“If you gave a Bible to everyone in the world in his or her own language, the majority could not read it!”
The world’s majority is composed of primarily oral and visual learners, rather that literary readers.
It was on this reality that the International Orality Network was born, founded by the late Dr. Avery Willis, with the desire to complete the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28: 18-20) by including an emphasis on reaching the world’s oral majority.
Rev. Samuel Chiang of Hong Kong is the successor to Dr. Willis and is now ION’s Executive Director. He can be heard “right now” by accessing the radio conversation that is available below for anytime listening. In his own words, Samuel explains the vision and ministry of ION … and invites us all to ION’s Annual Conference, the next one (as I write) in St. Louis, MO September 16 – 19, 2013. More info is available at www.orality.net.
Some of Samuel Chiang’s background:
· Born in Taiwan;
· Grew up in Canada;
· Played the violin for his bride as she walked down the aisle as their wedding;
· Graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and served on its staff;
· Ministers alongside the Global Church, with extensive experiences with the Church in China;
· Author and writer of many ministry-related materials; serves as an editor of the “Orality Journal;”
· Served as the Chief Operating Officer for Trans World Radio (www.twr.org);
· “… Currently the Executive Director of International Orality Network which involves over 1,200 participating organizations and denominations globally and aims to make the Word of God available to unreached people groups using appropriate oral strategies, which are clearly communicated in their mother tongue, so that oral communicators may hear, understand, respond, live out, and further reproduce the message of the Gospel.”
· He taught his family how to fish, and is an avid runner and reader!