Their Only Hope

A client I work with has several hundred missionaries throughout the world that work on translating the bible into other languages.  A little over a year ago, they had four missionaries killed when radical militants came into the workplace where five men were working.  The militants came in and killed two men very quickly. As they ran out of ammunition, they then began beating the others that had survived. Two other workers laid on top of the lead translator, saving his life. They died deflecting bludgeoning blows from the radicals’ spent weapons.

The president of the missionary organization said it wasn’t on the news “because it’s not news. This is actually normal. Christians are attacked, they’re beaten, they’re killed, they’re jailed, they’re tortured, and they’re terrorized in this part of the world routinely.” In fact, they expect it, and yet, “they have such a thirst and such a commitment to getting God’s Word to their people that these are risks that they accept.”

You’d think that after such a brutal attack, the translation team’s confidence would be shaken. In fact, quite the opposite is true.  The president said “It increases their resolve to seeing God’s Word reach the hearts of the people who are caught in this kind of violence and hopelessness.”

They see that political and economic and other religious solutions are not answering the needs of the people, because “they’re not offsetting the violence and radical terrorism that’s occurring. They [the translators] really see God’s Word as their only hope.”

I find their faith both very humbling and inspiring.  What am I willing to do to further God’s kingdom?  What hardships am I willing to endure?  Father, we pray for all your disciples and missionaries.  We pray that you continue to fill them with your strength, courage and faith as they live out your Great Commission in the most difficult of circumstances.  Amen. 

Brad Gauen

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