Training Pastors with Oral Technology
280 Ghanaians have graduated from Theovision’s first Oral School of the Bible offered in partnership with Moody School of the Bible.
The programme is the first Bible school in Ghana delivered using oral technology. Moody School of the Bible is a correspondence Bible School programme envisioned by Theovision International in collaboration with Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (USA), to train pastors, missionaries and Church leaders in rural communities in Ghana; using 100% oral communication technology.
Theovision International has been running Bible Listening Programs in different rural areas, among several communities and among oral cultures for many years. The Bible Listening program is a form of Bible Studies which is conducted 100% orally with the Bible in audio form. Although because of its oral nature anyone with little or no education could facilitate the listening sessions, it became obvious after many years that the facilitators needed some form of training.
To implement this vision, Theovision International translated and recorded Bible school lectures /classes from Moody Bible Institute and loaded them on solar-powered audio playback devices. The first one-year course which began in August 2016 included lessons on The Life of Christ, Basic Christian Doctrine, and Old Testament/New Testament Surveys.
The 281 participants who enrolled for this program were selected through comprehensive interviews from some Akan or Twi speaking areas like Asamankese, Nsawam & Adoagyire, Assin Fosu, Kumasi and Sehwe Wiaso. One student however dropped out and so did not graduate.
For many of the 261 students who were present to receive their certificates, the occasion was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they will never forget. Graduates and their guests were notably impressed by the splendour of the ceremony and the grandeur of the auditorium in which the ceremony took place. Many were “bursting with pride”, having been congratulated in person on their academic achievements by the President of Theovision International and the President of Moody Global Ministries.
Five students whose performances were outstanding were given awards. The categories of the awards were Overall Best Student, Most Committed Visually Challenged Student, Best Student for Life of Christ class, Best Student for Basic Christian Doctrine class and Best Student for Old/New Testament Survey class.
The future of the Oral School of the Bible is to continue with level 2 of the course which will be in Twi and Ewe, and then expanded to cover all the remaining languages in Ghana.
Recruitment of participants for level 2 has already been completed, whilst recruitment for the new batch of participants for level 1 is currently underway. Both courses will begin in January 2018.