Sorting It Out
As we begin this Journey together, let’s begin with the end in mind. What does the big hope of our mission really look like? It looks like churches growing on the strong foundation of God’s Word. It looks like “every race, tribe, nation and language” able to engage the Bible in their heart language. It looks like a fresh hope for the millions trapped in darkness who long to hear from God in the turmoil and trauma of life – and to hear from Jesus in the language of their hearts.
When we succeed at this mission, we will see a groundswell of Christ-followers ushering in the transforming power of His Word into the families, cities and nations of this earth.
But it all starts with men and women like you and me who have been called for God’s purpose.
Our work is the continuance of that ancient story that God has been writing for thousands of years as He works to bring all people back to Him through the saving love of Jesus. That is the story that we are writing together. That is the purpose to which we are called. That is the greater mission that our mission supports.
As American Bible Society approaches its third century of ministry, we step into this historic but ongoing story, bringing God’s Word right into the skepticism and turmoil of our world today. It truly is an opportunity like no other. Together, you and I can see God’s Word as the strong foundation for God’s Church. And together, you and I can see God’s Word in every language, every tribe, every nation in this generation.
As we approach this season of working together, it’s important that we know each other’s stories. I want to know yours and I want you to know mine because God has brought our stories together for a reason.
Over the next few weeks I will share some of my story. But this exercise is not about me. It’s about God’s grace, faithfulness and wisdom to call us into this mission work together– praying together, working together, and diving deeper together into the Word of God.
Think back over the events that led you to American Bible Society. Think about what has kept you here. How did God prepare you for the role you’re in today? Take some time to ask and listen to the stories of the people with whom you work.