Daily Topic for November 14, 2007
The Israelites were paralyzed by fear. They were intimidated by the Philistines’ vast superiority in numbers and weaponry. Nevertheless, Saul’s son Jonathan maintained his confidence in Yahweh. Willing to take a risk, he summoned his armor-bearer and made his way up the mountain to a Philistine outpost. There God gave him a tremendous victory that catalyzed a rout of the entire Philistine army. God still honors this kind of faith. As you confront Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations, what bold steps is He asking of you?
Labeled as “invalids” by their Central Asian governments and societies, the deaf have few opportunities to seek an education or career, and even less opportunity to “hear” God’s word.
The Bible League, however, is changing this prognosis in Kyrgyzstan by “showing” the deaf the gospel. Christians are being trained by the Bible League to become sign-language translators for the deaf. Thirty translators are currently signing during church services nation-wide. They also offer Bible Studies, encourage social interactions, and nurture the faith of the deaf attendees. Sixty churches have requested translators. Sixty-two Bible Study groups and eight worshipping groups have begun in the last five years. The deaf don’t say, “I heard the gospel,” but, “I saw the gospel.” Thanks to these efforts by the Bible League, they now understand the gospel!
Nearly 1,000 deaf people in Kyrgyzstan have been lifted out of isolation through the efforts of Bible League-trained translators. The Bible League partners with local churches worldwide, training and equipping Christians to use the Bible to make disciples and establish new churches.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the deaf may lead their hearing neighbors to faith in Christ. Pray that they may demonstrate the biblical truth that God loves all, including those considered less worthy by many societies. Pray that the Bible League will be able to continue this work without interference from hostile forces.-JS