This month, we're featuring updates and stories about how God is working in and around Canada. We rejoice that through your generosity we continue on in the work of Bible translation, distribution and engagement. Below are the featured items this month.
We recently received a letter from a teacher in Akulivik, QC. Young Marie-Claire Lemieux has a teaching post in this remote Innuit community and as she began her career, she felt an overwhelming sense that she needed to start a Bible Study group with the young teenage girls in her school. She says: “I thank you all for your prayers. I am overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness as thirteen girls gathered in my house on Monday for the second week to study the Bible. Even in this short amount of time, it has been such a blessing to see these teenagers so eager to learn and talk about God. It is difficult to believe that the Inuit population has only recently been able to read the Old Testament in their own language. It was in May 2012, after working on it for 34 years, that the Canadian Bible Society finished translating the Bible to syllabics, the Inuktitut written language. “
In the Body of Christ, Bible Translations have always been very important. From the days when Scribes transcribed copies of letters and sections of the Bibles, to the invention of Gutenberg's printing press, and to the modern-day translation work done at the Institute for Computer Assisted Publishing (ICAP), Christians from abroad have contributed to the work in making God's Word accessible in many languages.
For millions of people, the good news about Jesus remains a closed book. They have no access to the Bible’s life-changing message in their language. Instead, they struggle to understand God’s Word in a language not their own.
And that must feel something like this:
‘For God louede so the world, that he yaf his ‘oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in his perische not, but haue euerlastynge lijf.’
John 3.16, John Wycliffe Bible 1395
Tomorrow morning we will begin our final day of the journey and by the grace of God we will arrive at and conquer Signal Hill. It has something of an ominous ring to it. Some of you are much more accomplished cyclists and you are looking forward to the challenge. I am approaching the end of my 6th decade of life and I don’t want to embarrass myself. Okay, I don’t want to embarrass myself any more than I already have.
It doesn't have the newsworthy quality of sequestration, or the appeal of the NHL lockout, but the world has been changing. Really? I didn't notice anything. But not all world changing events are immediately recognizable. You may have some memory of this old nursery rhyme:
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the message was lost.
For want of a message, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Usually we make resolutions that have to do with self-improvement, things like losing weight, lowering blood pressure, or spending more time in prayer or studying the Bible. All good resolutions, but mine is actually so big that if God doesn’t get involved I’m going to end up feeling like Peter taking a step on the water – “What in the world am I doing here? If Jesus doesn’t come through I’m going to end up looking pretty silly and awfully dead.” So, are you ready for my resolution – I want to change the world, this year.