7512 - Rick Leatherwood - Story Telling

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An interview with Rick Leatherwood about his work in Liberia using “story telling” to spread the gospel among the local population.

Rick and his wife have been on the mission field for 25 years, and Rick shares that one of the great needs on the mission field is that many of the unreached people of the world are not literate, and thus are unable to read the Bible in their language. Rick is working through using oral teaching with a society full of illiterate people accustomed to learning orally.

In Liberia there are 16 different people groups with 16 different languages. Perhaps 2% were reading 40-50 years ago, but even after many literacy programs in Liberia over those years, the current literacy rates have only risen to about 5%.

The four main principles in story telling are:
• the story must be biblical with no additions or preaching
• telling the complete story - no stopping to provide explanation, so as not to confuse the listener.
• the story must be in the “heart language” in order to really deeply speak to people’s hearts
• the story must be short enough to be reproducible and spread from person to person

Workshops are run to teach pastors and leaders these stories, so that they can in turn share the stories with others. This enables these Christians to share these stories from the Word of God with others, thus spreading the true message.

These stories are used in conjunction with a Saber hand wound digital player to present these audio stories in the listeners “heart language”

Saber hand wound audio player

You can read more about Rick Leatherwood, his testimony, and his work in our interview section here.