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by Flora Galbraith
ReachOut, Winter 2013

 

 

As the Office Manager for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF), I knew my time last spring at the New Wineskins for Global Mission conference in Ridgecrest, NC, would be busy. We had an exhibit to run and many to interview. By Sunday I had only been to one morning Bible study and one Anglican Global Mission Partners event. I made sure to get to the worship service.

The worship was wonderful and at the end of communion the different cultures and people groups were presented on slides—

Are there any who have not yet received the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation?
More than 1 billion Muslims have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
550 million Hindus have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
300 million urban poor have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
275 million Buddhists have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
150 million Chinese have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
140 million animists have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
37 million Sikhs have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
17 Million Jews have never been invited to the Lord’s Table.
2,100 unreached people groups have no church to invite them to the Lord’s Table.

Who will go share the Good News that the banquet is prepared for everyone?
We will go, by our prayers, our offerings, our lives, we will go!

It is always a moving part of the service. As a believer you want everyone to know about the relationship you have with Jesus. But as I stood there and the slides kept going I told the Lord that there was a slide missing—it was one that gave the number of Deaf people worldwide who have never “seen” the sign for Jesus. I was actually angry and kept talking to the Lord about how hard it was to reach the Deaf on my drive back home to Pennsylvania. They have a unique language and culture—but their handicap or what makes them different is not noticeable until you try to communicate…

The Rev. S.D. Ponraj
Pastor, Bihar Christian Church
ReachOut, Fall 2013
 
THIS SPRING 42 MORE PEOPLE were trained as lay leaders in two Portable Bible Schools. On May 5th, twenty men and women completed their 40 days Portable Bible School and graduated at Khurda in Koshy Region. Among them there was a lady by the name of Meena Kumari (age 27) who committed herself to serve as a full time evangelist—she is leading five women’s fellowships which are in the process of becoming house churches…
by Wycliffe Bible Translators
ReachOut Spring 2013
The Bible translator Lee Bramlett was confident that God had left His mark on the Hdi culture somewhere, but though he searched, he could not find it. Where was the footprint of God in the history or daily life of these Cameroonian people? What clue had He planted to let the Hdi know who He was and how He wanted to relate to them?

by Bob Creson
President/CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
ReachOut Winter 2011

The hot desert day was over and a small group of Borana people—nomadic cattle herders in Kenya—sat down under the stars to share news and stories. As Wycliffe/Summer Institute of Linguis­tics workers Jim and Dorothea Lander joined them, an elder began to speak.

AN AMAZING STORY

“Long, long ago,” he said, “the Borana people had a Book of God. We called it our Boogi Waqa and everyone had a copy. We read it often to learn how to please God. But as the years passed, our books began to wear out until eventually only one remained—the prized possession of an old, old grandfather.

by YWAM North Africa / Middle East
ReachOut Summer 2011

[Even though there have been changes particularly in Sudan, Libya, and Syria, the vast majority of this is still excellent background information for prayer.]

The significance of the events now unfolding in the Arab World is perhaps greater than  anyone can fathom. From the day Simon of Cyrene carried the cross for Jesus, to the day of Pentecost, through the martyrdom of thousands more up to now, North Africans have been in the heart of our heavenly Father.

by S.D. Ponraj, General Secretary of Bihar Out-Reach Network (BORN)
ReachOut Spring 2009

Bihar is one of the most strategic states in North India. Bihar State has set trends for the whole of North India, whether in the freedom struggle, politics or spirituality. Bihar, long the “the graveyard of missions,” is now becoming “a vineyard for missions,” one of the most open and responsive states for the gospel in India today. People from all castes and communities are responding to the gospel in an unprecedented manner. Opposi­tion to the gospel, prevalent in many other states of North India, is not seen as much in Bihar now. The Lord is doing a new thing in Bihar, which we believe will also set new trends for other states of North India…

ReachOut Fall 2007

Hu, a lively 6 year old Miao boy ran into the main road of his Asian village to catch up with his friends and did not notice the car coming around the corner. Screeching its brakes, the car slammed into Hu, tossing him beside the road. By the time Hu’s mother and father arrived at the local hospital, the young doctor was shaking his head sadly at the serious, multiple injuries. Would he survive?

A heart-breaking, but common story: children are suffering in countries far from our own parish. We feel concern, but also despair. What can be done? Can we really make a difference? Yes, we can!…

by Carol Zylstra, Wycliffe Bible Translators
ReachOut September 2005

A few months ago my co-worker Lynn and I were visiting Mixtec Lan­guage Academy friends in their office in Tlapa, Guerrero when several Mixtec officials from a mountain village dropped in. They greeted our Academy friends and shook hands in the traditional Mixtec way. But they just stared briefly at us, and took seats on the other side of the room. We felt just a bit nervous, since we knew these officials were from a town that had a bad reputation. Other Mixtecs had warned us that these folks were very hostile to outsiders and easily  provoked to violence toward anyone…

by the Ven. Rennis Ponniah, Archdeacon of Singapore
ReachOut March 2004

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Isaiah 61:1-2a

South East Asia is a place where many ancient kingdoms (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Confucian) continue to find expression. Practically every nation in the region is decisively multi-religious and multi-ethnic in character. For those living in South East Asia, peace, though long sought after, is never taken for granted. the kingdom of Jesus Christ is the only answer to this quest for peace. It is a kingdom that begins in the human heart, touches lives personally and transforms communities radically. Let me draw out three salient aspects of Christ’s kingdom that are particularly relevant in the South East Asian context…

by the Rev. Norman Beale ReachOut Jan. 2002

On Monday morning, I read from John 11:5–12:8 with special savor. In this reading, Jesus enjoyed supper together with Martha, Lazarus, Mary, some of his disciples, and presumably with Simon the Leper. At this supper, Mary took a pound, or about a pint of pure nard and anointed Jesus with it. This story is found in all four Gospels, with slight variations (Matthew 26.6-13, Mark 14.1-11, Luke 7.36-50, John 12.1-8) and there are references to Nard in the Song of Solomon. In St. Matthew's account, Jesus tells us that “wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her"…

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