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April, 2004 --- Vol. 20.1

"May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth
will fear him."
Ps 67:5-7

A Changed Life

Every time Bruce Benson (SIL translator) goes to Llata, the municipal capital of the Huamalíes Quechua, he goes to the flag-raising ceremony in the main town square. He was there in May, 1989, the day the terrorists lowered the Peruvian flag, ransacked the municipal building, and declared that the revolution had come and they were now ruling. He, his wife, Jan, and 14-year old son, Bryan, were held captive that day with threats of death. They were later released.

Each time he has witnessed that flag raised in the years since, it reminds him that “Light” won over darkness; God gave the victory.
On Sept 21st, the flag was once again raised in the public ceremony in the same town square, preceding the parade that ended in the stadium where the Huamalíes Quechua New Testament was dedicated to God before 3000 people—the same plaza and town where 14 years before terrorists claimed to rule! And in the crowd was one of the terrorists, Jorge, who had participated that day 14 years before.

Jorge had become a Christian while in prison. This was his first trip back and he publicly asked forgiveness of the police, the town authorities and the Quechua people for all they had suffered and the lives lost due to his and his comrades’ crimes. He and the Llata police chief, also a Christian, testified to God’s saving and forgiving grace.

Jorge is now a missionary to Argentina directing a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Bible school that sends out missionaries around the world. He has a special passion for youth as he knows how sad and unhappy his own youth was and how he found meaning, fulfillment and love through Christ.

Yaminahua New Testament

Even a jungle rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the celebrants deep in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Lucy Eakin began working with the Yaminahua in 1975. You can imagine her excitement to unwrap the first Yaminahua New Testament. The fruit of her labor was especially evident in the lives and hearts of those gathered to dedicate the Yaminahua New Testament.

Sometimes the older Yaminahuas reminisce about chanting all night under the influence of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drug, in order to contact the spirits. The living Word of God in their hearts has now allowed them to have peace, both with God and with men from other tribal groups with whom they used to fight.
Thanks for being part of the Bible translation team, bringing God’s Word into the tribal world.

On the home front

"Hey, Dad, can I go to the US for the summer?” Funny how such a simple question starts a flurry of work. Can you imagine trying to make all the arrangements long distance without e-mail?
Within a few days Laura had a job lined up, tickets purchased, and parties planned. The only thing left to do is finish her school for the year before she flies off on May 31 for three months. Besides worrying for her (Good thing she will be staying with Loris and Ondrej!) we will miss her—a taste of the empty nest.

World Translation Statistics
New Testaments translated:
530
Programs in progress:
1,500
New Testaments remaining:
3,000
People without Scripture:
380,000,000
Volunteers needed:
1,600
Christian population:
1,999,600,000

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