"The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough, and is never considered a foreigner." —William Cameron Townsend
In the beginning of February, I had the privilege of visiting the beautiful, diverse continent of Africa for 10 days. Since part of my job description with ABT includes being the Field Director for our African work, I was commissioned by the board to take in a conference in East Africa and then following that to do a field visit with an ABT team in West Africa.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—East Africa:
A small ABT team of two families moved to Benin, West Africa, during 2017. This email introduces the Weno* language group among whom they are living. Although other Christian workers have been working with this large group of people in recent years, Bible translation and church planting is still a great need. This team responded to that need with the blessing of their church and ABT.
Do unreached people groups seem far away? Does helping with Bible translation seem out of your reach?
At EXPLORE ABT you will get a taste of how languages work and how to learn them. Hear a Bible translator's stories. Debate the concept of indigenous churches. And have your vision for the nations refreshed!
Lord willing, this event will take place Friday and Saturday, May 25-26. Please consider joining us.
You can learn more/sign up here - http://www.allnationsbibletranslation.org/explore-abt
"In Bible translation, we cross language barriers to take advantage of a people’s language, turning it into a lens through which they can see God. Their language is a medium by which they can hear God’s Word. In their own tongue, they can express God’s glory. Their language becomes a means of communicating with their God."
— Aaron Crider
You can read the article where this quote is taken from at this link - http://www.allnationsbibletranslation.org/content/babel-mystery
When we think of Bible translation needs, we’re often looking around the world to the East or West, or down to our South. Our eyes don’t as quickly go North.
That was true at ABT until a member-in-training noticed a flyer appealing for Bible translation help for the First Nations people of Canada. Feeling that this may be God’s leading, her team and their church support committee made additional contacts to better understand the needs.
"When God spoke to us in Scripture He used human language, and when He spoke to us in Christ He assumed human flesh. In order to reveal Himself, He both emptied and humbled Himself. That is the model of evangelism which the Bible supplies." — John R. Stott
Who made language?
We understand that God gave mankind the ability to communicate with language.
Then who made languages (plural)?
God did that too. But was plurality of languages what God really intended? The purpose of language is communication, but the existence of multiple languages hinders communication. Is language diversity a curse?
Mystery and glory
“We must get in the face of evil with uncarnal weapons. Someone has said that we are going to lose our young people to either apostasy or martyrdom. Our young people have a God-given passion. . .Will their feet run to preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings. . .or will they hug pigskin and run for the end-zone?" — Val Yoder
“I really admire what you’re doing. I know I couldn’t. But I’m so glad for people who can, and I’ll definitely be praying for you.” I wish I knew how many times I’ve heard something like that. Even more, I wish I knew how to respond. Often I just smile and change the subject.