Daily Topic for March 31, 2017

Isaiah 55:1a, 11, NASB
Ho! Everyone who thirst, come to the waters …. So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

With faith, pray that the efforts to get God’s word to the peoples of this region will not return void. Pray for the word to spread quickly and transform lives and communities.

Bible Translation Process and Progress

A Dagestani Bible translator shared, “When I read my first-ever Christian book in my language, it had a huge spiritual, emotional impact inside me that overwhelmed me. I understood spiritual truths at a much deeper level. I knew I had to finish the Bible for all my people. In our culture, even if some don’t read well, the fact that this important book is actually in our language makes all the difference in the world. All will say, ‘This Bible is something that is part of my culture. I can respect it.’ Doors open. When I am in my deepest crisis times and cry out to the Lord in prayer, I pray in my own language, not Russian.”
David Garrison in his book, Wind in the House of Islam tells of many from Muslim backgrounds such as this story from Egypt: “I took out my Qur’an … but instead something drew me to the New Testament. As I read it, I felt my heart open like an old door. ... It was like drinking cool water, and I wanted to drink it all.” Likewise, the peoples of Dagestan desperately need the Word in their heart languages.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the 18 active North Caucasus language Bible projects (three more than three years ago!) will be completed, and the seven inactive projects will be restarted. Pray for startup projects for the remaining 13 languages. There are now 10 languages with complete New Testaments, and one complete Bible in Chechen. Pray for widespread usage, distribution, and penetration and transformation of cultures.

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