Now I Understand!

Many people don’t realize there are over 400 sign languages in the world today that are the heart language of those in the deaf community who have learned to sign in one of these languages.

Receiving the Scriptures in your own language gives the best opportunity for transformation, and the “heart language” makes a big difference and impact on your ability to understand and apply the truths of the Bible.

Mr. Hideo Araki from Japan is deaf. In this brief video he shares a testimony about the challenges of understanding the printed Japanese Bible and the dramatic difference that the Japanese Sign Language Bible is making in his life.

Used by permission of Mr. Hideo Araki.

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Checking John 6Sarah, a Wycliffe translator in Southeast Asia, sat with a group of women checking a translation of John’s Gospel to make sure it communicated God’s message clearly, accurately and naturally.

The eight women read chapter 5 with Sarah and patiently answered question after question, helping her fine-tune the translation. With the last verse of the chapter checked, Sarah suggested they quit for the day. Continue reading

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Pray for Nepal

unnamedAfter a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and several strong aftershocks devastated Nepal, thousands have been reported dead and many more injured and displaced. There are more than 29 million people in Nepal, speaking around 120 languages, and our hearts are heavy for all of them.
We mourn with them in the loss of loved ones, homes and livelihoods, and we pray that God will provide abundantly for them in their distress. He is the God who never fails, never forsakes and never changes. Our deep desire is that all Nepalese people would hear him speak these truths to their hearts as they deal with this tragedy.
Over and over again, we have seen God prove his faithfulness in the face ofearthquakes, tsunamis, persecution and other hardships. If you have the time, I encourage you to read those stories. I hope they give you some perspective in the midst of this tragedy today.
Though Wycliffe USA is not set up to provide emergency assistance, our partners at SIL International have recommended several relief organizations that are doing wonderful work. If you feel led to give, I encourage you to give through one of them.
Above all else, I hope you’ll join us in praying for Nepal. Such desperate situations can leave us feeling overwhelmed and wondering how to help, or questioning if our efforts could ever make a difference. I am convinced that the place to begin is with prayer. God’s Word tells us he will honor our prayers.
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” —Matthew 21:21-22 (NLT)
If you’re unsure where to begin praying, here are a few ideas to guide you.
How to Pray for Nepal
  • Pray for the people in Nepal — those injured, those who have lost loved ones, and the search and rescue workers risking their lives. Pray also for Nepal’s government and local leaders who need wisdom, courage, compassion and access to resources. Pray that God’s comfort and provision will be evident to all, including those who don’t yet have a relationship with him.
  • Pray for the earthquake relief workers across the globe who are gathering supplies and manpower to send to the Nepalese. Pray that teams on the ground will reach those in need quickly with food, water, medicine and shelter. Pray that God’s love will be demonstrated to the Nepalese through these acts of mercy and kindness.
  • Pray for the Good News to reach into hearts all over Nepal so that people can know God intimately and rest in his hope and infinite love, despite enormous heartache. Pray that our brothers and sisters there can be catalysts of comfort and peace for their neighbors as they grieve together. Praise God that even amidst suffering, his goodness and faithfulness are unchanging.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. —Ephesians 3:20(NLT)
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Crossing Over to the Other Side

 “I’ve crossed over to the other side. I want to follow the Lord now.”  Continue reading

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Entering in…

I am always ‘moved’ by the message of the cross: God invades our space, moves into our neighborhood, identifies with us, including out guilt and shane, declares us righteous—a gospel of inclusion. 

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”

From the poem ” Outwitted

Thank you, Jesus for grafting us into your family…


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All Scripture Points to Christ

Guest blog  by Carol Schatz

 When a young man named Demas showed up for an oral Bible storytelling workshop in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, he seemed a little rough around the edges. But then so did the tiny, unkempt village he came from a day’s hike and canoe ride away.  He didn’t know much about the Bible, but he was willing to learn, and he was willing to ask for prayer for the struggles in his life.

At the workshop Demas studied Bible stories from GenesisWorking with five others who spoke his mother tongue, Mamhoaf, he translated the stories and learned to tell them effectively. All Scripture leads to Christ, and as the days went by, his understanding of the Good News began to grow. One evening toward the end of the course, he asked Jesus into his life.
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Eradicating Bible Poverty In Our Lifetime!

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