More Than We Could Ask or Imagine
October 29, 2016
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
One of the most common questions I hear as I travel around the U.S. and the world is this: Why does God so uniquely bless and use the ministry of Thru the Bible
? While no one can answer the question definitively, we can observe some biblical principles at work which probably help us get close.
First, this ministry is based on prayer. The thousands of World Prayer Team members and others who pray regularly for this ministry are providing the power that keeps this marvelous work of God going strong.
Second, Thru the Bible
is based on the whole Word of God, and we know that God honors His Word! Isaiah 55 says,
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
–Isaiah 55:10, 11
Finally, we are committed to reaching the entire world. This kind of global missionary vision is consistent with the heart of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
Each week, reports arrive from all across the world giving us evidence of God’s power at work through our simple efforts to help people study the entire Bible. Here are a few recent reports from Africa that will give you a glimpse of how God is at work.
Joe Fort, who coordinates all of our ministry work with TWR, recently traveled to Malawi and shared these stories:
“A group of young adults we visited were all wearing t-shirts that said Makonde Bible School. So we assumed they were all in Bible school. But they explained that this Bible school was formed around the TTB radio broadcast. Most of them are still very young in their faith, and when they learned that others in the area were also listening to the program they decided to form a group so they could learn more about the Bible and grow together in their faith. They decided to call it the Makonde Bible School. There are now about 30 in this group who meet a couple times a week to discuss what they’ve heard on the program and bring questions along that they’ve written down. Their dream is to replicate this group into neighboring villages!”
Joe also sent along a photo of a chicken that these same young people insisted he take as a token of their appreciation. On the same visit, Joe and his hosts visited and worshipped with a church group that was so thrilled to meet people representing TTB that they didn’t want to let them leave. When Joe’s African host finally insisted they had to go, they were presented with a 100-pound bag of maize. These gestures are something we have seen before, but they never fail to touch our hearts. TTB listeners around the world often bring gifts to express their deep gratitude for our ministry to them. Like the widow’s mites, these sacrificial offerings are highly valued in the eyes of our Lord.
Not long after receiving Joe’s report from southern Africa, this amazing account arrived from our Arabic satellite TV ministry:
“I just received a report from our country coordinator in [a North African country]. He reports that he recently met with a former Imam (the leader of a mosque) who has come to faith watching TTB. This man let his dad (an Imam as well) know of his Christian faith, as a result of which he resigned his position and job and has been disowned by his father. A copy of one certificate he holds testifies that he had succeeded in completely memorizing the Koran. It is normal for Imams to send their boys at a very young age (usually at 3 years of age) to a Koranic school where they learn to recite it. If and when they succeed, they are promised to gain favor with Allah for themselves and 70 members of their family.”
The Word of God is living and active and working powerfully around the globe. Your faithful prayer and financial support allows us to keep sending it out.
- Gregg Harris, TTB President
Middle East & North Africa