Anna Maria (Burundi): “Yes! Yes, I am very happy about this. People love stories so much, especially those of us who are Africans. I have memorized very well the story about Zacchaeus. I tell this story and people listen and they are interested and they want me to tell them even more stories.”
- What is this story about?
- What did you learn?
- How are you going to obey this Scripture?
- Who are you going to share this story with?
“For me, I can tell you how I am using it. First, I find someone or even a group of women. I ask them if I can tell them a story. For example, I love the story in Acts 3 about the time Peter and John went to the Temple. Do you remember the story? There was a man just there who had been crippled his whole life. He was always begging for money there. When Peter and John passed by, he even asked them for some money. But Peter said, ‘I don’t have any such thing as money, but I have something else.’ And he told the man to stand up and walk by the power of Jesus Christ. Peter lifted him up and the man jumped and started walking. He was even jumping and walking and praising God.
“So, first I tell them the story and then we talk about the story. I ask them some questions as we discuss. After that, I tell them we are going to put on a play about this story and I tell this one, ‘You are the crippled man’ and I tell that one, ‘you are Peter’ and the other one ‘you are Paul’ and ‘you people will be the crowd passing by going to the Temple.’ And, so they act the story out and many people from just around and children, they come to watch. After that we sing a song telling the story about what has just happened. The people, they are so happy for this. They are clapping and singing and jumping with the song.
“I use many stories from the Bible in this way, using storytelling, then acting, then singing. Another example, I can tell you. They love so much the story about small, small David and how he defeated Goliath. Ah, there are so many, and we have really loved this training. It will make our work go far.”