The Power of Stories

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.”

John 15:16a

Dear Friends & Partners,

Incredible discipleship through storytelling is changing lives across West Africa. One lady from southern Togo heard storytellers after the JESUS film was shown in her village. She was so intrigued when her brother began to tell stories about the Bible in their home.

She said to her brother, “Can a person learn the stories of the Bible without actually reading the Bible?” Her brother said “yes!” Each night he told a different story in their home in their own language, and everyone in the house had a chance to share what the story meant to them. In just a matter of a week, she received Christ as her personal Savior and fell in love with the stories from the Bible.

She soon learned 6 stories and how to tell them herself. She began sharing these stories twice a week in her village with her neighbors. Only one month after she gave her life to Christ, she found her calling to reach out to others and win them to Christ. After telling her stories, she would pray for people and many gave their lives to Christ. 

Soon it was time to baptize all those who had given their lives to Christ in the past month. She was so excited because on the same day that she was baptized, many of her neighbors and friends were baptized together.

The leaders recognized her role in her neighbors’ story of salvation so one by one as they entered the water, she laid her hands on them and prayed for them…and then they were baptized!


Oh, what joy comes to those who find salvation in the life-transforming truths of the scriptures! 

Will you pray for this lady and so many others like her, who are being empowered by hearing the Word of God on audio Bibles and learning the stories to tell others about Jesus?

Tim Eby
Africa JESUS Film Regional Coordinator

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