We pray for the ones we love, for jobs, for healing, for peace, safety, and direction. There are numerous things we pray for in a days time.
But do you know we’re called to pray for those who need to hear the Gospel? To know the salvation found in our loving Savior?
There are 340 million people, nearly one-third of the world’s language groups, who are waiting for God’s Word in a language they can understand clearly.
Imagine. Opening the Bible and seeing only blank pages … it’s the same thing as looking at a Bible not understanding a word it says. This video at The Seed Company website illustrates this point beautifully.
We all have a vital role in God’s mission for this world … prayer.
And to lead the way in this effort, The Seed Company, has released a 40-day devotional ebook, that’s available free! This devotional, Jesus Brings Freedom, is the perfect guide to prayer during this Lent season.
Would you commit to joining us?
It was my honor to write two days of devotions in this beautifully crafted devotional. I wrote on both forgiveness and redemption. Both tie in perfectly with my new book, 31 Days of Forgiveness, of which all proceeds are being donated directly to The Seed Company.
How many Bibles does your family own?
Have you ever thought what it might be like to open your Bible,
only to find blank pages?
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I’ll be honest, I was a bit leery speaking out about this … “this” being Bible poverty. Bible? Poverty? It didn’t make sense to me. There are millions of people without food, water, homes, clothes, education … isn’t that poverty? I couldn’t wrap my head around the meaning of Bible poverty.
So I decided to dig a little deeper …
Bible poverty is a big deal! And I want to do something about it. Not only have I committed to having five verses translated each month, but I’ve also signed up with the OneVerse blogging team to help spread awareness to end Bible poverty.
- First draft: translators analyze what a passage says and produce a first draft.
- Team Check: translators check each verse for accuracy and clarity.
- Community Testing: translators share drafted Scripture with community members to test how well it communicates.
- Back Translation: translators translate the draft “back” into a major language for a non-native consultant.
- Consultant Check: a consultant checks the translation with the team to make sure expected standards are met.
- Proofread: translators rigorously proofread the final draft for errors before publication.
Here’s a note we received from one of the translators:
“They are very happy now days reading their language. This is how the Word of God
works in them. Let all of us enjoy the good work, for serving the people.
There are some churches who are reading it aloud. Many Vidunda people have
received copies of the portions of Mark and John and are using it.
Even school children are happy to receive copies because
they have been given out at some schools.”
I think about some of my favorite scriptures. The scriptures my girls memorize each week. Their yearly verses. Their life verses. The promises of God’s Word that I can share with them when they’re worried, anxious, fearful, or upset.
I can look up a scripture on my computer, my phone, my ipad, or the 15-plus Bibles I have at home. My girls get a piece of candy at Sunday school when they bring their Bibles into church.
Yet millions … millions of people … children and adults alike … don’t have access to a single verse!
People are dying each day without Jesus and the promises of God’s Word. But you have the power to change that! For just $26/month you can sponsor the translation of a verse. You’ll even get a monthly notice of which verse you helped translate.
Can I ask you to pray about this? Talk it over with your family … your spouses, your children. Let God stir your hearts for these people. Don’t you believe everyone has a right to read God’s Word?
I’m linking up with this incredible community of OneVerse bloggers committed to spreading awareness of the millions of people in the world without a Bible in their language … because we are not okay with that!