Have you seen the hope that shines in someone’s eyes when God’s Word reaches their longing hands? When I started in pastoral ministry over 30 years ago, my wife and I had the privilege of serving on a First Nations reserve in Northern British Columbia. There was a twinkle of hope in the eyes of the old, retired, aboriginal pastor when he showed me the Gospel of Matthew that had been handed down to him – the first Bible portion translated into his own language.
More recently, in June 2011, I visited Nigeria as part of a team bringing food, medical aid and Bibles to Christians who had been displaced by religious persecution. When I offered a Bible to one man, he put down everything else and dropped to his knees, clutching his new Bible in both hands. “Thank you, Canada. When they persecuted us, they took my family outside and made us watch as they burned my Bible. And then they burned my house.” Hope was bright in his eyes as tears of joy streamed down his face. “Thank you, Canada. Now I have my Bible back.” I knelt and wept with him.
Regardless of age, life circumstance or nation, everyone can find and embrace the saving message of “faith, hope, and love” found in the pages of Scripture. Your commitment to providing Bibles in heart languages continues to transform lives.
In this issue you will learn more about the important work being done in countries like Honduras and Egypt, where being a Christian means placing your life at risk every day.
And, write me with your own stories telling how you have experienced hope through the Scriptures.
In the power of His Word,
National Director (Interim)