But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
There are times when we are made aware of how cross-cultural the gospel really is. At times like this we can do nothing but stand in awe of our great and awesome God and give him glory and praise for his mysterious ways. Joe, one of our global partners serving in a dangerous location, recently experienced a tragedy on the field: a local boy on a bicycle was hit and killed by a car. As the driver of the car was in no way guilty, the accident was exactly that: an accident.
It is essential that Christians understand the culture in which they are ministering. This is true whether you are serving in your home country or cross-culturally. In the Nurture Program, we require our participants to complete an exercise where they meet with someone from another culture and learn about their culture and language. The reason for this is that we want to make sure that our global partners are being sensitive to others’ culture so that there is no offense but the offense of the cross (Gal. 5:11).
We are hoping you can join us for MOMS on October 16 on the campus of your choosing! MOMS begins at 9:30am and ends at 11:30 am.
Speakers for October 16th:
Life on the Front Lines--Come and hear from one of our Global Partner mothers as she shares from her experiences abroad. Learn how to better pray for and encourage our Global Partners. Each campus will have their own Global Partner to hear from on this morning.
Have you wondered how a person very familiar with Islam would respond to the controversial Muhammad video? One of Bethlehem’s global partners is a former Muslim who has a heart for engaging in dialogue with Muslims and has written an article concerning this video for a website called Answering Islam. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
One of our global partners sent the following vignette from life with her 6-year-old, Lucy and her 11-year-old brother.
Lucy (weeping): Henry insulted me.
Rachel J.: What did he say?
Lucy: I forgot. I'll tell him to say it to me again.
Conjures up visions of yurts and herds of yak milling around, doesn’t it? Life feels pretty nomadic for our Global Partners: setting up home in a friend’s basement for the six weeks of furlough, missing the dog who was left with kind neighbors. Maybe he’ll be alive when you get back. Maybe he’ll have run away. Living out of a suitcases, losing that blankie that got left on the plane from Tokyo.
Betsy Lawler celebrated 20 years of serving as one of our global partners in Thailand. I missed the actual party, the speeches of thanks, and the good Thai feast that was enjoyed by all of her colleagues in the region. And yet on a recent visit to Thailand, my wife (Tamara) and I did get to celebrate with Betsy in a spectacular, God-glorifying way. We witnessed some of the beautiful fruit from those 20 years. Betsy, through the support of Bethlehem and many others, has served as one of our global partners with Campus Outreach.
Did you know that currently there are 9 family units from Bethlehem directly engaged bible translation efforts and at least 3 engaged in supporting the work of bible translation around the world. Imagine going into a country as a church planter and there was no local access to the Bible, or at best there is only access in a second language. This video also captures some of the most exciting movement in current bible translation work, local peoples taking ownership of the project themselves.
[This material is taken from an interview with a couple who undertook the difficult task of learning Russian for the sake of ministering the gospel in a Russian speaking culture. Their answers are differentiated by #1-wife and #2-husband.]
Q :: Having grown up monolingual, briefly describe what it was like to acquire a second language as an adult?