Who doesn’t love a great story? Throughout the Gospels, Jesus used simple stories to illustrate moral or spiritual lessons.
Teachers always use stories to illustrate key points in a lesson. It makes sense that a ministry like Keys For Kids would develop a whole ministry around mentoring kids in their faith. Up until a couple of years ago, a subscription magazine mainly handled that.
The spark of an idea
Then one day, at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, someone asked Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys For Kids, if they also had their devotional stories in audio form.
The more Yoder considered the request, the more he realized the untapped potential.
“There’s a lot of people who aren’t from Christian homes (who) don’t understand theological truth very well. But when you present it in a good story, even the adults get it, and the adults are able to apply it to their lives.”
As Yoder explored the possibilities, he realized, “80% of the world are oral learners. When you think that, they’re probably not going to read a devotional or read a track, they’re going to listen to something. They’re going to listen to the Storyteller units.”
From that sprang the Keys For Kids’ Storyteller program. “They’re solar powered mp3 players that have a full Bible on it, if there’s one available in audio, and then Keys For Kids’ stories in audio.”
It started with getting the Keys For Kids content translated into Spanish and loaded onto the units. But it didn’t stop there, Yoder says. “We’re very excited to share with you that we have in our hands, the Albanian, the Arabic, the Greek, and the Macedonian. And they’re ready for use.”
Igniting a passion for Christ
Yoder loves having an answer for the folks who contact him with requests like, “‘We need a resource for our children’s program in Honduras,’ or ‘…on our mission trip to Guatemala’, or ‘We’re going to be taking a trip to the Middle East, and we’d like to have some resources to take with us.’”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama