan there is a wonderful story across the often-fought border, where some send phones from the village across the border, on the India side, where they don’t have electricity in that village, to the town on the Pakistan side, where there is electricity. And the phones are charged there and then sent back to India for those villagers. Because the mobile phone handset itself is so easily portable, and has a rechargeable battery, that makes it possible to expand the reach of mobile far beyond the reach of electricity."

Quote from Tomi Ahonen in http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2017/02/the-facts-based-survey-of-mobile-money-globally-focusing-on-the-reality-and-numbers-ignores-totally-.html
Photo from Adam Cohn CC-BY-ND-NC 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamcohn/6311096617


For Africa, there must be an offline strategy to share digital gospel resources. "Many of the least economically developed
nations surveyed are in sub-Saharan Africa, and consequently, only a quarter of the adult population across the nine African nations surveyed has internet access." (source: page 9 of http://www.pewglobal.org/files/2016/02/pew_research_center_global_technology_report_final_february_22__2016.pdf)


Gospel-less people don't wait.



Let's make audio & video Bible resources accessible to all.

"We have discovered through our research large behavioral
differences between Christians who read or LISTEN to the Bible at least four days a week and those who engage with scripture less often. Controlling for other factors, ... higher odds of:
 Sharing faith with others = 228% higher odds
 Discipling others = 231% higher odds
 Memorizing scripture = 407% higher odds

 Getting drunk = 57% lower odds
 S*x outside marriage = 68% lower odds
 Po*******hy = 61% lower odds
 Gambling = 74% lower odds"
The “power of 4” is evident when we consider that for some of these behaviors (getting drunk and s*x outside marriage) examined there is no statistical difference between Christians
who read or listen to the Bible two to three days a week and those who do not engage scripture at all or only once a week. For those behaviors where there is an effect for engaging scripture two to three days a week, the effect is much smaller than for four or more days a week.

Thanks to Back to the Bible for this research.http://www.backtothebible.org/files/web/docs/cbe/Scientific_Evidence_for_the_Power_of_4.pdf (page 7,8)



Is the church growing, falling behind, or both?

(video length: 01:49) Molly Wall and Jason Mandryk of Operation World deliver a "State of the World" address. You may have heard about the global church growing. But is it keeping up with population growth of the unevangelized? After watching this brief clip, there's more at https://youtu.be/vV7214Qtoas?t=1611)

dailyaudiobible.com 01/02/2017

Daily Audio Bible | A Bible App to Make Daily Reading Easy

Not all oral learners live in distant countries. If you've ever thought, "I'd like to get into a good habit of being in the Word daily, but I'm a slow reader, get bored, get distracted easily", etc., then you may want to try the Daily Audio Bible! Its great for a daily commute. You will love listening to Brian Hardin read the Scriptures while you drive! Each day is a portion of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It's like having a really wonderful narrator read to you – totally brings the Bible alive! It's an app for your phone, but is also online. Check it out! https://dailyaudiobible.com/

dailyaudiobible.com Daily Audio Bible is committed to helping Christian’s get into a daily rhythm with the Bible and prayer, through our mobile Bible app and online community.

twitter.com 12/25/2016

David Saleeba on Twitter

Some books can help oral learners. This is one.

twitter.com “Romans commentary by @mbird12 is my only book *just* the right size to boost the projector up. I promise it has more uses than this!!!”

justinlong.org 12/24/2016

Stuffing vs. Starving: isn’t the Gospel available to all?

"We should not conclude the ‘Christian cloud’ reaches everyone. There are millions across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, for example, who do not have Internet access, or televisions, and may not have radios. They do not personally know a Christian and have no access to the Gospel."

justinlong.org While I was on a recent panel discussion about the status of the unfinished task, one of the observers commented in the chat window: it’s hard to imagine, in this day and age, that someone has no a…


Airtel Nigeria

Let's allow people around the world have gospel resources for their daily cell phone interactions, even for those without data.

Life is about creating precious moments and making connections. Tag your loved ones and #SpreadPreciousMoments this season #DataisLife Dial *141# now to #LivesmartSPEEDOO


This stack of Bibles sells in a country where 1 out of 3 people can't yet read a sentence. Most of the rest read very little at all. Its time to diversify our approach with audio and video gospel resources available onto people's phone through their local church. And why stop there? How about local phone accessory shops too?


Many countries still have a majority of their phones being non-smart-phones.


Pentecost scene from one of earliest picture Bible story books. (586 A.D) This was cutting edge technology for Asia to reach oral learners during middle ages. Source: http://buff.ly/2eYFsoF

uosmartbeam.com 10/18/2016

UO Smart Beam Laser Projector

The price drop of mini-projectors are not far behind the price drop of smartphones. This $419 one is amazing, and is cheaper than the cheapest decent smartphones were 4-5 years ago. Churches just need copies of the available videos in their language, and they'll be ready. http://buff.ly/2enl1jP

uosmartbeam.com * Laser Projector Conveys a clear picture by implementing a maximum brightness of 60 ANSI Lumens using a laser power source. The display uses LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon). * Wired/Wireless Modes…

eiabd.com 10/17/2016

English in Action

Glad to see these ideas used for education too, this in Bangladesh. "schools programme... includes ... audio-visual professional development and classroom resources made available at low cost through memory (SD) cards on teachers’ mobile phones"

eiabd.com English in Action


OMPT Animation

Glad to see these ideas used for health too.

Please view our page http://facebook.com/ompt.org Please view our Website http://OMPT.org One Mobile Projector per Trainer (OMPT) empowers internati...

freakonomics.com 10/15/2016

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts - Freakonomics

Benefits of listending to audio stories: "One recent MRI study sheds some light, finding that a certain kind of storytelling stimulates enormous activity across broad swaths of the brain."

freakonomics.com Neuroscientists have a great deal to learn about the human brain. One recent MRI study sheds some light: you should be listening to even more podcasts.

nellybube.no 10/05/2016

Fra Eden til Damaskus (1-26)

Its wonderful to see Bible story art made by artists from other cultures.

nellybube.no Copyright

[10/04/16]   Thirty years ago no one wanted a cell-phone. Today everybody feels that they need one. So it is with the Gospe; it creates its own market.
- Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

[10/04/16]   Marinate your mind and soak your soul in the Story of Scripture - (Len Sweet)


I want to go to his church.

twitter.com 09/14/2016

Mutiganda wa Nkunda on Twitter

twitter.com “What do you [first] think when you meet a beggar [on street] who got a mobile phone? Sometimes expensive than yours!? Just musings! #Rwot”


Chapter 1

"People may not have full stomachs or a toothbrush, but they have phones."

quizlet.com 09/02/2016

Leebu (proverbs)

"The egg and rock should not wrestle." Some oral learners communicate truth through proverbs. Here's more from Senegal, Africa.

quizlet.com 15 terms · Ku yaag ci teen, baag fekk la fa → For he who waits at the well,…, Kéwél du tëb doom ja bëtt. → The leaping gazelle does not p…, Janax du jur lu dul luy gas → The rat only begets that…



Imagine hearing the gospel for the first time on one of these cardboard record players? http://buff.ly/2bxEXQ8 This was used for decades to reach oral learners, but rarely today. http://buff.ly/2bxFx05

Lyon Blue Smith demonstrates an amazing device made from cardboard that can play a vinyl phonograph without electricity, even outdoors in "the wilds of North...


Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Mix music & movement takes people further.

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus". ...

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Is the church growing, falling behind, or both?
Visit to Rwanda
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1. Video ministry training course for oral learners viewable on mobile phone.
2. Collections of digital biblical video, audio, and print resources in various languages useable on mobile phone.
3. Voice-calling software for communicating an engaging story to a large number of mobile phone users who opt-in.
4. Devices to amplify existing mobile devices or resources to share gospel messages to small groups.



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Oral Learners Initiative partners with local churches around the world to distribute existing gospel resources from hundreds of generous providers, to resource churches to make disciples of the majority of the world who are oral learners. We also provide software to help reach their communities.
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