What a wonderful day to celebrate the miracle of our Savior overcoming death and the grave and rising to life—giving us the promise that one day we, too, will rise to eternal life to be with Jesus.
And today I am rejoicing that you have responded to the requests to bring many translation projects in Nigeria and Burkina Faso back to life. You responded and told these national Bible translators that help was on the way. You responded and let these translators know that they are not forgotten . . . even in the face of hardship.
You responded in a generous and compassionate way, and I am grateful!
I think about the words of Jesus when He appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. These men were huddled in a room with the doors locked out of fear for being found out as a follower of Jesus. But then: “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” (John 20:19).
When I heard about the possibility of 33 language groups in Nigeria and Burkina Faso being forced to stop their Bible translation efforts, my heart broke. This is tragic!
That news was shocking enough, but when I heard why these translations are at risk . . . I was horrified.
The violence in some of the regions where the translations are taking place is almost unbelievable. Neighbors are slaughtering neighbors. Schoolchildren are being kidnapped. This chaos has been going on for generations, and the nightmare doesn’t seem to have an end.
Yet there is light shining in this darkness . . .
In the face of hardships and persecution, local churches in these countries felt so compelled to have God’s Word in their heart languages that they secured the funding for Bible translation tools through their networks and started the work.
They were on the verge of finally having God’s Word in their heart language, but they unexpectedly saw their funding cut. A massive disappointment—these translations are in jeopardy simply for lack of funds.
Our work, as with any call to serve Christ, comes with its share of challenges. I’m thankful to say that with your help and constant prayer, many of the obstacles we encounter are able to be overcome.
Friends, in the wake of a massive cyclone that caused widespread flooding, power outages, and even loss of life, I must ask you to help restart Bible distribution efforts on the African island nation of Madagascar.
For many of you, the mention of Madagascar may conjure images of lush tropical rainforests filled with exotic animals. And while this is true, the reality for the people here is far different.
Poverty in Madagascar is rampant. Political turmoil has left the country with a chaotic economy and unstable infrastructure, and the island’s position off the coast of Eastern Africa puts it in the crosshairs of intense tropical storms.
And this is precisely what happened.