If you’re not familiar with Giving Tuesday, this is a movement started in recent years as a response to the consumerism and commercialization of the post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza that begins with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year was our first time participating and it was a huge success because of your awesome generosity. Thanks! This year it's on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
KGM Compassion Project: $9,000
Purchases 65 goats and 500 chickens.
Provides help for 165 vulnerable people and their families in India.
Facts on how Covid-19 is impacting the poor in India:
- 736 million men and women live on less than $1.90 a day. Most don't have access to adequate food, shelter, and employment opportunities. (World Bank 2017)
- India ranks number one of countries where poverty is likely to rise the most due to Covid-19.
KGM Hope Project: $1,500
Equips 100 KGM disciples with Bible Storytelling Scarves and training
Reaching the Unreached Oral Cultures in India
Why many people don't have a literate lifestyle in India:
Characteristics of Oral Cultures:
- Oral cultures are peoples that for hundreds of years have shared, received, and recalled information with the oral arts: storytelling, drama, dance, music, song and even poetry;
- Even if people in these cultures can read or write, they still prefer to learn information and truths in the form of a story. This is true for several reasons:
- Some are illiterate. But they are intelligent men and women. Their greatest disadvantages are either they cannot read or write or they prefer to learn by audio or oral methods.
- Those that have attended school (especially younger generations) don't spend much time reading so they lose their fluency.
- Oral cultures rarely read for new information. It is believed in these cultures that trustworthy information comes from people - not the printed page.
- Most oral cultures have limited access to the internet. Worldwide 1 in 3 people have internet connection. In the areas with the most unreached peoples, the situation is worse. In 2020, India has 685 MILLION people who do not have online access to the Gospel videos or podcasts.
"India boasts one of the oldest group of oral peoples on earth with nearly 3,000 people groups that make up over 1 billion souls. We will not be reached at the core of our being with traditional approaches to evangelism and discipleship. We are oral first." Bishop Daniel Ponraj, "Is Orality Really Effective in Sharing the Gospel?" Christianity Today
"Persecution is increasing... When people do open air preaching or use tracts they can face persecution. Even carrying or giving out Christian materials can get people arrested. When we tell stories, no one can say anything. I tell you that storytelling is the best and safest way for reaching our country. One day storytelling will be the only way for the church to sustain and multiply here.” Field Stories, Scriptures-In-Use