In Paul’s letter to the Romans, we find these words: ‘For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes – Jews first and also Gentiles’ Romans 1:16.
There is great power in God’s Word. We often hear and recall the historical significance of events in the Bible, but it is important to be reminded of the power it has in lives and communities today.
William Cameron Townsend (Uncle Cam), the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, had a profound understanding of that power. The Bible had transformed his life, and he believed it would do the same for others around the world. “I’ve built my whole life around that book, God’s Word to us,” he said.
By no means the first or the last, God used that young man, Uncle Cam, as a catalyst for the expansion of the global Bible translation movement. Thousands of language groups around the world were waiting to understand God’s message for them.
From the largest to the smallest people groups on earth, every man, woman, and child has a right to the Word of God. No one should have to learn another language to understand it.
Following on from the likes of John Wycliffe, William Tyndale and Martin Luther, Uncle Cam believed that Scripture – God’s Word in people’s hands, written clearly, accurately and naturally in a language they can clearly understand – can transform lives.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over seventy-five years since God imparted that vision to Uncle Cam, with the result that Wycliffe Bible Translators was born. Today we continue to be in awe of the power of God’s Word in the lives of individuals and communities around the world.
In this issue of Living Words you will read of stories written by our own Wycliffe New Zealand members who have seen first-hand this life-transforming power from encountering Scripture. They highlight moments when God used his Word to speak into someone’s heart and bring change. They celebrate the incredible importance of the Bible in growing and shaping God’s kingdom today.
As you read these stories may you be encouraged and inspired by the power of God to move in us and through us for His glory. Thank you for your part in seeing this become reality for so many around the world as they encounter God’s Word in their heart language.
On behalf of those who are yet to hear and understand the power of God’s Word at work in their lives and in their communities.