You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy ~ Psalm 30:11 ~
God’s Word with Us!
For millions of people around the world, this was the year they could turn their mourning into joyful dancing! This was the year that the Lord gave them a deep-seated joy, replacing age-old sorrow with peace and hope that could only come from Emmanuel (God with us)! Why?! Because more than 10 million people received God’s Word in their language THIS year alone!
God’s Word is life-changing! Through the Holy Spirit, God brings His Word to life in ways that heal broken hearts, and can transform generations of heartache, shame, and violence into living at peace with themselves and their enemies. God’s Word brings abundant life!
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. ~ Isaiah 61:4 ~
Since January, 55 different language groups now have access to God’s Word. This came in the form of full Bibles, New Testaments, and Scripture portions (e.g., the Gospels).
This is worth celebrating! And that’s just what happened! From Papua New Guinea to Tanzania, from Paraguay to Burkina Faso, these people danced, sang, and celebrated the arrival of God’s Word in a language that speaks to their hearts.
The decorations that people create to honor the arrival of God’s Word are also beautiful and distinctly representative of the people and their culture!
God’s Word is for everybody! Young, old, male, female, servants, and kings!
What a perfect time to be baptized too! Publicly declaring your faith in Jesus while celebrating God’s Word in your own language.
A Long Wait!
Some people have waited practically their whole lives for this moment. The Isnag language group first received the New Testament in Isnag in 1982. This year, they finally celebrated the completion of the entire Bible in the Isnag language! 🙌
Join with the Isnag people in this video, as they dedicate the full Isnag Bible.
Celebrating the arrival of God’s Word is certainly a joyful thing!
Introducing Kaylianna Mae! 🥰
We celebrated our own arrival here in the Post family! Kaylianna Mae (pronounced Kay-lee-ah-na) was born on Sept 28th (her due date)!
She’s made her way into our family, and our hearts, with lots of snuggles, cute sleeping pictures, and adorable baby noises. 😘
More baby photos below. 😊
Prayer and Praise 🙏🙌
Praise: So many people received God’s Word in their language this year.
Prayer: For the ~1250 remaining people groups who have yet to receive God’s Word.
Prayer: God’s provision for additional financial partners.
Praise: Improved health for James and Christina.
Praise: Kaylianna is a healthy, happy baby.
Your prayers and financial partnership help make it possible for so many people to receive God’s Word. THANK YOU!!
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~ Matthew 24:35 ~
I read an amazing testimony recently. A house in the Gadsup language group in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was burned down during a fight. They lost EVERYTHING!
Burnt remains of the house
Everything, that is, except their Bible. They found the Bible in a bilum (string bag) full of clothes. The bilum AND the clothes were burnt, but the Bible was safe under the thick ashes!
Even though the front cover had melted:
Melted Bible cover
The inner pages were saved!
God’s Word remained!
What a miracle! Our God is amazing! He promises that His words will NEVER pass away, and this story gives us a powerful picture of this reality. He can preserve His Living Word, even through a devastating fire.
Job 23:12b says, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” God is giving us just a taste of just how important His Word is! It’s more important than food, it’s more important than clothing, it’s more important that our material possessions.
Girl praying while holding her new Bible – photo courtesy M. Ewell
How much do you and I treasure God’s Word and spending time WITH Him in it? Do we treat His Word like the daily spiritual food that God intends for it to be? Do we thirst for His presence like we yearn for water, or our favorite drink? Does our spirit feel dry when we haven’t spent time with the Lord, soaking up the truths found in His Word, and being transformed by His Spirit?
Oh Lord, may we earnestly seek you, may our souls thirst for you, may our whole bodies long for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water! (Psalm 63:1)
What if you didn’t HAVE a Bible??
While it is common in our nation for families to have multiple physical copies of the Bible, and countless digital Bibles available at the tap of a finger or the click of a button, many families in thousands of languages throughout the world don’t even have a single Bible. 😥 And millions of people still don’t have a single word of Scripture in a language they can clearly understand.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14-15
This video gives us a glimpse of the importance of having God’s Word in a language and format we can understand.
God desperately wants to be in connection, in relationship, with all of the people He created. It’s through the truth of His Word, the power of His Holy Spirit, and the witness of His people that He does this. Please pray that His Word would go forth to all the nations, that it would cross cultural boundaries, and that lives would be transformed as a result.
Scripture Dedications in 2023 🎉
Please join us in praising God for these Scripture dedications that took place so far this year!
New Testaments: Aja, Bramar*, Bena, Budu-Koya, Budu-Nita, Godie, Ikoma, Kabwa, Komo, North Gumuz, Northern Nuni, Nyiha, Ñandeva, Omi
Full Bibles: Branchu*, Ibaloy, Ticuna
These language groups represent over 4.4 MILLION people throughout the world that now have access to the living and active Word of God in their own language! The smiles of people receiving God’s Word are priceless!
Keliko man holding a New Testament – photo courtesy M. Ewell
Naro woman holding a New Testament – photo courtesy Z. du Plessis
Girl reading her Quechua Bible – photo courtesy M. Ewell
Please pray that these Scriptures will be used and result in transformed lives.
🙏 Prayer and Praise 🙌
Prayer: That we would all treasure and engage with God through His Word.
Praise: Our shipment arrived from PNG!
Prayer: For us to sell our house in PNG.
Prayer: Improved health for James and Christina
Praise: Gramma Rachie and Grandpa Doug, and Uncle Evan got to visit!
Thank you for helping make it possible for God’s Word to go to the nations!
James and Christina
Family Photo Highlights
Click the collage images to see recent family photo highlights.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:4 ~
Transformation Leads to Discipleship
When you think of Jesus commanding us to make disciples, you probably think of verses like the Great Commission from Matthew 28, “go and make disciples…”. But how are we to actually make disciples?! The answer? By living it out ourselves.
Live out the Gospel! Photo by The Chosen
The Lord has been teaching us this crucial lesson, and showing us that discipleship is about so much more than teaching somebody to study the Bible and to pray. These are important and vital aspects to the Christian life, but ultimately, discipleship is about transformation! Which is where the verse about “comforting others” comes into the picture.
You see, we cannot comfort others unless we ourselves have received comfort from the Lord. In the same way, we cannot effectively disciple others in areas in which we ourselves have not been discipled and transformed! Another word to describe discipleship would be “apprenticeship”.
Apprenticeship – Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash
If I want to be apprenticed, I would find somebody who was a master of their trade: a living, breathing, and experienced example of what it means to be a blacksmith, surgeon, or other profession.
Photo by Jonny Gios on Unsplash
In the same way, Jesus calls us to disciple others! First, He invites us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, healing of our hearts, and living out the things He is teaching us: experiencing the life-changing work of the Holy Spirit! Then, He calls us to emulate this for others, and invite them along for the journey: to be transparent and humble about our misgivings and struggles, showing others that it’s ok to struggle and even fail sometimes; to share passionately what the Lord has done in our lives, bearing witness to the testimonies that we have seen, heard, and experienced; to be a living, breathing example of the love of Christ and the heart of the Father to those around us.
Sharing in the discipleship and transformation journey – Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash
Discipleship in Bible Translation
Discipleship is also crucial in the work of Bible translation! How can you effectively translate God’s Word without knowing Jesus for yourself?
Nafian is a translator in the Gwahatike language group of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
He attended a number of training courses that I taught while we were in PNG, and also works as a translation advisor and consultant.
In this video, he shares about the critical impact that discipleship made on their translation work.
“Establish spiritual relationship first… build people up spiritually… and people will be transformed” – Nafian Saremo (Bible translator).
What a beautiful example of how Jesus transforms lives for the sake of His Kingdom, and to reach many with His life-giving words!
God has provided powerfully for our Wycliffe ministry since our last update! Many of you gave one-time gifts in December and January, which helped offset our shortfall from last year. THANK YOU!! We also have had some new financial partners join our team, reducing our monthly need! We still have a ways to go before reaching 100% of the ministry budget Wycliffe has set for us, but we are grateful for the ways God has continued to provide.
Interested in Financial Partnership?
If you feel God leading you to partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, there are a few options: