God’s Quiet Revelation
“I just live in the way that God’s Word teaches me to live, and they see the difference. That’s what attracts my Muslim friends to think differently, even as I have.” For this young woman, the transforming power of God’s word in her language is personal and dynamic. The New Testament in her language is valuable as a guide to changing herself first, and then as a tool for reaching out to others.
“I began reading the New Testament portions in 2001. I would read in secret because my parents would get very angry with me if they caught me reading the Bible. One time my mother saw me and forbade me to continue reading. I told her, ‘If I am doing anything bad, anything wrong, then tell me and I will stop. But if you see in my life that I am doing good, then why would you want to stop me from reading this book?’” After that her mother allowed her to continue reading.
“I used to be a very angry person; disrespectful and defiant toward my parents,” she admitted. “Many times I and my friends caused trouble in the community. When I read God’s Word and realized how I should be living, I sought to change. The change in me is the greatest testimony to the power of God and the truth of this Book.”
Yet it was still many years before the young woman was able to fully give her allegiance to Jesus Christ. “I struggled every day with a relentless question about God. Muslims believe in one God, and that God is a single person, not a Trinity. They believe that Jesus is a prophet. I was tormented by the question of who the Jesus of the New Testament was. When I was working or traveling or resting, always in my mind I was trying to answer the question about Jesus Christ. I prayed and asked God to show me an answer so I could believe. Then, one day I read in the book of John the passage where Jesus says, ‘I and the Father are one’. Then I knew that was God’s answer to my prayers and that’s the day I fully gave my heart to Jesus.”
That was in 2010 – nine years after she had started reading the New Testament portions, 29 years after the launching of the translation project. In her language community, she was the first to believe. Today her mother and sister are also believers, along with a hand-full of others.
A small church is beginning to form quietly, unobtrusively, assisted by Filipino workers serving with other mission organizations. Together the Filipino and Japanese translators, the mission workers, Filipino church members from other communities and courageous local believers are serving the people of this language group, living by Kingdom principles in their midst. Through their interaction with people they are demonstrating what it is like to be children of a loving Father, redeemed and released from sin by a gracious Savior, and empowered for daily life and held secure in their hope of eternal life by the omnipotent Spirit. Their trust has been placed in the one true Triune God. Their daily life is the gospel message. The Bible in their language is their anchor and authority.
Photos by Tae-Bum Yu
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What is The Campaign for Possible? by Woody McLendon, President of JAARS
“Bible translation is underway in more than 2,100 languages, and nearly 1,900 more are still waiting. Translation for every language community will take many years of work, by thousands of people—while millions wait for their first experience of Scripture in the language they understand best.
So we invite you to join us in The Campaign for Possible, a campaign that seeks people, just like you, whom God will raise up to reach more individuals, families, and communities with his Word. There are many ways to participate—noted here—so please pray with us and consider sharing this campaign with others. And if he touches your heart to help for the first time, or in new ways, we’d love to hear from you!” (Read this letter in its entirety, here)
Beautiful Sparrow, If God is tugging your heart to use your gifts to End Bible Poverty, I would love to talk to you further. Please email me!
Strength to strength, One Woman at a Time,