Bill Mounce

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Sunday, July 30

The Value of Bible Translation

I started this blog so I could share what I am thinking about helping new believers start their spiritual journey well, but there are just a few topics I want to cover first.

The first came from a meeting I had with Mart Green, the son of David Green who started Hobby Lobby. What an amazing family, not only for their business acument but for their extravagant generosity.

Mart was talking about a Bible traslation project the Green family foundation helped to fund, and as he was listening to Yunike (below) accept the first Bible in their language, she said this: "Thank you to all the funders. Now all the Nsenga people can go to heaven."

The men are Gary Nelson (Every Tribe Every Nation) and Nick Garbidakis (American Bible Society).

What a powerful reminder of the power of God's Word to change lives, and I was reminded of Rom 10:15. "And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Yunike and the Nsenga people now have the good news in a language they can understand — their own.

Bible translation ministries are doing amazing work and they deserve our support. I am thankful for celebrations such as this where the ministries actually get to experience the joy of those receiving their efforts.

Comments

Amen indeed! Thank you for highlighting the faithfulness of all involved in this task of bringing the 'power of God for salvation'. From those like the Green family to the translators themselves and to the recipients like Yunike, translation is a work of love, not of translating, but for the people whom God will call through the preaching of His Word. Tim