Reaching Other Languages For The Glory Of Christ
“...Behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:13-14).
Even as early as the Book of Genesis, we see that God’s desire was (and is) that all people be blessed through our Lord Jesus Christ. After the episode with the Tower of Babel which led God to confuse the language of the people and scatter them over the earth (Gen. 11:1-9), He began to work through Abraham, promising to bless all nations through him (Gen. 12:3; 22:18). We can now rejoice because God is fulfilling that promise through our Lord Jesus Christ, who was slain, and through His blood has purchased men for God “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).
The Apostle John records these well-known words of Jesus, reminding us of how great God’s love is for mankind: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Jesus goes on to share that no one took His life from Him, but He laid it down of His own accord (John 10:18). In other words, because of their great love for all people, our Heavenly Father was willing to sacrifice His own Son, and Jesus was willing to give up His life as that sacrifice. The Apostle Paul describes the cost of this love in this way: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
As people receive that love, it is not surprising that they develop that same desire for the salvation of all people, and become willing to give unselfishly of themselves in order to reach out and share God’s love with others. In the New Testament, for example, we see God’s people pressing forward with God’s message, crossing racial barriers, cultural barriers, national barriers and language barriers. In our own day, such work continues as missionaries, Bible translators, and others continue to go into all the world with God’s burden for those of other nations and languages. Other believers intercede, and still others offer funding and other support to help fulfill God’s desire that all peoples on earth be blessed through Christ. The Apostle Paul gives a beautiful description of how all of this works together: For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’” (Rom. 10:12-15).
One of the privileges of the ministry of Herald of His Coming is the opportunity to share the Lord’s message with believers and unbelievers in many different nations and in a number of different languages. The staff of Herald of His Coming thanks all of you who help with this outreach. The Lord is gracious to work through your gifts and prayers for Herald of His Coming and Herald International to bless the lives of many. Your support for the other language editions of the Herald is especially appreciated as a number of these are reaching brothers and sisters in Christ who are in very difficult circumstances where there is much oppression to the Gospel and very hard living conditions.
Our prayer is that the Lord may enable us to continue with you in this precious work, as we look forward to the day when “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues” will stand before the throne and in front of the Lamb, and cry out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10).
Praise And Prayer For The Romanian Herald Ministry
Sister Carol Schulz, editor of Vestitorul (the Romanian Herald), recently shared this testimony written by a “dear Romanian handmaiden living in a small mountain town in Romania” –
“…I am a child of God since 1944…and in 2000, through my dear sister Carol, the Vestitorul with its deeply edifying teachings, was given to me. Personally, I was the beneficiary of rebukes, atonements and many blessings, which I agreed with, giving all glory to God for many revelations of the Word through the Holy Spirit. Again, a recent issue has been especially revealing to me. Now together with a neighbor and her adult daughter, we study the Vestitorul together, praying for others and for lost souls. We are deeply grateful to you for what you are doing, and we pray to our Heavenly Father that He give you His abundant grace and good health for what you do because of your love for Jesus, His Name and for believers.”
Please join us in praising the Lord for the way He is working through Vestitorul to bless this sister and others in Christ in Romania! Join us in praying that the Lord will put this work upon the hearts of some dear believers who will be able to help the work in the days ahead through their giving.
New Version Of The Herald In The Urdu Language!
Praise the Lord with us that the first issue of a new version of the Herald in the Urdu language is printed and in the process of being distributed to believers in Pakistan! The brother overseeing this work shares that he is already receiving very positive response from readers, including their desire to receive the Urdu Herald on a monthly basis. This initial version of 1,000 copies is comprised of eight pages and includes two Herald articles on the theme of prayer. Please join us in praying for the Lord’s provision for this new work so that it may continue and expand in the days ahead. Pray for our brother as he selects and translates articles. Pray for the Lord’s anointing upon the Urdu Herald so that readers are deeply edified and encouraged in their spiritual walk and service.