From Seedlinks, the newsletter for The Seed Company, comes the story of Minsef, a man living in southeast Asia.
“For years, Minsef lived in a coastal southeast Asian town, doing menial work away from his hometown. He earned a living, but felt disappointed and unfulfilled. Although a national-language church offered good fellowship, Minsef couldn’t understand enough to apply the sermons to his own life and didn’t have any Scripture in his language to read.
Tired of filtering God’s Word through a second language, Minsef made an attempt to translate some verse into his own Eipo tounge. But he soon realized he didn’t have the proper training or understanding to produce a high-quality translation.
When the Eipo project began, Minsef proudly volunteered, along with two of his friends. He told the project facilitator, ‘This is what we’ve desired for many years. We’re ready to work if you’ll train us and show us the way!’
Minsef knows what it’s like to struggle to read God’s Word in another language. Now, as a Bible translator, he wants to be sure his friends and neighbors don’t face that as well.”
Minsef’s story reminds me of Paul’s statement in I Corinthians 1:27, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” God can and will use people without life-long training or a doctorate in linguistics to spread the message of the gospel: that all have sinned and need the atoning sacrifice of Jesus to find peace with God. He can use runners and walkers to raise awareness and funds. He can use anyone whose heart is willing to serve and be obedient to His call.