All on the Same Team
We're at our very first training with Wycliffe Bible Translators!
Lindsay and I are starting to learn all about what makes Wycliffe unique and what to expect in the next few years. It's so exciting and we are learning so much.
Meanwhile, the kids are in age-specific classes that are teaching them all about what it means to be a missionary and getting them equally as excited about Bible translation around the world.
The Wycliffe HQ also has a small museum that teaches about what Wycliffe is doing around the world and the vast amount of work that still needs to be done. We're excited to be a part of what's happening right now.
But I think the most encouraging part about being here has been being surrounded by other missionaries that are all passionate for Bible translation. It has renewed in me the optimism of what is ahead and the excitement of my new job!
And it is striking just how varied the positions are that it takes to make this happen all over the world. We have airplane mechanics, translators, teachers, recruiters, and field coordinators all jumping on board together to be a part of Wycliffe. Because the truth is, it takes a whole team to bring the Bible to Bibleless people groups.
And what a great picture of how the body of Christ is supposed to work together.
Romans 12:4-5 - "For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 - "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
The Church is full of people with different gifts and passions, but we are united by the Spirit in Christ for His glory. And Christ, who is the head of the body, is on a mission to spread his kingdom to the ends of the earth. As his body, therefore, we are all on that same mission together--united in purpose.
Our unity means that we are all on the same team, trying to win the same battle for the hearts of people around the globe. So how is your life helping further this goal? What are you doing to accomplish God's purposes for his kingdom?
Now, this does not mean that everyone needs to pack up and go overseas! On the contrary, we need all sorts of different roles to make this happen.
So, while I'd love for you to join our mission and partner with us as we set out to bring the Bible to people that don't yet have it, that's not the point. My heart is for you. How can you jump on board with what God is doing? How can you help spread his name to the ends of the earth?
If you've been considering full-time missions, let me encourage you to pursue that. Missions organizations, like Wycliffe Bible Translators, need people in countless roles to get on board. It is almost guaranteed that there is a place for you to be a part of Bible translation.
If your role is to financially partner with strategic missions that are accomplishing God's purposes, do it!