We started off 2020 with the big discussion and decision-making meeting of the year. The Board of All-Nations, together with the Advisory Council, several consultants, and the executive committee, gathered on Friday and Saturday of last week.
Greetings to you each, and thanks to all of you that have supported and prayed for this ministry during the past year. Our almost completed calendar year has proven to be an eventful season of growth and change! I’ve highlighted a few of the bigger events and changes below.
The excavation crew was on the hill early Thursday morning.
Enjoy these photos of finally visible progress!
Heart “processing”, teamwork, good books, training sessions and time with the All-Nations staff is what Phase 2 is all about.
As we near 2020, the need for office and meeting space looms large. But also within view is the building we worked hard to plan for. Lord willing, this building will serve ABT’s mission while also meeting agricultural zoning requirements.
Bryant and I traveled to Oregon and Washington last week with board member Harold Troyer and his wife Larissa. It was time for a sending church encounter, and we used the opportunity to meet with two other sending churches in the area.
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!
“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,