Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 26th, 2015 Newsletter

Allow images to see this picture.Our family just got bigger!

We recently had the privilege of getting to know some of our extended Wycliffe family during Equip training at Wycliffe USA in Orlando, FL. It was encouraging to meet others sharing the same passion for those still in darkness without God’s Word in their own language. While at Equip, we were challenged and prepared for the task ahead of us.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Perfect obedience

I was reading in John chapter 14 this morning, which includes some of Jesus' last words to His disciples. It is sandwiched between His washing the feet of His disciples (including Judas) before eating the Passover with them for the last time, and His time in the garden of Gethsemane where He is betrayed by Judas, ultimately to His death. Jesus is trying to communicate, among other things, that He is going away to His death, but that it will be ok, He will live again and be back to set things right.

In John 14 verse 31, I was impacted heavily by the obedience of Jesus when He says,

Sunday, February 15, 2015

God makes beautiful things

Original painting by Amy Binder
For two weeks in January, we were at the Wycliffe USA headquarters in Orlando, Florida for Equip training. While we were there, we came across the image you see to the right, which hangs at the end of a long hallway. It depicts a Fore woman in Papua New Guinea reading a portion of the Word of God.

At first glance, it appears to be a black and white photograph, but as you draw ever closer to it, you realize that it is actually a painting made completely of fingerprints!

A single fingerprint may seem small, but as you can see if you look closely, many fingerprints together can form a beautiful masterpiece.

Click this image for a closer look at the painting
Bible translation is no different. In order for a people group to receive the Word of God for the first time in their own language, many people must be involved. Some of the "fingerprints" in that masterpiece are made by translators and other missionaries working overseas. The vast majority of the fingerprints, however, are made by those who diligently pray, faithfully give, and tirelessly encourage those who are overseas.

Our desire is to be a part of the work that God is doing to get the Bible translated for the hundreds of languages in Papua New Guinea that don't have even a single verse. We need many more fingerprints for that work, and we would love to have you join us in forming God's masterpiece.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is it important?

Is it important to translate the Bible into other languages? Most definitely!

The Luang are a people who live on an island in Southeast Asia. They remember what it was like before the New Testament was finished in their language and dedicated in 2005.

When Wycliffe translators Mark and Kathy Taber, who helped the Luang get those words in their language, came for the dedication, the people told them:

"Long ago Joseph Kam first brought God’s Word to our ancestors, and while some of them received it, their lives weren’t changed because they couldn’t read and understand it. It was a closed book to them, and so their insides remained hard as they continued to live according to their traditional beliefs.

“But now, we, the younger generation, have received God’s Word in our own language and it’s an open book that makes our insides come alive. Now we read it with joy because we know what it means. Now we can follow God’s Word for ourselves and our lives are changed.”

Click here to read more about the Word of God impacting the Luang people.