Daily Topic for January 02, 2012
Have you ever thought of how difficult it has been to get the Bible to the nations? Even within “Christian” kingdoms during the Middle Ages, people were sometimes executed for trying to get the Bible to those who didn’t have access to it in their own language. A privileged elite kept His Word a well-kept secret. In today’s world, Wycliffe Bible Translators is trying to get the Bible into every language by 2025. (http://www.wycliffe.org/Explore/WhenWillWeFinishtheTask.aspx)
Pray that the Lord’s instructions and blessings will be made available to the nations, so that they can trust in the Lord.
In 1900, Rowland and two missionaries again set out for Africa, just six years after his first trip. Now he was married to Helen, who stayed home in Canada with their two small girls. Thanks to the introduction of quinine, a medicine used to treat malaria, going to the interior of Africa no longer meant a likely death sentence.
The years rolled by and the work of the Sudan Interior Mission grew. In 1915, Rowland Bingham and a companion spent six months visiting the eight Sudan Interior Missions stations, covering hundreds of miles on foot or on bicycles under the harsh African sun.
Again in October 1929, Rowland Bingham, along with 21 missionaries, sailed for Africa. His wife would continue to publish The Evangelical Christian, the magazine he had started. In Jos, Nigeria, West Africa, he visited the SIM Niger Press, which turned out portions of the Bible in 35 languages; this would become one of the fastest ways to spread the gospel in areas where missionaries were unwelcome.
While meeting with leaders of missionary societies on how to penetrate the northern Nigerian provinces, Rowland said, “Unless something very definite is decided here, I am going to Kano City, Nigeria. There I will stand in the marketplace and preach the gospel to the people. I will probably be imprisoned, but something needs to be done to draw attention to the fact there is no religious liberty in that area.”
Pray for God to open the door for religious liberty in the closed parts of Nigeria.