Sometimes even I don’t believe it.
In our short fifteen years of marriage, we’ve done a lot of things.
- We moved to India having been married only six months.
- On our first anniversary we spent 7 weeks traveling around North India, including a three day camel trek in the desert.
- We dorm-parented 19 11th grade girls (and had a blast) the same year we welcomed our first child into the world.
- We’ve welcomed five more children into the world in three other countries.
- We’ve worked with children (and adults) from all over the world and have seen the beauty in the diversity of culture and country.
- We’ve had adventures in India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, Netherlands, America, Thailand, and more.
We’ve done a lot. Seen a lot. Lived a lot.
And yet, in all the color we’ve seen — from the streets of Mumbai to the color of fall in the US —we’ve never seen this before.
And what is this you ask?
The dream of seeing translated Bibles for each and every one of the approximately 2000 languages that are still waiting for their FIRST WORD of Scripture.
We’ve never seen something we believe in so deeply, something we are committed to so whole-heartedly, and something that makes us want to focus so intently.
My greatest source of blessing, encouragement, and hope in my life has been through the powerful words of the Bible. From the time as I child I wept reading, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed your transgressions from you” to the time this week I spent smiling and snuggling my three year old as I read, “He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children,” my Bible has been my nourishment, my sustenance, and my refreshment.
As we spend our days in training as part of the newest class of members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, we become more and more excited (and more and more humbled) to be part of a group who long to use their individual personalities, passions, and plans to see a vision come alive. Vision 2025 is a dream Wycliffe and its partners around the world have to see a Bible translation project started for every language that needs one by the year 2025. And each of the people with us this week, as well as each of you, has a unique role to play. God has equipped each and every one of us to be part of Vision 2025. It’s Wycliffe’s vision and it is our vision. It still amazes me that Jason and I can use our particular skills and passions to accomplish something so beautiful.
Can you imagine something more amazing? More astounding? More colorful?
Revelation 7:9 & 10 give us a glimpse into the colorful beauty we have to look forward to:
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
What a celebration that will be!
I cannot think of anything I would rather give my life to and I can think of no other dream I could have in my heart that would compare to the joy of seeing people with the word of God in their own language for the first time.
We’ve lived a colorful life, but it pales in comparison to the color we’ll see on that glorious day.
And in case you couldn’t tell, my kids live a colorful life as well