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About 80 people sat and stared intently at nothing in particular with that strange look of concentration a person gets when straining with all their energy to hear a sound. Everyone leaned forward to capture every word of the Sermon on the Mount as the voice of Jesus echoed through the grass shelter where we had gathered to explain the dramatized audio New Testament to the chief of the next village over. Several years ago we . . .
The journey to provide the Border Kuna people with their own translation of God’s Word is both moving and compelling – a study in faithfulness and obedience of the highest order.
Millions of believers have given their lives for the cause of Christ over the past 2,000 years and we proudly, but very humbly, walk along behind each one of them. Yet, there are a handful who have made a direct impact on this ministry and its staff. We honor just a few of these brave men and women whose sacrifices in life – and death – have helped make certain Audio Bible recordings possible.
God is the great Conductor, orchestrating beautiful things for the Bonggi people. I recently had the wonderful privilege of attending the dedication ceremony for three recordings of Bonggi Bible portions. This event crowned the work of many people, all coordinated by God over many years.
During a recent East Africa tour, I had the pleasure of landing in Tanzania once more. Since 1993, thousands of Audio Bibles have been sent to various partners in that country. We hear about the stories, read about them, and see the pictures, but in the end, nothing replaces seeing, feeling, and touching the actual places where the Gospel is transforming countless lives every single year.
I’ve just returned from Africa where I had the privilege of meeting with several members of our recording teams. We talked about recording equipment and software; we experimented with new technologies; we discussed power outages and generators, monsoons and crowing roosters, and strange new foods in new places – even for Africans.
Amazing things happen when a plan comes together. When I was planning a two-week trip to Peru, I received an email from a church leader at a small community high in the Andes Mountains where everyone speaks Quechua Huaylas. He had been working in the municipality there for 19 years and preaching in 24 communities.
He asked if, by chance, we had an audio recording of the Quechua Huaylas New Testament. It was really a God-thing that . . .
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