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Literacy and World Mission

Feb. 23, 2015By: Drake Williams IIIAuthor Bio

Samuel Zwemer, missionary to Bahrein, Egypt, and Asia Minor had this to say about literacy and world mission:

The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.

books192ca6b83f5As part of the overall mission effort in training Christian leaders, here is a plea to encourage translation of Christian resources as part of the overall mission effort.


The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. - Tweet this


Many who read this blog may know that Christianity is growing in many places in the global south and east. Much of Christian literature, however, is in the languages of English, German, French, and Spanish.  Very few books are available in some very important languages that are critical for world evangelization. It would be good to encourage ways to get Christian resources into languages around the world where there are fewer Christian resources.

Consider, for example, the language of Hindi. It is one of the top five languages spoken worldwide. There are 310 million Hindi speakers in the world which is over 4.5% of the world’s population. It is also a strategic and influential language since it is used in many governmental affairs. It is fair to say that Hindi is the most influential language in India, which is also the second most populous nation in the world.

Hindi also is a language which many hidden people groups speak. Some 350 hidden people groups speak this language. Thus, there are thousands who have yet to hear Jesus Christ can grant salvation from sin, power for living, and hope for eternity.

Christian materials in English will not have a positive effect. Some missionaries who work in India have found that books in English do not communicate because of the past history of British colonialism. For those who speak Hindi, the Hindi language preserves their culture. English was the language of the British colonists and with their abuses. They do not want to lose their Indian identity. Thus, they need Christian materials in Hindi.

While literature can never replace the missionary, we can significantly aid mission work by sending Christian materials in the language of the people whom we are trying to reach. Let’s not forget this important means of reaching the world and discipling new believers!


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Gaining Perspective On World Issues

Jan. 6, 2015By: Drake Williams IIIAuthor Bio

There are times that world issues seem so large that they may rarely have direct effect on daily living. In other words, we may know that there is a significant concern in the world, but that issue does not appear to affect daily living.

This last year, however, our family was confronted with the realities of nuclear terrorism because it has changed our normal routines. The church where I serve as the pastor, Trinity International Church has many roads closed surrounding it. Church activities for two days were canceled due to road closures for the protection of 58 world leaders including US Presidentimages85783a99c4 Barack Obama, UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon, and China’s President Xi Jinping who are here. Due to this summit, the Hague area had some 5000 extra delegation members and 3000 journalists from various countries. The center of The Hague was also shut down.

In the surrounding area, it is also obvious that something big is happening.  Schiphol airport in Amsterdam shut down a runway so there would be enough room for the visitors to park their jets for the two-day meeting. Large highways such as the A5, A44, N14, and many lanes on the A4 were also closed. Dutch officials encouraged workers to stay at home to take the stress off of the local roads.  Many of the nation’s trains were also affected. In short, the concern of the world interfered with daily living in the Netherlands.

As someone living relatively near to this summit, I was thankful for this conference for several reasons. The most obvious is that it is good for international leaders to gather and speak to each other. Addressing this issue is important. Nuclear terrorism must be prevented. While it is not my daily concern, if it is left unaddressed, our world, my church, and possibly my family may be affected by something greater.

There is another reason for being thankful. When a world event intervenes, it lifts my eyes away from daily living and reminds me that there are greater concerns that need my attention in prayer. Poverty, the spread of HIV, human trafficking, and war are all great needs. Many live with these concerns each day. While they are not concerns in my daily living, they are very much the concern of others and are worthy of time in my prayers.

From a Christian perspective, there are also great world needs which also deserve a spot in my prayer life. The gospel must be preached to the nations. One-third of the world does not know that Jesus can save people from their sins and give eternal life. One hundred and eighty million people are without the Scriptures in their own language. Much of Christian literature is found in 4 major languages – English, Spanish, German, and French – but not in others. Two hundred million Christians are persecuted for their faith. Likely the greatest need of all is for trained Christian leaders to preach and teach the gospel message. These are great needs. If these are left unaddressed, our world, my church, and possibly my family may also be affected by something greater.

I do not prefer to have my life disturbed. However, there are larger issues in the world than my daily concerns. While my life was disrupted for these days, it has brought my focus back to greater world issues. I was thankful for this Nuclear Summit for addressing nuclear terrorism as well as lifting my eyes to greater realities.

Please join me in prayer for nuclear safety in our world, but also, join me in prayer for the greater needs in the world and the worldwide cause of Christ. What may be out of sight daily is still in need of prayers and attention regularly. May God help us all to have a bigger picture of our world and its greater needs.

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