He is a quiet, humble man, very nervous about public speaking. Yet he has changed the lives of hundreds while barely speaking a word When he was just 16 he met a Bible translator in the jungles of Brazil. From that moment on, he dedicated his life to bring the good news to people who had never heard about Jesus. He canoed rivers and hiked deep jungles to meet a tribe that did not even have a written language. So he listened and learned. A lifetime later, a tribe deep in the Amazon jungle now has a written language and the key books of the Bible translated into their mother tongue. They know the story of Jesus--and believe. The tribe confesses with their lips Jesus is Lord, and believe in their hearts God raised him from the dead. How beautiful are the feet of my friend who helped them hear the Good News!
O Lord, sometimes I am so tired of walking. Lift up my head, strengthen my weak knees and put a spring in my feet today, so others may hear the beautiful sound of the gospel, not in my language, but the language they speak. Amen.
Romans 10:5-15 (NRSV)
5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that "the person who does these things will live by them."
6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down)
7 "or "Who will descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
11 The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
13 For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?
15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"