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You have undoubtedly heard about Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 monster that ripped through the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, leaving destruction in its wake. Vanuatu is a tiny archipelago made up of 86-plus islands and populated by some 220,000 Melanesians speaking 105 different languages.
While the region sustained considerable damage, the island of Tanna endured a direct hit and was devastated . . .
When I was a boy growing up, my grandmother came to visit the remote reservation in eastern Washington where my family lived and worked for many years to bring the Gospel message to Native Americans.
After travelling all day, upon her arrival she said, “This is the end of the jumping-off place.”
My wife and I lived in Nepal for nearly 10 years. During that time we obtained different types of visas at various times in order to stay in the country. One that we had was a journalism visa. We were given press credentials by small local newspapers and we contributed articles to a number of different publications. As a journalist, I was invited to a number of government functions, which were quasi-press conferences. On these occasions, I met many of the international reporters. I learned a lot at these events.
Having the Bible in their heart language helps people understand how special they are to God, because He loves them enough to speak their language. Getting God’s Word to the Wapishana, an indigenous people of Guyana, has been a long process; but 2014 was a turning point for them.
When traveling through South Asia you can count on a few things to remind yourself that “you’re not in Kansas anymore.” Like no real hamburger at McDonald’s. (Yes, there are McDonald’s, but your choices are Chicken or “Veg.”) You won’t find common pizza toppings from Domino’s. (Yes, there are Domino’s, but I’ve yet to find a pepperoni pizza.)
There are over 4 million Bambara people living in Mali and they are one of the most powerful and influential ethnic groups in the country. The women play an important role in their culture and, as their lives are transformed by hearing God’s Word, families and the nation are being transformed.
We’ve all heard people say, “You could just see the emotion on his face,” or “You could hear the emotion in her voice.” For some of us, this happens when we hear a powerful sermon, when our grandchild recites a Christmas poem, or perhaps when we receive the news of a friend’s illness or the passing of a loved one.
When talking about oral cultures, we say that God speaks loudest and clearest when . . .
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