As I mentioned Sunday – one of our missionary families is about to embark on 3 month journey of sharing the Bible for the first time with people who have never heard the gospel truth. The Callahan’s and their team have been preparing for reaching the Iski people for years. The moment has arrived and they earnestly covet our prayers each day. Here are few words from Seth and Rochelle and at the bottom see their blog link to get the most recent update:
“For five years our people have set themselves apart, living in this cultural anomaly. For 2 ½ of those years our village has had our team living among them, learning their culture, learning their language, developing their alphabet, teaching literacy classes, and working to translate God’s Word and develop chronological Bible lessons. Our team has been working tirelessly (or, more accurately, to the point of much tiredness) in our effort to ensure that when the message of salvation is presented to our Iski friends it will be in a way that they can easily understand, as well as in a way that will highlight the tension points of their current beliefs with the message of the Bible.
On February 6th we will begin the first of 70+ lessons that will introduce the Iski to the God who created them, loves them, and longs to have them brought back into fellowship with Him. We will start at Creation, move through the Fall, follow the promise of the Redeemer through the Old Testament, make known the person of Jesus, the power of the cross, and the promises of our future. We will introduce them to the character of God, the destructive power of sin, the purpose of the Law, and the magnificence of Grace.
For two hours each morning, five days a week, Jason and Andre (our teammates) will stand up and teach our entire village… We will be making Scripture passages available (in the Iski language), so our literacy school graduates can see for themselves (and for the sake of others) that the truths we are presenting in our teaching are not merely our thoughts, but truths that are straight from the Word of God.
Please, please, PLEASE, be in prayer for our village during these next months! Our Iski friends are going to have the strongest pillars of their worldview brought into question during this time. They are going to regularly be forced to choose between what they have always assumed to be true and what the Bible says is true. The humblest among us will still struggle with accepting our complete separation from God and our absolute inability to do anything, in and of ourselves, to change it.”