“Oh, Annie – thank you so much for coming! If you had not been teaching the women God’s Word, and if I had not come inside and listened to what you said, oh…what might have happened to me?!”
This is how Angam expressed his joy at hearing and receiving the Gospel through one of our translation friends. We spoke often of Kim and Annie Colich during our recent furlough in Australia, and shared how life has changed for Angam and his wife Aikiba.
How do we answer Angam’s question, “…what might have happened”? God had His hand on Angam long before Kim and Annie ever set foot on Tami ground in PNG. Scripture assures us that we are in His thoughts before ever we draw a breath.
My frame was not hidden from you. when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:15-17
God would work in Angam’s life, drawing him to Himself in one way or another. In this case, His way was through Kim and Annie and the translation of Scripture into Tami. And we know from Romans 10:14-15 that this is God’s default method….. sending, preaching, hearing, believing, and calling out to the Lord.
There is more room for some extra feet on the mission field. We are in need of translation and literacy workers, together with teachers, medical staff, administrators, tradespeople…. anyone with a heart for people needing God’s word.
This work does not just impact the ones receiving the word. Annie comments that, ““If this was the ONLY fruit I ever saw, the ONLY life in which God ever used me to draw someone near to Him, then my 26 plus years in PNG among the Tami would have been worth it all!”. It is such a joy to be one of those with “blessed feet”.
Perhaps you should ask yourself…… “What might happen?”.
Please pray …
- that God would provide workers for the task ahead of us – reaching the many people groups in PNG yet to have His word in their heart language.