Monday, April 30, 2012

Can You Read the Bible?

Once upon a time in a class I took way back at the very beginning of my education journey, our team did a presentation on John Wycliff and the first English translation of the Bible. I don’t remember much about that presentation except that we delivered some creative message using the board game of Monopoly. I never really…I mean really…understood the value of that translation work until now and at that only a slight grasp. Can you imagine only being given the Word of God as interpreted and translated by the leaders of the Catholic Church (that was the issue prompting translation at that time). At that time, these leaders (not to the exclusion of so many others) were primarily interested in promoting their own agendas and a few people who knew better took on this major project of translation.

About the size of a brick, amazing!
Every day I take for granted the ability to read the Bible in English. Heavens, I take for granted the ability to read the Word of God for myself. I realize I need lots of help understanding what it all means, but in the end my interpretation and understanding is between me and the Holy Spirit. I can NOT imagine having never read or even heard the Bible in my own language. I just can’t imagine.

Many of the people in Karamoja, and thousands of other places around the world, have either never read or heard the Word for themselves or they’ve heard the Word through translators and interpreters, much like the Catholic Church did for us 400 years ago. I am certainly not implying that anyone has ulterior motives, to the contrary. Many people bring messages for the Karamajong, but there’s something about hearing for yourself.

As I prepare for this pastor’s conference in Karamoja, where I’ll deliver biblically-based business teaching, I’m also preparing to deliver Sensible Shoes to the children there. I’ll wash their little feet and fit them with the shoes you sponsor as I teach them about walking in the way of love from Ephesians 5:1-2 (check out the blog post). My prayer is that the leaders would see this act of love and work alongside me to do the same as the Word of God plays in their heart language.

How? Faith Comes by Hearing makes this gizmo called a Proclaimer. This Proclaimer has:
·         An installed microchip containing Scriptures in the heart language.
·         A battery that will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times.
·         A built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery.
·         A sound of digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.

Watch the blog toward the end of May for this blessed event. I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces as they hear the Word in their own language and I pray they are moved to know Him more.