Seeds of the gospel often grow in secret in this part of the world . . . oppression and persecution are lurking around every corner . . . and everyone is watching. Always.
To lead a Bible translation team in this part of the world—coming up against spiritual strongholds that have been in place for centuries—men and women risk everything.
But the seeds of the gospel are thriving. New faith is sweeping through much of this region, and the desire for God’s Word is growing at a rapid pace.
Passionate national Bible translators know that they have to get God’s Word into the hands of their people so they can grow and mature in their faith. And they have to sow the seeds of the gospel while the ground is fertile.
A Personal Testimony: Venkanna Paul
An Outspoken Atheist . . . Transformed!
I was shocked when I first heard about a Bible translation team working on a translation in my language . . . it really made me curious, I wondered what it would be like to have a Bible in my language. I was secretly a Christian, but before I had been an outspoken atheist—I didn’t really know what it meant to live as a Christian and follow God’s Word. I was just wanting to investigate this project when I was invited to join the MAST (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translating) workshop.
My family was outraged when I told them what I was going to do, and they practically disowned me.
But the Holy Spirit completely transformed my life at that translation workshop; I saw in God’s Word that I needed to live as Christ lived. This was my own Damascus road experience!
After the workshop, my father was involved in a terrible accident and nearly died. He asked to see me, and I brought along the Scriptures I had helped translate. The power of God’s Word entered that room and softened his heart. I was able to lead my father to Christ that day, and the rest of my family followed soon after!
Now I am actively involved in the church in my community, and we continue to work on our translation of God’s Word! I am a living testimony of the transforming power of the Word of God.
—Venkanna Paul, Asia
* Country not listed for security reasons. Photo is not of the actual person.
The Challenge: To work with national Bible translators to bring God’s Word to all the many languages of Asia—so more people like Venkanna can see their lives transformed.
“As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:29 (NIV)