"God's wisdom is on display! And spiritual beings and authorities marvel at Him, as they see members of every sector of the human race coming together in one body in Christ." Last Friday evening, God inspired us with this message from Ephesians 3:10. The occasion was ABT's annual Board and Advisors Meeting. Our prayer was—and is—that the magnificent display of God's wisdom increase through our efforts in cooperation with Him.
For us, that means faithfully tackling the big questions that come up about ABT's place in serving the church's mission and how to best do that. It includes giving direction to various projects, mostly notably partnering with churches who send church-planting team members. Through our discussions last weekend, we sought to identify again our "laser focus;" that is, our first priority is those language groups in need of both Bible translation and church planting.
An encouraging exercise was reviewing God's faithfulness through the past year, and then taking a look at 2019 plans. These include spring Orientation and Camp Week, during a week of activities which culminates on May 24 and 25 with EXPLORE ABT (an event to which YOU are invited!). We are working to schedule up to six Sending Church Encounters with partnering churches during the year. Also, Lord willing, we will break ground this year for the new building. Will we have offices there by the end of the year? Already, we have received a number of specified donations and the building project fund is increasing.
During Saturday's meeting, the Board reviewed our developing Translation Policy. The first part, Translation Philosophy, is approved and available to the public. The second part, Translation Principles, provides a guide for our Bible translation teams but is considered a work in progress which will improve as we gain experience together. A third section, Translation Procedures, is yet to be developed. You are invited to pray for the brothers spearheading the development of the Translation Policy.
Other highlights from the weekend:
—Committee sessions all Friday afternoon
—Friday evening's meal, complete with donated beef, catered by local brothers and sisters in the Lord
—Presentations from the Executive Committee members about things like Bible translation methods and a theology of literacy
—Coming before our Lord together in prayer and worship
—The willingness of all Advisory Council members to serve another year
—Discussing our support of resource development projects, such as a Hebrew learning app for mother tongue translators in development by an ABT member
—One Board member participating in discussion via phone since he was sick at home
We thank God for guiding us with His wisdom and ask for prayer that we may be faithful through another year.
To learn more about ABT's Board, Executive Committee, and Advisory Council, visit our updated "Who we are" page.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
“That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
“Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
“Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
“Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
“All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
"You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,