A great new Bible story resource in Thai is available from Crown Financial Ministries. It is a DVD that contains 6 Bible story videos dealing with debt, stewardship and integrity in finances. A series of workbooks that go along with the DVD is also available. Both the videos and the workbooks are very good for small groups. These materials can be ordered from the eSTAR Foundation on this web page. Please call Gregg Nicholson at 081-373-4862 for more information.
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70% of the world (4 billion people) are preferred oral learners. God’s Story (available in 350 languages) and STS (being used in 100 countries) are evangelizing and disciplining through a reproducible story model which inductively observes and applies narratives from the Scriptures. Dr. Larry Dinkins gave a workshop entitled “Inductive Bible Study for Oral Learners” at the Global Children’s Ministry Equip 2016 conference for youth workers held in Chiang Mai held from May 19th though May 21st. A recording of Larry’s presentation can be download here (36 Mb, 33 minutes). Simply ‘right-click’ on the link and then ‘Save As …’ on your computer.
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Dr. Larry Dinkins recent published an article titled “The Power of Story Telling” on the OMF Thailand web site. The article starts off …
“ On my first day in a small village in Mukdahan province of Northeast Thailand, I was sitting in my host’s house and noticed an eight year old girl who seemed to be leaning over a fence. When I observed her for a couple of more moments I realized she had fallen into a barb wire fence! I rushed out and picked her up, but her clothes were caught on the barb wire. …”
Follow this link to read the full article or download a .pdf copy of the story here.
Dr. Larry Dinkins spoke on orality and story telling at the Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) a few years ago. In his lectures, Larry gave a theological and biblical basis for storying. The first lecture deals with primary orality – learners who are non-literate. The second lecture deals with secondary orality – learners who are literate but prefer not read. Lectures three and four use aspects of the Simply the Story method as a basic pattern of how to practically present Bible stories.
The Dinkins Dallas Theological Seminary lectures can be downloaded here :
Dr. Larry Dinkins has videotaped a 10 minute introduction to Simply the Story (STS) in Thai. The video starts with the “Storm Story” and then goes on to give some of the background and impact of STS in Thailand. You can watch the video here :
Dr. Larry Dinkins recommends the following excerpt from a radio broadcast by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. who is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this excerpt from a radio program broadcast on April 19, 2014, Dr. Mohler addresses a question from a missionary in Peru about the role of story telling in teaching illiterate people the truths found in the God’s Word. Click this link to listen to the excerpt or ‘Right-click’ to download the excerpt to your computer.
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The Chiang Mai Community Church (CMCC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand has a number of small groups which meet during the week. One of those small groups is focused on Bible storying and uses the ST4T Bible storying format. This group worked on 14 Bible stories during Fall, 2013 and the final meeting of the year was a Story Fest where all of the stories were told in sequence. Use this link to download a recording of the CMCC Fall 2013 Story Fest (12.2 Mb, 34 min.)
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Simply the Story (STS) Oral Bible Schools (OBS) are taught in a number of countries around the world. Students taking part in STS-OBSs learn to tell many Bible stories from memory. It is not unusual for a student graduating from an OBS to be able to tell accurately and lead the discussion of more than 100 different Bible stories. Here is a link to a list of 295 Bible Stories in Biblical order suitable for teaching in STS-Oral Bible Schools.
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Dr. Larry Dinkins teamed up with Pastor John Gittisarn of Hollywood, California in September, 2013 and video taped a 1 hour and 35 minute introduction to Simply the Story (STS) in Thai. The entire presentation can be viewed and/or downloaded here. Be sure to let your Thai friends and neighbors know about this new resource.