Christmas Offering 2013
In this modern age, with immense technology at our fingertips, we can use a smart phone to obtain information from the far corners of the world, listen to our favorite music, and download books, including any number of Bible translations. While easy access to information, and particularly access to the Bible, is something we take for granted, for others around the world, this is not the case. In fact, in some places, the Bible is a “foreign” book, and the Gospel message does not yet exist in the language spoken by that people.
For this reason, the 2013 College Park Church Christmas Offering is targeted at that exact purpose – to bring Bible translations in the native language of some of the hardest to reach peoples.
WHY A TRANSLATION PROJECT?
Right now, one-third of the world sits in spiritual darkness. One-third of the world’s languages do not have a copy of God’s Word. One-third of the world has no access to the Gospel.
No Bible. No Gospel.
Meanwhile, we sit comfortably with dozens of Bible translations available at our fingertips within seconds.
What can we do to close this gap to bring a Bible to the Bibleless – to bring light to the darkness?
OUR CHRISTMAS OFFERING THIS YEAR
In partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Christmas Offering will go towards a remote region in East Asia. Wycliffe reports that more than two-thirds of these minority language communities have no Scripture available in their heart language and that there are virtually no believers or mature churches in their midst.
The translation needs in this area are enormous, and many communities in this region are difficult to access. The arduous travel to reach this region and the mountainous terrain inhibit the native peoples from moving and interacting with other communities in the area.
To help bring the Gospel to these people, the Christmas offering will go towards a strategic number of projects within the region:
- Fund a New Testament translation from start to finish
- Accelerate translation for three language communities
- Help nurture native language literacy
- Print scripture, fund medical workers, and provide medical supplies and equipment
- Fund training of native tongue translators
- Complete a language survey in the region for future translation projects
- Establish a fund for translations of new languages
Your gifts towards this Christmas Offering will make an incredible difference in the lives of (literally) millions of people. While access to the Bible is something many of us can simply download, with your gift to THIS offering, the unreached people groups of the Cloud Mountain get THAT, a Bible to read on their own.