How Will Lydia Discern God’s Truth?

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After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:8-10, NIV

Africa is the second-largest and poorest continent in the world. The population has grown so quickly that in some African states, more than half of the population is now under the age of 25.

While home to over 14% of the world’s men, women, and children, Africa is also home to 67% of the world’s 22 million HIV-positive people. A devastating 1.8 million of the world’s 2 million HIV-infected children are African. Of the billion people in Africa, most are either Christian or Muslim.

However, many Christians also practice animistic beliefs, keeping charms and amulets for spiritual protection and visiting traditional healers when troubled with serious illness or other problems. Even pastors blend traditional tribal beliefs with Christianity, as most lack even a basic grounding in biblical Christian theology. Few seminaries or Bible schools exist in remote and impoverished African nations, and few church leaders can afford to attend them. And of the 2,100-plus African languages, many still lack an accurate, contemporary Bible translation. Millions of people in Africa still do not have access to the Bible.

Consider Lydia, a mother of three who recently became a believer. She now is hungry to know how God intends for her to live; however, several hurdles stand in her way. The Bible is not available in her native language, which speaks to her heart. And the pastor of her small, yet vibrant fellowship has not been trained in the Christian faith at all. He is simply following the Holy Spirit’s call as faithfully as he can.

Without a Bible in her language, how will Lydia discern God’s truth and walk in His ways? How will she teach her children Bible truths? How will she share the gospel with her friends and neighbors? It is new believers like Lydia, struggling churches, and people needing God’s Word that Biblica seeks to help.

Please consider becoming a partner in ministry and help us get more Bibles into the hands of people like Lydia. Biblica appreciates your support to reach people in Africa with the gospel.

Biblica

Biblica, the International Bible Society, is a worldwide ministry that has been helping people read and understand God’s Word for over 200 years. We are committed to providing the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ. We do this through translation and publishing, by making the Bible accessible, and with innovative Bible engagement programs like Community Bible Experience. To learn more about our ministry and how you can partner with us to share God’s Word with people around the world, go to our ministry page.

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