Your July-August newsletter from Jim & Lauren Killam, Wycliffe Bible Translators
'We have seen remarkable things today'
Our pastor spoke recently from Luke’s gospel, where a paralyzed man’s friends go to great lengths to get him before Jesus.
Luke may have been a doctor, but he also was a great journalist. Matthew and Mark recorded this story in their gospels, too, but Luke provided more details. The friends brought the man on a mat and tried to maneuver into the crowded house where Jesus was teaching. Unable to do that, they carried him to the roof, removed a few tiles and lowered him “right in front of Jesus.” Can you picture it?
You know what happened next. Jesus first pronounced the man’s sins forgiven, then healed him — telling him to pick up his mat and walk home.
The next line struck me (Jim):
"Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” — Luke 5:26
When God does something amazing, eyewitnesses typically respond in two ways:
1. They worship God;
2. They want to tell everyone what they just saw.
Those stories are happening everywhere today. I think of a woman in Ethiopia named Almaz, who walks from village to village to tell stories of Jesus to people who don’t yet have the Bible. Or of two south Asian women leading a Scripture-based trauma-healing workshops in a region where Christianity is not welcome but is taking hold anyway. Or how deaf people are finding Christ in an unlikely location through sign-language Bible translation.
Another great story: In rural western India, New Testament translation into the local heart language is helping the Church grow and mature. Often, it starts with kids reading Scripture to their parents. Photo by Jim Killam for the Seed Company.
So many of these stories are happening, but most are not being well-reported. As a result, I believe the Church is dangerously under-engaged in God’s global work. My Wycliffe assignment is about helping to fix that problem: reporting previously untold stories about God’s work in the world, and training people everywhere to do the same.
More and better stories lead to increased momentum for the gospel in the form of prayer support and funding. They help us better measure the impact of ministry work. More broadly, though, the global Church engages. People do what they were created to do: glorify God.
When we realize we’re part of a remarkable story, we respond just like the people who saw Jesus heal that paralyzed man. We're filled with awe and we say, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Publish his glorious works among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
— 1 Chronicles 16:24 / Psalm 96:3
Many of you have been praying for us as we build our team of prayer and financial partners. Thank you! After several weeks with relatively little movement on the monthly budget Wycliffe has set for us, we’ve jumped to 57% in less than two weeks!
Thanks for those partnership commitments. This is much more than “support.” You are truly on mission with us, playing a vital role in what God is doing in the world.