Daily Topic for March 01, 2010
Much of what we will read and pray about this month will have to do with Bible translation work. From this verse, we can clearly understand why. Jesus is the Word, personified! Though He is not with us in the flesh, we all know that His Word, the Bible, is the key element that the Holy Spirit uses to draw all men to the Father.
Thank the Lord that you have His Word in your own language.
Mission work was nothing strange to Lyman MacCallum. He was born to missionary parents on June 18, 1893 in the city of Maras, Turkey, perhaps the oldest city in the world, and one of Lyman’s favorite places on earth. His father was a professor in the Theological Seminary there, and Lyman and the other missionary children often played on the seminary property. By age 17, Lyman had completed his education and moved to Canada.
At age 29, he went back to Turkey, the land of childhood memories, to work as a reporter for a Canadian paper that sometimes published his stories. Lyman never suspected that Turkey was to be his home for the rest of his life. Three years later, in 1925, he was appointed by the American Bible Society as Acting Sub-Agent for Turkey.
It would not be an easy task to sell Bibles in a country suspicious of everything called “Christian,” but Lyman loved the Turks and diligently worked to introduce the people he loved to the Book he loved. He started by advertising the Bible in Turkish newspapers and displaying it in bookstores. Although technically there was religious freedom in Turkey, the concept was so new for Muslim lands that it took real courage for a bookseller to stock the Bible, much less display it openly.—AL
Pray for God to give workers among Turkish Muslims an intense love for His Word that will drive them to take any risk needed to get the Bible to the Muslim peoples.