If you have ever misplaced a pair of glasses or a child’s sippy cup while at CVC, you’ve probably made your way over to the lost and found closet nestled between the active Sunday foyer and the entrance to the staff mail room. As you shuffled through other people’s personal items, you likely took notice of how many Bibles were sitting on the shelf waiting for their rightful owner to come and make their claim. Seriously, it’s not uncommon to have upwards of 30 Bibles sitting in there.
We in the beginning stages of our Unleash campaign, and our leadership has decided that part of the campaign is to raise 250,000 dollars to translate the Bible into the heart language of the SOLI people on Pearl Island.
Think about this for a moment – many creationists suggest that our world is somewhere around 10,000 years old. In 10,000 years, there are still people groups around the globe that have never had access to a single word of the Bible.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Our world has around 7,000 languages. More than half of them do not have the full Bible in their language and over 1800 of them do not even have a single word of the inspired word of God. This means that literally billions of people do not even have access to the saving knowledge of Jesus.
As you can see, there is an enormous amount of work that must be undertaken in order for every people group to have the Bible in their language.
The church must act.
CVC is committed to being a part of the solution. Yes, we want to continue to send hundreds of teams to Pearl Island to share the Good News. Yes, we want to continue to see people come to Christ there. But the work must not stop there. If we keep sending teams, but we never see these people gain access to the Bible in their language, the work of evangelism and discipleship is made that much more difficult.
And if another generation passes and never gets access to the Scriptures, it will be a travesty. Through our Unleash campaign, CVC is partnering with Wycliffe to begin the process of translating the Bible for our SOLI friends.
So the next time you open that lost and found closet and see stacks and stacks of Bibles sitting and collecting dust, take a moment and pray for Wycliffe, pray for CVC and our initiative; and most importantly, please pray for the SOLI people on Pearl Island.
I can’t wait to celebrate with all of you when we can finally announce the arrival of the Bible for our friends on Pearl Island!