Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
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.
Treasuring Christ Together
TCT is our ongoing strategy to fulfill our mission through a multiplying movement of campuses, new churches, and a Global Diaconate, united by a common mission and founded on a common biblical life and doctrine.
Bethlehem global partners who serve in the Shanxi Province of China with Evergreen will be in Minneapolis during July and August and are happy to meet with individuals who are interested in learning more about work in China. To schedule a time to meet, email Anika in the Global Outreach department.
One of Bethlehem’s global partners is serving in a Muslim area in Central Asia. He has recognized the need in his town for education and for projects that depend on local initiative, effort, and risk. Things have come together in an opportunity for him to work with local leadership to start a school. The school aims to service students from the first through twelfth grade, as well as provide extra- curricular instruction in English, computers and other subjects for additional students. The project is designed to be self-sustainable within three years.