A Word From Steve Jones
January 14th, 2019
From November 5-19, 2017, I’m challenging all Fellowship churches and people to join our Bible Engagement Project called #TheGreatestBook.
For 14 days and three Sundays we desire to read God’s Word together. On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we long to study God’s treasured gift, the Bible.
A Word from Brian Stiller About a Modern Gospel Champion
I recently read a blog post written by Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance and fellow Canadian, Brian C. Stiller. He tells the story of missionary Ruth Thomson who was recently featured in an article in the National Post (click HERE). Both Brian’s post and the National Post article show her deep commitment to bringing God’s Word to an unreached people. It’s truly an inspiration.
Brian tells us how Ruth Thomson was born into a life of privilege in Toronto high society. Instead of pursuing the life of a debutante for which her parents had groomed her, she graduated from Toronto Bible College (now Tyndale University College), and went on to study linguistics. She headed out as a team member with Wycliffe Bible Translators to live among the Kayapo people in the jungles of Brazil. These tribal people had a reputation for killing foreigners who strayed into their territory. Through unbelievable physical struggles and overcoming significant barriers, she lived with them for five decades.
Ruth Thomson’s story is remarkable. She was one of tens of thousands of women called by God to go to places that most others wouldn’t go at a time when ministry leadership options for women were unavailable. Her work focused on developing a written language for the Kayapo people; making God’s Word accessible to them in new ways. Her story is one of bravery and resiliency. A great example of obedience to the call to see the Gospel go forth to the nations.
In his blog, Stiller goes on to comment about the incredible power of the written Word of God. He writes, “Three hundred years after Martin Luther and William Tyndale triggered the Protestant and English Reformation by translations of the Bible into the vernacular, a shoe cobbler from England set loose a fire storm of translations which in this century is still one of the most sustaining and critical elements underlying the outward move of Christian witness and prevailing faith.
“In 1793 William Carey, Father of modern missions, sailed for India where he translated the Scriptures into Bengali, Arabic, Hindi and Sanskrit. What he did became the basis of a strategy for Protestant missions generally. However, it wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that a global movement devoted to Bible translation was organized.
“In 1942, Wycliffe Bible Translators was formed, bringing together translators already at work. It is one thing to translate, but another to get the Scripture into the hands of people. The numbers are astounding. In 2014, the United Bible Societies distributed a total of 428.2 million Scripture portions around the world. This is just this one Bible society, although the largest.”
I strongly encourage you to read Brian’s article in its entirety (for the full post, click> HERE). You will be encouraged and reminded once again of the life-impacting gift we have been given through God’s Word.
Being in God’s Word daily is so essential to a healthy spiritual life. I pray that each one of our Fellowship churches and people will enjoy the benefits of being in relationship with their Saviour in this way. We’ve created #TheGreatestBook
Bible Engagement Project to encourage our brothers and sisters in their walk with Christ.
Please go to> www.thegreatestbook.ca <where you’ll find a #TheGreatestBook
toolkit available for download.
This toolkit includes:
Don’t miss this opportunity to be studying God’s Word together as a church or believer within our Fellowship family. Check out the website today and download these free resources and tools.
Have a blessed week,