I can hardly describe the transformative power of receiving a Bible for the very first time. But we witness it again and again, when people have their first-ever encounter with God’s Word. It is astounding. It’s a miracle.
Your Christmas gift for Jannatul Naim changed his life — and eternity! He was struggling for survival in an impoverished slum of Dhaka in Bangladesh. His country is 90% Muslim, and he came from a Muslim family. But there was little time for religion as his mother desperately tried to provide for her children on her own — Naim’s dad had left long ago.
They don’t learn about the Savior multiplying the loaves and fishes — there’s no singing of “Jesus loves the little children” … Instead as they’re growing up, they learn about tales of angry spirits and witches! Most children in Nepal are Hindus — but a strong strain of ancient animistic religion has become syncretized with their Hinduism and infuses tales of hungry ghosts that bring destruction.
That’s how long it would take to translate the Full Life Study Bible, known internationally as the Fire Bible, from English to Nepali.Even then, you would need two translators. One person working alone couldn’t possibly do it.But when Udgam heard about it, he immediately applied for the translation assignment and said he would do it all, himself. He is a bi-lingual Nepali man who had received the English-language Fire Bible years ago.
If I told you who was asking for Bibles, you would be shocked — It’s a majority-Muslim nation that has previously been closed to us — a place where Christians are at risk and there’s fierce opposition to the Gospel. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is at work. Muslims here are looking for hope, and they’re willing to take the risk of learning about Jesus …