Nearly 30,000 islands sprawl out amongst the world’s largest ocean, the Pacific, creating great distances between these islands and making communication difficult. The harsh landscapes and extreme poverty make this region of the world a hard place to live.
Men and women struggle just to survive every day, turning to traditional animistic worship and charms that ensnare them in the death grip of spiritual bondage. Unable to break free from generations of oppression, many give in to a life of hopelessness.
But local churches and national Bible translators know that God’s Word can break the chains of spiritual bondage and set their people free . . . and they are seeing this happen every day! As the seeds of the gospel fall, they are planted in hearts that are desperate for freedom and a new life.
Providing these national translators with the tools to put God’s Word into the language of their people is influencing this region like never before. The impossible is becoming possible as hearts are transformed by the gospel.
A Personal Testimony: Dickson
No Longer Running
I know God’s Word can transform even the hardest of hearts, because I was that “hardest heart.”
I was against everything that represented God, and made a lot of conflict and pain for my family. I did whatever I could to resist God in my life and through my actions I ended up in prison three times.
But my wife never stopped praying for me. She had a deep relationship with Jesus, and she knew my life would be transformed.
One day, I agreed to go to a revival service with her and my heart was gripped by the Holy Spirit! It was such a powerful experience that I knew I had to give my life to Christ that night. Hearing what Jesus did for me—Scriptures read in a language I could understand—changed my life forever!
Now I am no longer running from God . . . I am running toward him and working to bring as many people with me as possible!
I just helped translate some chapters out of the book of Acts, and when I started reading them to my people in our language, Yaleba, they all gathered in really close. Our people are so hungry for God’s Word! We can’t stop, we have to keep working to get all of God’s Word into the language of my people!
—Dickson, Papua New Guinea
* Photo is not of the actual person, for security reasons.
The Challenge: To drive back the darkness that plagues the islands of the Pacific, and help national Bible translators bring the Bible to the thousands of people groups there.
“Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’”
Revelation 14:15 (NIV)