The Storying Scarf is a tool to help teach people who don't read, oralists, the main truths of the Bible. It is designed to be used with a method called Chronological Storying. Each of the 21 pictures on the scarf illustrates one story. The picture-stories are in the order they were revealed in the Bible.
These stories were selected because they meet the spiritual needs and clarify the spiritual misunderstandings of non-orthodox Muslim oralists. If you're working with a non-Muslim or more-literate group, you should adapt this material to the world view of your listeners.
In the rest of this document, you'll find:
But, before jumping into all this, let me help you understand a little more about oralists and storying.
What is an oralist?
An oralist is a person who gets and gives most information in life by listening and speaking to others. Commonly, oralists cannot read or read poorly. Oralists learn by hearing and recalling verbal events: stories.
Most of the people outside of North America, Europe, and East Asia are oralists. Oralism is on the rise in advanced countries as electronic media replaces reading for many people. Most people in Biblical times were also oralists. That is why Jesus told so many stories. In fact, more than 75% of the Bible is stories! People understand stories. Storying works!
What is Storying?
Chronological Storying consists of telling Bible stories in the order that they are given in the Bible. Stories are told in a series over a period of time to a relatively constant group of people. The goal of storying is that the listeners will learn, understand, and be able to communicate the stories, consistently and interestingly.
This series of stories becomes a "mental Bible," for the hearers. Thus, they need not be able to read to learn and share the truths of Scripture.
A central characteristic of storying is that the storyteller focuses on the story and avoids telling the hearers all the implications of the story. Storying is not traditional preaching! Preaching tells people what to do. Storying reminds people of how God and man have dealt with problems. Then, the listeners draw their own conclusions.
Oralists tend not to remember outlines, lists, implications, interpretations, and other expository material. But, they remember stories very well!
Storying is one of the most exciting ways to evangelize, teach, disciple, and train leaders. It is incredible how fast people can learn and how well they remember the stories. And best of all, storying is fun!
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