Better than English?


Better than English?

I'm excited to announce that members of a house church in Uganda are now reading their own Bibles in their native language---thanks to your gifts to the Strategic Bibles Ministry. The following correspondence, which I received from a Heaven's Family partner who distributed the Bibles on our behalf, reveals one sister's gratitude.

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Two Kinds of Bread for Refugees

Just over a year ago, Qaraqosh was home to almost 60,000 people and Iraq's largest Christian population. But when ISIS stormed through the city's defensive line, a mass exodus began. Fearful, many fled during the night with only the clothes on their backs. Their entire lives were left behind in Qaraqosh, and into the hands of ISIS.

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“I Never Thought It Would Happen”

Marry Hkaung lives in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar among other Christians who have been displaced by ongoing conflicts between the government and rebel tribes. Until recently, her only access to God's Word was a Bible printed in a language she barely understands. But through a recent project supported by Heaven's Family, Marry has received her own copy of a Bible in her native tongue.

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Selling Bibles to Muslims

Nafees is an evangelist in Punjab, Pakistan. One of the ways he reaches out to Muslims is by selling the Muslim Outreach Bible (a New Testament). Bibles are typically destroyed by zealous Muslims, but this version is 'camouflaged' with a gold-leafed cover and flowery text to resemble Islamic holy books, without compromising the truth.

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Feet of Gold

Can you remember when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I was a high school sophomore at a retreat in Oglebay Park, West Virginia. My Young Life leader opened the Word of God to me in a way no one had before. To him I am forever grateful.

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Truth Comes in Telegu, Too

Carole Collins, who directs the Leprosy Ministry Fund, told me a few months ago about a request she received from 2 women, Sarah and her mother Prasanna (both wound-care nurses caring for those afflicted with leprosy), for Bibles in the Telegu language to give to their patients. These women travel throughout the Hyderabad area treating the terrible wounds common to leprosy patients, making rounds to 17 communities each week.

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“What Did He Say?”

How we communicate the Scriptures to believers and unbelievers is as important as providing Scriptures to them. Many "tried and true" efforts used to effectively spread the gospel in Western nations, for example, do not work elsewhere in the world. Also, the gospel is easily rejected if it is not spoken in a dialect that the local people can understand clearly.

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A Doomed Mission

The cold of the prison cell quickly penetrated Joseph's thin clothes, chilling him to the bone. His body ached from the beating he had just received. His internal organs felt deeply bruised and his knee was broken—probably beyond repair. He wondered if this was the end of his life.

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Mercy for a Mullah

Morad, a Christian, sat waiting in a government office that issues licenses for cars. He noticed that a man sitting in the waiting area with him was a mullah (the term for an educated Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine, and who usually holds an official post). The wait had been long, and the mullah grew increasingly impatient. Unable to contain his frustration any longer, he blurted out loudly, "The people working in the office are in need of God's forgiveness!"

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