(NOTE: Posted on Behalf of a Former Colleague with Seed Company…Challenging Indeed!)
Jean*, an SIL worker in Asia, was traveling in an area where a certain minority language was spoken. She was part of the team translating the Scriptures for this people group, and she longed to see some evidence that God was working in their hearts.
She was invited to a family’s home for lunch. After the meal, the host began to ask her a lot of questions about her faith. “Do you have a Bible in my language?” he asked her. “I want to read it.”
Jean replied, “I don’t have a printed copy with me, but I have one on my phone.” He said he would need to find a phone and meet her later. That evening he showed up at the home where she was staying, carrying a phone. The area had no internet reception, and though Jean could transfer Scripture via a memory card to his phone, the phone was very old and they could not get the Bible app working.
Unwilling to give up, the man asked, “Can I just hand copy it from your phone?” “Of course,” said Jean. He grabbed paper and pen and started copying. He copied much of the first chapter of John before leaving.
The next night he came back! “I’ve already memorized what I copied,” he said. “Could I copy more?” He spent the next few hours copying more of John’s Gospel by hand.
Jean left the language area a few days later, joyful that her new friend was hiding the Good News about Jesus in his heart. “Thank you, Lord,” she prayed. “Thank you for showing me that people you have called me to serve are hungry for your Word!”
(Story posted by Wycliffe’s President, Bob Creson.) *Jean’s name protected for security reasons.
This story brings conviction to our hearts – do we DEVOUR God’s words? Are we hungry for His Truth to speak joy and delight into our hearts? What a privilege for most of us to own at least one copy of God’s Word in our own heart language.
Thank you for being a part of seeing people like Jean’s friend have the opportunity to see, read and hear God’s Word (and devour it) for the first time.
We would enjoy hearing about you, your family, your open doors, closed doors, your life.
Todd and Kerri Sasnett