5 Minutes Monday

Today I have something excited to share with you. But first, Thank You for spending your 5 minutes to read and pray with me today for the Unreached and Bibleless People Groups.

Our Focus UPG today is Penghulu People. They are about 30,000 people live in this area in Sumatra Island.

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Their language is a mixture of the Minangkabau language and the Jambi Malay language, widely spoken by every one, every day. They don’t have one verse of God’s word in their language. The largest religion is Islam. Though in general the Penghulu are Muslims, they still cling to traditional animistic beliefs for everyday life. They believe that strong spirits inhabit sacred sites. Some are still in the habit of giving offerings to appease the spirits. Many people seek help from the shaman for daily needs like treating the sick or casting out evil spirits.

Would you join me today to pray for them?

  • Ask for God to send His workers to this people, to reach them strategically.
  • Ask that doors will be open for translation work to give them access to God’s word.
  • Ask God’s Kingdom will be there, His will be done for this people as it is done in Heaven.
  • Ask God to show you how you can be part of His works for this people.

And here’s the exciting news!

One of Wycliffe’s partner organizations, The Seed Company, released a new Devotional e-Book, Joy In All Circumstances. It’s a beautiful devotional designed to both encourage the reader and prompt them to pray for the Bibleless People Group.

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You can download the free devotional HERE (or click on the picture to download). And please feel free to share this blessing with your families and friends 🙂

And would you please consider to join us as a Prayer Partner? Visit TSC Prayer page to join as a Prayer Partner!

THANK YOU! Your partnership in prayer and financial give these people access to God’s word that will change their lives when they read it in the language they can understand best! Our prayer that God bless you abundantly!

The True Freedom and The End Goal

“Jadi sudara-sudara, torang kase tau pa ngoni kalo ngoni pe dosa-dosa bole dapa ampun lantaran Yesus so mati di kayu salib.” (Cerita Yesus Pe Utusan-utusan 13:38)

“Sebab itu Saudara-saudara, haruslah kalian tahu bahwa melalui Yesus ini berita tentang pengampunan dosa diberitakan kepadamu;” (Kisah Para Rasul 13:38, BIMK)

“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.” (Acts 13:38, NLT)

This is why we wanna go to SEA*, to proclaim among the people of SEA* that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. There are about 18 million people who speak about 400 languages and have not yet have God’s word in the language their heart languages.

How can they hear about this good news if there is no one go to there to translate the Word, share with the people and teach them the truth?

How can they be saved if they never heard of this news, believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth that Jesus is the Lord of their lives?

How can they know that they can have eternal life through Jesus if there is no one tell them about it?

How can they live their lives in righteousness and please God’s heart when they have no instructions how to live in God’s way?

pd_photos_woman-reading-bible-220x150These are fundamental questions asked to us every day. We are who are new creations in Christ and called ourselves as God’s children and Jesus’ followers receive the same commands when we read our Bible, the God’s Word to us. He command us to be the salt and light to the world. Jesus said that the world will know us as his followers and friends through our love to each others. And we are commanded to go and share the Good news with every people, in every tongue and language, in every land, and teach them so they may come to believe in Christ and be baptize in His holy name. The end goal of all of what we are called and commanded to do are:

  • God will be known among the nations.
  • God be the God of all people.
  • God is the one who will receive all the glory from every people, tribe and nation in every tongue and language.

We can read about all of these from the beginning of the book of Genesis until the last page of the book of Revelation. This is the end goal of all….

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.  And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.  They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Nothing that the men could do to save themselves from the eternal death. Jesus is the answer to their hope! They have been waiting too long to hear this good news and it is only a good news until it is shared with them.

You know the truth from God’s word will set you free (John 8:32). And the very same truth they will know in their heart languages will also set them free. This is the true freedom that they have been looking for!

What can you do?

  • You can pray from where you are sitting right now. PRAY for the people in the world and especially those who are in SEA*
  • You can get involved with God’s work through your church or mission organization to reach out the people locally and globally.
  • You can be financial partners to support God’s work through missionaries. God use His people and churches to provide the needs of His projects all around the world!
  • You can be the one who answer the calling to go to these Bibleless People Groups and Unreached People Groups.

In the last 2,5 years we are waiting for God’s specific assignments to us and finally, last month we got the answers. We got accepted as Wycliffe Associates volunteers. Dave and I will be working close and side by side with the local organization to equip, motivate, mobilize the workers, volunteers and churches. And also while we live among the people, reach out to them. God can use anybody with any skills and any education backgrounds. There are so many needs out there in the mission fields! You might one of the people God has called to meet the needs of the workers… Would you be praying for that?

So, my dear friends and families… What will you do?

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Prayer, Where It All Starts

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Always be one of my 1000 gifts every day that I am able to read God’s word in my heart language! We’re still waiting for the completion the whole Bible. But there are about 200 million people who speaks over 2000 languages are still waiting to have 1 verse of God’s word in their heart languages.

Today’s HelloMornings reading is from Acts 11:1-30, It’s all begins with prayer. In the whole passage Peter explain to the Apostles in Jerusalem what had happened and why he ate with Cornelius, the Gentiles (Acts 10:4) that is because the Angel of God had appeared to both of them at the same time, different places.

Pe degar itu, tu orang-orang Yahudi yang percaya pa Yesus so nyada se sala pa Petrus. Dorang puji pa Tuhan Allah kong ba bilang, “Jadi, orang-orang bukang Yahudi lei Tuhan Allah so kase kesempatan for bertobat supaya dorang bole dapa hidup kekal.” (Kisah Para Rasul 11:18, Manadonese)

Ketika mereka mendengar hal itu, mereka menjadi tenang, lalu memuliakan Allah, katanya “Jadi kepada bangsa-bangsa lain juga Allah mengaruniakan pertobatan yang memimpin kepada hidup.” (Kisah Para Rasul 11:18, Terjemahan Baru)

When others heart about this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.” (Acts 11:18, NTL)  

This happened because Cornelius were praying and God heard him. God gave Peter a mission to go and reached out Cornelius and his households. God changed Peter’s perspective of sharing the Good News not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. God showed Peter that what God knew Peter would understand the best.

This is one of the prayer I have been praying for since I went to a small village in East Borneo, Indonesia. A group of people who speak the language I couldn’t understand and cannot speak. They do not understand Indonesian at all because there is no school at all there. Nothing. They were left behind. God showed me the way I could understand best what He wants me to see. He showed me the needs. He changed my perspective and motive to go back to school and finished my study. God leads people because He hears others prayer. He hears the people calling out to Him.

Would you be the answer today to end this Bible Poverty? How about start with praying?

Would you join me in prayer asking God to send more workers like the Apostles in the book of Acts to go translating, preaching and teaching God’s Word to them?

Would you pray for us asking God to open doors & provides the needs for us to go to SEA*?

THANK YOU for saying “Yes, I will be praying.” God is listening and will answer all your prayers according to His will and His glory in Jesus Christ!

Greater Joy

This is not a coincidence that this week prompt for Five Minute Friday is JOY.

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This is not JOY…. It is the greater JOY I ever had in my life with Jesus that I have almost the whole Bible in my heart language! I can read it online, at any time, any where.

I admit that I am crying with tears of joy while writing this post. This is the joy I want to share with everyone. This is the joy that I want those who have not yet have the Bible to have too. This is why my husband and I want to go and share this joy with them. We want to go to let them know that God is alive. God cares. God speaks in language they understands. God wants them to know Him and to love Him.

In God’s word we find the true joy in the midst of craziness of life. In God’s word alone we find the answers of this life. Through reading God’s word, we hear Him speaking to us.

But they won’t have it if they do not have the Bible.

For 12 years my walk with God, I read the Bible in Indonesian and English. My husband went to my hometown in 2007 as part of his short mission trip with Wycliffe (at that time we were not dating yet) and when he came back to Jakarta to see me, he brought back a book of Acts and the story of Joseph in Manadonese. That was my very first time read God’s word in my heart language.

And then in 2012, the director of Bible Translation in Manado, sent me 5 partial books of the Bible in Manadonese and 3 other languages that in one cluster. I REJOICED!

Last night, I got an email from the director and she gave the link to the Gospel of God in Manadonese Online! I am leaping with joy to know that we now have access to God’s Word in our heart language, Manadonese! We have the website to read it now and waiting for the printed one to be done soon!!!!

Wanna know how my first language look like? You are welcome to visit the website here:

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THANK YOU for all of you who have been praying for this. God heard and answered your prayers for us. PLEASE continue pray for the rest of 400 languages in Indonesia who has been waiting for so long to have the Bible in their languages!

THANK YOU for all the translators who have been working so hard to make it happen.

THANK YOU for all financial partners who have invested financially in this projects for the people of Manado can read God’s word

THANK YOU for administration people and IT supports people who work heard behind the scene. Without your supports, this won’t happened!

To God only I give my praise! He is the one who have started the good work in our lives and He will continue to work until the day He reveal His glory!

We are so close to have the whole New Testament! Almost at the finish line!

I would like to invite you to be part of the mission to bring God’s word to 200 Million people who speaks at leas 1,900 languages in the world so that they can have the joy we have in Christ…. Check out these organizations and please be prayerfully consider to be their partners:

Wycliffe Bible Translations

Wycliffe Associate

The Seed Company

God’s word for every people in every language.

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