Thank you letters      


         My name is Daniel Thomas I live in Jamaica. While on a missions trip in Arizona I was taught the string ministry, and after that I have led probably fifty people to the Lord through it. I am actually in New York, now, and me and my family are going to Africa on a missions trip. We left a lot of our strings in Jamaica by mistake, and it would be cool if we could have string in Africa, this is like a last resort thing. We leave on Thursday, so if you could send five hundred or so strings to Bronx NewYork, before then that would be totally awesome. I think this would be awesome for this trip. If there is a a cost for the string we will meet it, thank you.
Daniel Thomas... ,, missionary to the world
        I am very sorry for taking so long to email you. My family and I had an awesome timeon our missions trip in Africa. We went through Tanzania, Swaziland and South Africa. Everywhere we went my brother, Josef, and I did the string demonstrations. In Arusha, a town next to Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania we taught roughly 100 people the string tricks and gave them a string each. Thday after we taught a group of about 50 or so, we went out into the streets the very next day, in between sessions (we were running a seminar) and in 45 mins over twenty people accepted Christ into their hearts, one man even going down on His knees immediately to do so. The following day we went out into the streets again this timne for a whole session, of about 2 and a half hours and many many people accepted the Lord too, (I cannot write of a number as we did not give a public report of each groups exploits as was done in the 45 minute period, but it must have been a lot.) In Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, we taught roughly 20 people the string tricks and the next day one of the young men that we taught went out into the streets and led three people to the Lord, the very night. A little later on a young man that we taught in Arusha, went to his boarding school where he showed his class the demonstations, and around 20 of them accepted Christ. He then taught a few people giving them the string I gave him and they too learnt it, when the string ran out the students began to spread the gospel through the use of their shoe lace. Hallellujah.
           In Swaziland as part of the 40 40 celebration in the Kingdm of Swaziland we proposed to the country that we would teach 40 people the string tricks. This being done on nationwide television. Whilemy brother and I were doing the tricks on the television a lady saw us and it caught her attention, she tuned in to the program wher emy father, Dr Donovan Thomas and mummy, Faith Thomas were speaking about forgiveness, rejection and suicide. After the program she sent a text message to a number given saying that she was palnning to kill her husband. Daddy and mummy were able to arrange to meet with her and provide counselling at the end of which she said "I feel so happy, I feel so happy, I AM FREE." We then went on to taech the forty people.
              In South Africa we were give the opportunity to teach a whole youth group, about forty people, it was quite hard but they loved it and were encouragedto practice and to minister to their friends, neighbours and just random people on the road. 
        The people in every case are overjoyed to see and even more to learn the string tricks, it is an amazing tool the Lord has given us. ANd it has reached many many many persons all over these three countries, and beyond. Thanks you so much for your support and quick response to getting the strings to us earlier, Mr Titus. We are making every effort to get the money to you for the 500 we recieved.
Praise God for the wonderful success He ha sbrought us on our missions trip.
Daniel Thomas,
Missionary to the world



1 July 1999

Afia Griffith

Associate for Mission Personnel

Global Ministries

PO Box 1986

Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986



Concerning: David Titus at United Mission to Nepal’s Annual Conference


Dear Afia,


About one month ago our UMN Annual conference ended. this is one week of retreat, recreation, and worship for over 400 people. For young and old, it is a highlight of a busy year.


We on the AC Committee had heard of David Titus for some time. "The String Man" thus arrived as a somewhat mythical being, and we all wondered what we were in for. The answers soon became apparent. From the first general meeting on, David led us into his stories and games. It is a unique ministry.


David devoted much of his time to the Children’s groups, helping the teams that had come from American The evidence of his involvement was seen in the scores of kids, large and small, walking around making string figures. I sat in on one of David’s workshops: although for adults, this session on story telling made the point that we kids and adults are not so different after all. I was touched by the indomitable light spirit of this man. What he has to say about the Lord is simple and profound.


As I sat in the audience for the last session of AC, which was led by David, embellished by his stories, a thought occurred to me. Standing up there at the podium, he appeared to be a telescope, through which we could look into a marvelous land - where we are all children again and where the focus is on Jesus. Thank you for enabling David to come to us.


May the Lord continue to bless you in all you do.


Faithfully yours,




Mark D. Zimmerman, MD

Annual Conference Chairperson


Publication:The Lawton Constitution; Date:Jun 21, 2008; Section:Religion; Page Number:6    

Titus gets all tied up in his ministry



    Stories are often told as much with the hands as with words. David Titus tells his stories with string.

    Titus said he spent most of his life as a librarian.

    “Storytelling is a part of the job, and I made it a bigger part of it because I was good at it,” he said.

    Now he uses his talents in String Ministry. The 68-yearold has spent the last 18 years as a professional storyteller. For a while, he didn’t use any kind of visual aids.

    “God let me get by with it for a while, and then God gave me a piece of string,” he said.

    Now any time he tells a story, he makes the string figures without looking away from the person he’s talking to.

    He has found, in traveling to 35 countries, that string figures are practically universal.

    “I haven’t been to a culture yet that doesn’t do some of the string figures,” he said.

    He said he can approach people in any country, hand them a looped string and he or she will start a string figure or “cat’s cradle.” Once, in a refugee camp in Ghana, he approached a grandmother with a string and she started a cat’s cradle.

    “When I’m on my knees in front of Grandmother, I’ve got it made in that whole camp,” he said.

    He uses the “hand trap” as a cornerstone in the ministry. He said he will do it once and ask if the person knows the story that goes with it; then he does it again with the story.

    The hand trap: You put your hand through a loop that he closes around your wrist, explaining everyone is trapped by sin. Then you meet Jesus, he touches one finger to each palm (a fairly well understood signal for crucifixion). You turn your hand up and through another loop, which is symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection, and your wrist is freed.

    “When you’re in the middle of the mountains of Ghana, you don’t want to get too into deep Bible theology,” he said. “What I’m doing with String Ministry is simple enough to work for Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians — I can support any missionary out there.”

    He started out knowing only a few of the figures: cup and saucer, and long tailed fox, for example. During a visit with villages in Alaska, he learned “porcupine climbs a tree.” He said he also learned that some of the figures he knew had steps beyond what the string figure books show. For example, the “squished mosquito,” “making the fox run” and others.

    “I got hooked. Part of it is the beauty of the figures,” he said. The other part is that instruction books left out part of the figures.

    On one of his early mission trips, to the Russian Far East, he pulled out a string and started creating figures.

    “All of a sudden, we had twoway communication,” he said. “Then we’re sharing, we’re trading, we’re communicating, and it’s not me preaching at them.”

    He said he knows about 300 figures, and he still learns from time to time. He taught an Eskimo student a string trick that starts with a loop around the neck and ends with the loop coming off when it looks like it shouldn’t.

    Titus said the student developed a story to go with the figure. He put the string over his hand and said he was being pulled around, closed the loop and said he was killed by sin, touched his palms and said Jesus made a crown for him as a gift. He held the crown over his head and said he knew he was going to mess up. He folded his hand in the symbol for prayer and said that, with prayer and Jesus, he would be free, and the loop pops off his neck.

    Titus said the student created the story to go with the trick so he could talk to his family about Christ. Titus adopted the story and uses it himself now because it works and has all the principal teachings he wants to impart.

    “I believe the Holy Ghost gave him the story,” Titus said.

    Another student took the Navajo blanket or hammock and figured out how to turn it into the cross. Then the student figured out how to add a loop for the head of Jesus on the cross.

    Titus figures to teach the creation story, separation from God, the story of the rich young ruler, and reconnection with God through Jesus.

    The reconnection lesson uses two loops that he connects. He can also perform it with two strings, which form two connections.

    “If I connect with another person, I also connect with God,” he said.

    He said he doesn’t call what

he does magic, though he admits it’s mystical to watch, “but God is mystical (too).” He said he will teach anything he shows and share anything he knows, if people want to ask.

    “When I go into a place, I assume by the time I leave the word will be out that I’m a Christian from America,” he said.

    He said it doesn’t matter if they take anything else away from their time with him than that. It leaves people with a positive impression of Americans and Christians, and that’s a start.

    “If they want to know more about Christianity, they can find out — they can ask me or they can ask someone else,” he said.

MICHAEL D. POPE/STAFF David Titus finishes the string heart that is the logo of String Ministries.



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"In this issue (January 2001), INTERPRETER  presents 25 people -- the 15 "best" and 10 honorable mentions -- who embody United Methodist Witness and Mission. 

In making our selections, we looked for people:

-Whose ministries took them beyond the four walls of the church building or holding offices at local, regional or churchwide levels;

-Who use their talents and resources to further the cause of Christ;

-Who embody the Wesleyan spirit of scriptural and social holiness;

-Who are helping connect the Christian faith with human need in ways that are measurable; and

-Of whom pastors, church members and friends said, "We wish we had a hundred more like her/him."



String Ministries, Inc. Executive Director, David Titus, received honorable mention in January 2001 issue of the Interpreter


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David Titus, Lawton Heights Church, Lawton, Oklahoma, is know as "the string man". A traveling storyteller, he collects string and string toys, using them to teach, pray with and entertain people from Alaska to Mongolia.