Have you ever helped translate a Bible?
That’s a trick question, I suppose. Because I know you have. You have because you’re partners in our ministry.
And this month kicked off the Ethnos360 year-end project, Bible translation.
I was tasked with developing our year-end campaign, with writing most of the copy for it, and with shepherding the whole thing through to completion. Several important changes we made, along with a simple, accessible and compelling project, ought to make this our most effective year-end project yet.
But hold on. What’s that mean? What will make it “effective”?
Well, on the one hand, it’d be great to see enough come in to fund a complete New Testament translation. Because there are few things more vital to establishing churches than putting the Word of God in the heart language of the people, and putting that in their hands.
I’d also love to encourage more people to take part. Generosity is a joy and a blessing for those who give. Paul wrote to the Philippians that he wanted them to give because of “the fruit that abounds to your account.”
And when those two come together – when people enjoy the blessing of giving and their gifts provide for an entire New Testament – it’s amazing.
Think about it for a moment. People who’ve never even been able to read and write their own language before, learning to read and write, and getting the Bible in their own language for the first time. All that’s provided for when people give to the translation fund. That’s huge!
And it’s a huge blessing to be able to be part of that. Right?
That’s why I said it’s amazing. And this amazing thing is what you’re making possible because of the role you play in our ministry.
Pray: Thank you for praying for relief work in Sulawesi. Our team there is diligently working to reach smaller villages on the island, ascertain needs and provide help. Please keep praying. Your gifts can help as well.
Thank you for praying for our team’s trip to Liberty University. We had fewer direct contacts than we had hoped for, but a large number of quality contacts – students who expressed interest in working to drive toward a thriving church for every people. And the Liberty University team was so impressed that they’ve invited us back in the Spring, and then instead of being one of a hundred-plus ministries on campus, it’ll be just us. Pray for good follow-ups and follow-throughs with the contacts we made, and pray for the Spring event.
Thank you for praying about our financial needs. For our $3,500 in immediate needs, $100 has been provided. Please continue to pray.
Give: A gift of $35 provides for translating a verse of the New Testament, as well as providing to teach people to read and write their own language, and materials for Bible lessons on that verse. Learn more or give.
A gift of any size to our ministry allows us to:
- Give people opportunities to be part of God’s work around the world
- Raise funds for dozens of Bible translations
- Challenge college students to get involved in church planting among unreached peoples
- Assist with disaster relief
And more. We are currently in need of $3,400 to finish out October; we are more than $30,000 shy of our ministry budget for 2018. If you’re thinking about making a year-end gift, we’d appreciate it if you’d think about helping our ministry drive forward into 2019.
You can send a check, with a note that it is for the ministry of Ian and Julie Fallis, to Ethnos360, 312 W. First St., Sanford, FL 32771. Or you can make a secure gift online.
Learn: I’ve been benefitting greatly from the opportunity to teach at church this month from the book Grace: an invitation to a way of life. This past Sunday’s lesson on confession, based on a message from John Ortberg, generated a lot of discussion and feedback. You can buy the book on Amazon.