The Great Commission Text in Matthew 28: 18-20 is the key text for our engagement in the Mission of God.The Church around the globe and the various mission bodies had been caught up with the mandate for mission inherent in this text. Our nation is no exception when it comes to the presence of missionaries spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The text has become a foundational text for aggressive missiology underlying new evangelical movements in the sects and main-line Churches. The text has been used and abused over the years and hence a flawed understanding of mission was developed forgetting or ignoring other important dimensions of mission. In the New Normal and beyond the New Normal what we are experiencing today, how we understand the Great Commission Text and the Mission of God is of utmost importance.
International Translation Day is celebrated in all our offices and Auxiliaries across India with the theme of 'Finding the words for a world in crisis' on September 30th, 2020. This day was a good opportunity for all of us to remind ourselves that Bible Society's Mission is all about making the Scripture’s Words of Hope, Strength and Comfort, Available, Accessible and Affordable to everyone and that Bible translation is at the heart of this work.
I thank God for presenting me the Holy Bible and equipping me to get engaged with it day and night. I come from Villupuram – Tamil Nadu. I was a very religious person. Every morning I would perform rituals and prayers, but deep down in my heart I felt a vacuum. This caused me to search for a true and living God. I came and settled in Bangalore. We have seven children and four grandchildren.
I was married to Mr. Nagamuthu who is a balloon seller. While playing in the street, one of our granddaughters was kidnapped at the age of 3 while I was alone at home taking care of her. It’s been 12 years now. We couldn’t find her. This prompted my husband to become alcoholic. My husband, son and daughter-in-law started harassing me. After couple of years, my husband died and I was deserted for a while as I was not accepted in the family as a widow. Few years back, slowly my son and daughter-in-law came and settled with me.
Had I not received the Gift of the Scripture; I would have committed suicide. In the midst of persecution, I read the Bible and I was suddenly filled by an unspeakable joy. Now, I can deeply feel God’s love for me and I started to learn to love everyone in the family.
I want to thank the Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department of the BSI for Implementing the Project among the widows and the suffering women. Reading God’s Word loudly in the family every day is bringing healing in our relationship.
AMAN - LIFE TRANSFORMED
Mr. Aman is a 18 year old boy resident of GEL Church, Campus, Nayagaon Port Blair, South Andaman. He has just passed his 12th class. He has received Bible from us while we had a Bible Display in Gossner Evangelical Lutheran (GEL) Church. He was so glad and happy to have his own Bible. As he was saying earlier his life was not so good and had some bad habit as well. But his life has been slowly changing while reading the Word of God and it was a great time during the lock-down every day he used to read the Bible and based on the teaching of the particular passages he committed his life to the Lord. And now his life has been moulded and his friends are surprised the way he lives and conducts himself.
He is grateful to the Lord for His Word and for the Bible Society through which he received the Bible in affordable price.
We invite you to pray for and financially partner with this life-changing work.
The Salvation Army Changzawl Village Corps,
Mizoram BSI Local Committee members collect and cut fire woods and sell.
The income is given for the Bible Cause.