Jerry Wiles on Going to Jesus First, Instead of the Witch Doctor

African Women are Amazing Storytellers

A few years ago a lady in the Central African Republic heard the Story of Jesus Calming the Storm, from Mark chapter 4. After the lady heard the story for the first time, she said, “I see that those disciples went to Jesus first during that storm on the sea.” She went on to say, “I see that for me, I should be going to Jesus first, instead of the witch doctor. So, from now on, I’ll be going to Jesus, instead of the witch doctor when I face problems or storms. This is a great example of how the Holy Spirit can give insights and understanding of spiritual truths and applications, beyond what we might share.

The Power of Telling Stories and Asking Questions

The lady who told the story had just learned it in an Orality Training Workshop and immediately shared it with others in a village. In this training, it is emphasized that we don’t have to be great story tellers, because we have great stories to tell. Those experiencing Orality // Bible Storying Training discover the power of learning a little, practicing a lot, implementing immediately and telling the stories often. Participants are trained to tell the stories from the Bible, ask the right questions, facilitate small group retelling and discussion, and how to help others discover the meaning and applications from the lessons in the stories.

Where to Go during the Storms of Life

We all face storms in life – problems, pressure, difficulties or crisis situations. A great question to ask people is, “Would you like to hear a story that will help you better deal with the problems, difficulties and pressures in life?” This particular story is short and easy to learn and can be used to communicate many important lessons. We can use this story to talk about the uniqueness of Jesus, about His humanity — He was tired and sleepy, so He was sleeping in the back of the boat during the storm. Yet, He demonstrated His deity by showing His power over nature.

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