Not Just My Husband's Vision

Six years ago, God laid a vision for Bible translation on my husband's heart. I clearly remember how, on the way home after an ABT presentation at our church, he turned to me, and said, “This is what I want to do!”

My initial reaction was shock. We had talked and prayed about cross-cultural ministry, but Bible translation? That would take years of preparation and a lifetime overseas. We prayed about this dream over the following weeks and months. While my husband felt increasingly confident that God was calling him to this work, I secretly hoped it was a passing whim. Yet as months passed, I couldn't ignore the reality of his passion for Bible translation. Finally my excuses and defenses broke down before the Father's tender, yet relentless call to surrender my desires for a comfortable life and exchange them for His purposes.

Over the next five years, God led us on a roundabout journey of training. We attended the Institute for Global Opportunities (IGo) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a semester in 2014, then moved to northeastern Pennsylvania where my husband enrolled in Faith Builders’ Christian Ministries track. The two years we spent at Faith Builders were deeply formative for both of us.

Following his graduation, we moved back home, where my husband completed his degree at a local Christian college. We spent the last two summers in linguistics training at SIL-UND (the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, ND). Currently we are in our final phase of training, preparing to move overseas in the near future.

During our training, we've seen God provide for our needs, raise up a team of supporters and prayer warriors from our home church, and direct our steps. I've struggled with defining my role, battling fear of loneliness, and worrying about our children's adjustments. As I ponder the changes that await us, my desire is to cultivate a heart of worship, trust, and surrender—like Mary sitting at Jesus' feet, to choose the “one thing that is needful.”

-by an ABT translator's wife

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  • “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, 10