Bill Patterson: June 2017 Prayer Letter
Have you ever met someone from the Nuba mountains of Sudan? John, his wife, and seven adult children live at a refugee center a short distance from our home. We met ten days ago as I was out soulwinning, and he took me to his humble home. He told me of his faith in Christ, the life-and-death race to flee his homeland, the endless years at a refugee camp in Egypt, and how God answered his prayers and allowed him to come to America. When I asked to see his Bible, he hung his head. The authorities had not allowed him to bring one with him two months ago when he left Egypt. After searching without success for a Bible in Nuba Moro, his heart language, I purchased several in Arabic and gave them to him.
Many people commonly read the Bible in a second language! God’s Word has power in a second language, but it has its greatest power in the heart language of a reader. Some of John’s children read Arabic, and most of them understand it fairly well. Would you pray with me for the 1.5 billion people of the world, who like John, do not have access to the Bible in their own language? God hears our prayers.
Praise God for special offerings from our home church! All expenses for our recent vehicle accident have been paid. Our church also gave generously to help with the Missionary-in-Training program. At present, we only lack about $1,500 for the projected expenses for MIT 2017, which will begin next week.
In Christ’s love,
PS: We are thrilled to announce that we have received our first box of Mongolian New Testaments!! In three weeks, Marcy and I will be in Mongolia for the dedication service. Thank you so much for praying for us, and for being our partners in the Lord’s work. We are truly grateful for your prayers and support.