For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
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?
[This material comes from an interview with a Bethlehem global partner whose family has gone through the arduous process of learning Arabic. They're now in the process of acquiring another major national langauge of their host country.]
Andrew Fuller said that William Carey's mission to India seemed like a few men who considered going into a deep, unexplored mine.
It was as if Carey said, “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” The meeting, in Fuller’s mind, was as if he and the other brethren gave their word that “whilst we lived, we should never let go the rope.”—Baptist World Mission
A team from Bethlehem left this week for a survey trip to Sudan. Below is a letter that was written about their trip by one of the members of the team.
"South Sudan is the newest country in the world. Spending forty out of the last fifty years consumed in a terrible civil war. More than 2.5 million people were killed, and twice that many were forced to flee.
The following video is from a convention for English teachers in the Arabian Peninsula. Consider the speakers arguments for maintaining a diversity of languages. What aspects of her arguments can serve as motivation for those desiring to become multi-lingual? What aspects of her discussion point out the challenge facing English speakers who want to learn another language? Discuss these questions with your Nurture Program Cohort or Missions Team. Consider the implications for Americans who desire to serve cross-culturally.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.—Deuteronomy 7:9
After returning from a teaching trip to Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) with my wife, Kelina, and The Bethlehem Institute (Track 2) graduate Dieudonné Tamfu, I have been left with the sweet taste of God’s goodness in his faithfulness to his people.