December 12 2018
Seventy men, women, and children sat down on the large plastic tarp spread out on the dirt at the entrance of the village. With a dubious history as roving Gypsy thieves, this unique community of the Banjara tribal people is now settling into a more traditional agricultural life. What a privilege for me to stand before them sharing God’s Word.
The stories of Jesus I chose seemed to capture their focus and move their hearts. Indian people delight in drama, so my translator and I acted out some of the events described. Their response showed clearly that God was at work! The next thing I knew I was given a bag of candy to pass out to the children.
It was obvious to me that the village people lacked basic, essential health care. Open sores, infections, and disabling injuries were quite evident. Our team spontaneously promised to sponsor a free medical clinic in the coming year. God’s love is best understood when it is demonstrated, not only explained. Expressions of kindness and compassion were the norm in Jesus’ own ministry. He healed the sick and took notice of those suffering without help and hope. May the Lord teach us all how to be sensitive, ready and willing to meet the needs of people around us. It is the greatest joy in life!
By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India
July 19 2016
Bibles to satisfy their hunger for God and for his Word. Youth especially need
Bibles that they can connect with easily. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Guzmán Mouriz (pictured on right in green) never owned his own Bible. He read a copy that his grandparents owned, but he really
wanted a Bible that was geared for his age.
Society’s Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to Cuban church leaders so
that the people can have access to God’s Word and grow in a relationship with
him. Bibles for Cuba not only provides Bibles, but it delivers them in a
version that can meet people, like youth, where they are.
Alexis’ first Bible
is special to him, especially because it is a version that is easy to read and
understand for him.
contains interesting ideas, stories, and notes about characters from the Bible,
and it also shares about themes of interest for youth,” he said. “This Bible,
for me, is the best!”
that God continues to bless Bibles for Cuba so that others, especially Cuban
young people, can learn more about the Word of God. As they reach critical
growing points in their lives, the fact that they can own their own copies of
the Bible to guide their lives closer to God is an irreplaceable value.
Bibles are very important for the Christian youth of our country,” Alexis said.
“Thanks to God and to you (OMS’ Bibles for Cuba), many young people can have
their own Bibles, just like me.”
Please pray for
Alexis, that God will speak to him and guide him through his Word, and that
other young people can have their own Bibles as well. Please also continue to
pray that Bibles for Cuba can provide as many Bibles as this nation needs so
the hunger for the Word is satisfied.
Would you like
to help people like Alexis own Bibles so they can grow in relationship with
God? To learn more and give to Bibles for Cuba, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/biblesforcuba.