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Last Wednesday morning we visited another base as a family, because a team from MAF US came and organized a workshop in 'Oral Strategies' (how do you tell a story in an oral culture, such as Aboriginal culture). René
had arranged that we could accompany him on a chartered flight. And so we flew with an aeroplane full of Aboriginals and Janneke, Noah & Judah.

The training was really good. I was a little embarrased to realize that I consider learning by stories old-fashioned. 'Nowadays we learn from books.' We were presented with a list of ten words and were asked to remember those words. Of course this didn't go very well. Next, we were presented with a story containing those ten words. Now everyone could retell the story. Conclusion: our brain is wired in such a way that stories can be remembered easily. I was also surprised to hear that the Bible consists of 75% narrative (stories) and another 15% of poetry. This makes a total of 90% of the Bible in story form. God has matched this well to the way our brain works!


I'm always glad to have Noah flying with me, because he is such an asset.

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