A Thread of Resounding Joy

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King. (Ps 98.4-7)

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (The angels in Luke 2.14)

Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
(Isaac Watts, 1719)

These represent the thread of joy experienced over the ages at the prospect of the revelation of God, climaxing in the joyous response when Jesus was born.

Similar expressions of joy are repeated many times over when people receive the Word of God in their own language for the first time. Praise God that we have been able to bring Scripture to people groups with a total number of speakers close to 32 million.

As we celebrate the coming of the King, let us remember those who have not yet heard the Good News about Jesus Christ.

Please consider a Christmas gift to help bring His Word to people groups who have not heard the Good News yet.

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The Jesus Film in Chikunda

After recording the part of the Jesus' film when Jesus asked Peter to give him his boat so that he can preach to the crowd, we decided to have a real experience of getting into a boat. Not in the Jordan River, but in the mighty Zambezi River!

The team is still busy filming the movie. Already the excitement among the Chikunda people is growing. The anticipation of watching the Gospel of Luke on film in their heart language is something they hardly ever expected would happen.

The translation team is advancing fast to the completion of the whole Bible in Chikunda. The New Testament has already been published. All the books of the Old Testament have been reviewed by mother tongue speakers of Chikunda from Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The team is working with consultants (Greek and Hebrew experts) to ensure quality translations.

God is at work in Southeast Asia

We are so happy to see how God is at work in Southeast Asia and also encouraged to see how the scripture in various forms is impacting communities across the region. Thank you all for praying with us and generously giving for the spreading of His Word!

Much progress was made in the consultant and exegetical checking of translations in several languages, as well as the drafting of a number of books of the Bible that had previously not been translated. In one language in particular, the Gospel of Mark is completely ready to be printed and distributed. Everyone is waiting with great excitement to hold the living Word of God in their heart language.

Aside from the actual translation work, there have also been a great number of Scripture Engagement activities. Bible stories were written and used for help with Bible study, and the Gospel of Luke and Matthew were recorded in one of the languages so that audio books could be made available.

And last but certainly not least, we once again see that the Word of God is living and active. In one area of Southeast Asia there are six translator teams working on six different languages. When they began working on their translations just over a year ago, none of the 22 team members were believers. Now, all of them have given their lives to Christ and serve the Lord wholeheartedly. How great is our God!