I’m an introvert. I can function as an extrovert for brief periods of time, when the situation calls for it. But most of my thoughts, words, and attitudes never go public. I think that some of this is just part of my DNA. But some of this is also a learned response to the reactions of others when I have confided my innermost thoughts. It’s more comfortable for all of us when I just stay quiet.
Every day I’m challenged to trust God with matters of eternity, as requests pour in from believers around the world asking for our help in translating God’s Word. In times of such overwhelming need, I have to go to my knees and ask God to provide. And I am grateful that you trusted God with your giving in 2017. Your generosity this past year has made an astounding impact on the work of Bible translation all around the world.
You’ve reminded me of what the Lord has been prompting in me: to trust in His promise to accomplish His purpose!
And I am especially humbled—and thrilled—to have seen such an outpouring of love and generosity from God’s people in the final days of 2017. That was amazing.
“It can’t be done.”
That’s what Pastor Hans thought. He is an educated man, a seminary professor. He actually TEACHES the science of Bible translation.
So he was willing to participate in a Bible translation workshop along with 53 others to begin translating the New Testament into the Papuan Malay language.
But he “knew” not to expect too much. How much translation can we really accomplish in such a short time?
Our plane landed in the darkest hour of a moonless night. The lights of the terminal glowed dimly across the ramp. As soon as the airplane door was opened, heat and humidity flooded the cabin. Portable stairs scraped and rattled into position at the door. Step by step we descended into the sweating frenzy of competing officials demanding our documents. Within moments, our passports disappeared into the crowd of strangers.
Welcome to Kinshasa.
For more than 25 years, I have been praying, planning, and working to impact the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the Word of God.