ReachOut Spring 2013
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"…
by the Rev. Todd & Patsy McGregor ReachOut Jan. 2002
As told to Todd McGregor by his former students who are now evangelists:
Recently, some of the student evangelists from the school of lay ministry went into the rain forest for an evangelistic mission. On this particular mission trip, the students had walked about twenty miles, carrying supplies such as a projector, generator, speakers and other equipment needed to show The Jesus Film. Each morning, the team visited people in the village sharing the Good News. In the afternoon, the students would teach the people about Christianity and would typically present a skit and show The Jesus Film…
by Fran ReachOut May 2001
Fran, who spoke very movingly on prayer at New Wineskins 2000, has worked in the Middle East for over twenty years. Four years ago she started over in an area that had no known believers. What does it take to see the church take root in a new, “unreachable” area? What are the steps involved?…