We can not imagine our lives without the Bible. Without the Bible, we would have to rely on others to tell us about God, leaving us feeling distant from Him. With the Bible, we read Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name; you are mine”. I couldn’t sleep when Hunter was in the hospital last year and I clung to Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” When we began to learn about the Bibleless people all over the world who are without this source of comfort and direct communication from God, it brought tears to our eyes to know that this is how they must live.
Only 457 of the more than 6,800 languages in the world have the complete Bible in their heart language. What is this term “heart language?” It is their native language, not a trade language of their country or the language taught in school. Why is this important? One woman described reading the Bible in her national language like eating a banana with the peel on. Yet reading the Bible in her heart language is like eating a banana with the peel off, sweet and delicious and leaves you wanting more.
There is a great urgency for the work of Bible translation. There is transforming power in God’s Word, as we know from seeing our own lives transformed, and we can’t wait to see nations transformed too. We feel the urgency to go and have sold our home so that we can be ready to go as soon as our partner team and funds are in place.