Oh, Lord, I just don’t think I can do it today.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13
I’m so tired and weary, God. I can’t carry this weight on my back any longer.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:-28-30
God, my heart hurts. I’ve made poor decisions that are not of you. I bow my head in shame.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
I messed up today, God.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. – Psalm 30:5
God, I am so thankful. Thank you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34
And I could keep going for these are the first to enter my mind when I thought of the myriad of times I have relied on God’s word.
His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Where would I be today without it? I shudder to think of it.
There are millions of people who don’t have a light for their path because they don’t have a Bible translated in their language.
They suffer from “Bible poverty” – which essentially means they are poor in the Bible because they don’t have access to one they can read.
There are 7,500 languages in this world and only 450 have a full Bible translated in their dialect.
I’m not OK with that.
If we are called to go and make disciples of all nations, and we are, how can we do that if we can’t point them to the lamp to their feet, the light for their path?
Are we OK with them continuing to walk in darkness?
I have recently partnered with OneVerse, “a program of The Seed Company that enables you to support local Bible translators as they make God’s message available in the language of their people”.
In addition, OneVerse works in partnership with other organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International to bring a light to the path of those living in darkness due to Bible poverty.
As a team of bloggers who are raising OneVerse up and saying we are not OK with Bible poverty, we are currently working to fund the Vindunda project.
The Vindunda people live in eastern Africa.
Though 60% consider themselves Christians, most of the Christians are still living by witchcraft and fetish priests. How could this be so?
Because though they think they are following Jesus, they don’t have access to a light for their path – the Bible. They don’t know what the word says. They don’t know truth.
Not to mention that non-believers in the Vindunda tribe aren’t too keen on following Jesus anyway – the believers don’t make it look so appealing what with their constantly living in fear of spirits instead of in the freedom and joy found in who they profess to follow.
Lamp to our feet. Light for our path. Stands forever. Alive. Truth. Medicine.
“In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and He answered by setting me free.” Psalm 118:5
$26 each month helps to remove the Vindunda people from their path of darkness. It will bind up broken hearts. It will give a lamp to their feet. It will set them free.
Will you join me?
Damas, a Vindunda translator, writes:
Please! receive the photo’s of how the vidunda people enjoy reading their vernacular language scripture portions.
I normally distribute the scripture portions, wherever people meets, in the funeral, in schools, in ceremonies and any other parties.
They are very happy now days reading their language.
this is how the Word of God works in them. Let all of us enjoy the good work, for serving the people.
There are some churches who are reading it aloud. Many Vidunda people have received copies of the portions of Mark and John and are using it. Even school children are happy to receive copies because they have been given out at some schools.
When I was field testing I met a man who had 6 wives. He [had no religion: editor’s insertion], but now he has changed … Now he is letting his Christian wives take their children to church. I think this is because the way the Scriptures were preached to him.
God bless u all.
Damas, the Vidunda project leader
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