This week we got to spend time with a congregation just two hours from here in Pennsylvania. They are preparing to send the Hege family to join the Wagoner family on the Mixtec project in Guerrero, Mexico.
Vision, Mission, Core Values
Why does an organization need to work so hard to communicate clear vision? Didn’t we already have a vision and mission from the beginning of All-Nations Bible Translation?
Over the past months we sometimes questioned whether the new All-Nations building would become a reality. Navigating agricultural zoning requirements and our needs as an organization was not easy!
Last week Lynelle and I, with two of our children, visited several ABT members who are deep into the study of everything linguistic at SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) on the campus of University of North Dakota.
May was a busy month here at State College, PA. But what an enjoyable sort of busyness! Three major events took our focus and built to a climax during the last weekend.
For the first three days of this week, the three of us here at ABT (Joel, Aaron, Bryant) had the privilege of traveling through three states (PA, Ohio, Indiana) to meet up with three ABT members and their churches. It was a blessed time!
Here’s a brief update about building plans at the ABT base, and further information on projected building costs. Approximate costs were figured last year as we evaluated the overall scope of the project. They were as follows:
Has anybody seen my memory lately? I seem to have left behind a sizable portion of it this past month—probably as a result of covering 5,160+ miles in four weeks to give twenty-eight ABT presentations at twenty-six schools (plus one at a daycare).
"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.
On Monday evening of this week Aaron and I had privilege of joining in a Sending Church meeting in snowy southern Virginia. For 3 hours we discussed many principles, challenges and ideas. It was encouraging to see God guiding and providing as this church takes up their mission of sending.
“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,