The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Please pray for our current highlighted needs, our quarterly requests in our Prayer Guide, and our language projects.
August 2, 2021
1. Pray for the MOT (missionary orientation training) seminar being held at BI August 4-6, 2021. This is the first of what is expected to be an annual event. Pray those participating will learn much to equip them for future service.
2. Continue to pray for the terrible situation in Myanmar. One of our colleagues there tells us that as many as 1,500 people are dying each day in the capital city. This week, both the treasurer and the former director of our affiliate there went to be with the Lord. Our colleagues are losing family members, standing in line trying to obtain oxygen for them, and giving direct care to those who are critically ill. In addition to people dying without medical care and/or medicines, the oppression and killing under the military junta continue, Pray the Lord will meet the needs of people there – spiritual, physical, financial, and emotional.
3. Colleagues with whom we work in a country in Asia are also experiencing COVID illness. Please pray for them as well.
4. Pray for the family of one of our Chadian translators. Torta recently went to be with the Lord. This not only leaves a gap in his family; it also leaves a huge hole in the translation team.
5. Pray for Abigail H., daughter of BI translation consultant, Joshua and Barb H. Abigail will begin teaching in a Christian school in Colorado this school year, after graduating from a university this spring. She and her dad will be driving out to a suburb of Denver. Pray for safety as they go and for a good school year for Abigail.
6. Pray for Joel and Sarah W. and their five children as they adjust to life in Guam. Joel will continue serving as a translation consultant for languages in Myanmar. Living in Guam puts them nearer the same time zone as Myanmar, making it easier to work together online.
7. Thank the Lord for a work team from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan, who shared their strength and know-how with us. They spent several days working on maintenance and updates on the outside of BI’s building in Grand Rapids.
8. One of our retired members is lingering between earth and heaven. Pray the Lord will be gracious to her; pray too for grace and strength for her family. Saying goodbye is never easy, even if it means only “until we meet again.”
9. Pray for those who are raising support. Ryan and Amparo P. have raised approximately 32%. Ron and Terri W. have approximately 60%. Caleb and Rebekah W. have approximately 28%. Pray God will give them grace as they continue this important aspect of missionary life.
April - June 2021
Those Who Went Before Us
As Bibles International (BI) celebrates our fortieth anniversary, we would be remiss if we did not honor those who went before us. Without the all-important triumvirate of Paul Versluis, Fredric Carlson, and Henry Osborn, how might Bibles International have come into existence?
In 1980, then-president of Baptist Mid-Missions Dr. Allan Lewis, contacted Paul Versluis. Paul was a BMM missionary working as a church planter, a man with an entrepreneurial spirit, a large heart, and a vision to reach the world. Who better to catch the vision of the proposed Bible society BMM wished to birth? With wife Genella by his side, Paul launched this new ministry. It was started in their home in Grand Rapids.
Within a few years, Fred Carlson approached Paul about the Carlsons’ dream to become involved in a literacy and literature program for the mission fields of the world. Fred and his wife, Maxine, had served in the pastorate for many years. Paul was eager to have them join, but Fred and Maxine faced a daunting task. In midlife, they would have to leave a salaried position and raise their own support. But they trusted God and He did not fail them. In 1984, when BI was only three years old, Fred and Maxine joined Baptist Mid-Missions so that Fred might become the director of BI.
By this time, Paul was on the road much of the time, traveling to make people aware of Bibles International’s ministry and raising funds for the work. Having Fred and Maxine join them gave Paul more liberty to be out presenting BI. People groups around the world who had heard of this newly established Bible society contacted them, seeking help.
But who would oversee the Bible translation and literacy aspects of BI? Next quarter we will learn about the all-important work of Dr. Henry Osborn. He, too, went before us, showing us the way.
1. Naocha S. meeting with the Chairo in Asia, July 5-16.
2. Lun H. conducting a workshop with the Sideros in Asia, July 5-16.
3. Hye Ree P. working with the Akha in Thailand, July 5-16.
4. Troy M. conducting a workshop with the Metanoia in Georgia on July 19-30 and September 9-22.
5. Alex W. working online with the Rvwang in Myanmar in July.
6. Lian K. meeting with the Bualkhaw Chin in Myanmar in July.
7. Lian K. meeting with the Bualkhaw Chin in Myanmar in July.
8. Hung K. meeting with the Zomi in Myanmar in July.
9. Angam R. and Alex W. working online with the Rhema in Asia on Tuesday evenings alternating weekly.
10. Ron W. conducting a workshop with the Dagaare in August.
11. Jonathan V. meeting with the Riza in Asia in August.
12. Alex W. meeting online with the Teleo in Asia on Tuesday evenings alternating weekly.
13. Chris P., Dan G., Glenn K., Isaiah P., Joshua H., Troy M., Jim W., Ryan P. and Stephanie H. participating in a Hebrew course in August.
14. Joshua H. working with the Day in Chad, September 13-24.
15. Glenn K. working with the Sara Madjingay in Chad in September.
16. Cathy H. and Isaiah P. conducting a workshop with the Tenek in Mexico in September.
17. Angam R. meeting with the Choros in Asia for workshops in July and September.
18. Dan G. meeting with the Krupto in Asia in September.
19. Kim H. working with the Patris in Asia in August and September.
20. Pray the Lord will make it possible for all who hope to attend the consultant seminar in August to be able to attend and arrive safely.
21. Pray the Lord will bless the annual meeting offsite, where as many as possible BI staff members gather together to praise the Lord for what He has done in the past and to look forward to what He will be doing in the future.
22. Ask the Lord to continue to protect our colleagues in South Asia as the country is experiencing an inundation of COVID-19 cases. Ask Him to stop this if it would please Him.
23. Pray for a future consultant who is seeking to change his visa from a student visa, following his university graduation, to a religious workers’ visa. He is Brazilian and has been studying in the USA.
24. Pray as BI considers buying a house in Chad which would be used for a future translation center if the Lord should so lead.
25. Pray for those involved in preparing for the first full MOT (Missionary Orientation Training) seminar in August.
26. Pray for continuing wisdom as the director and administrative team make decisions regarding international travel.
27. Thank the Lord that the Bualkhaw Writers’ Handbook for Myanmar has been completed.
28. Troy M. is rejoicing that two volunteers are helping him work on the BI glossary in English, French, and Spanish.
29. Thank the Lord that Ron and Terri Webber have a condo under contract in the Grand Rapids area.
30. Praise the Lord for those in Asia and the Grand Rapids office who have recovered from COVID.
31. Thank the Lord for His blessing of a healthy baby girl for Biak and Lun H. in Asia.