This past year Brody (6) went through a wonderful book in his Kindergarten Sunday School class entitled From Akebu to Zapotec. A beautifully illustrated book about 26 Bible-less people groups throughout the world, From Akebu to Zapotec lit a fire in my son's little heart. I wasn't even aware of what he was learning when he began praying each night that "the Akebu people would get a Bible of their own."
Around that time I heard of a ministry called OneVerse, the fundraising arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Simply put, the cost of training and sending missionaries and then actually publishing the New Testament into a new language costs approximately $26 per verse when broken down. It's such an easy way to get children and whole families thinking, working, and praying for the unreached people God is actively pursuing in our generation. I blogged about our first experience with OneVerse, nearly a year ago, here.
At the end of Brody's Kinder-year with Mrs. Bell, I asked her for the name of the book they used and promptly ordered a copy of our own. We then got back online with OneVerse to see which languages are currently being translated and made a plan with the boys to translate 26 verses over the course of our school year. We did the math... 26 verses (from A - Z) at $26 a pop means we have $676 to raise by next summer.
This Saturday will be our first fundraiser — and the boys' first Lemonade Stand! The signs were made today, tomorrow morning at breakfast we'll read through the information about the Ayta Abellen people again (their new Testament is now 51% complete), and Friday we'll work together to bake cookies and buy our paper cups and napkins. Then Saturday from 1 - 3 pm it's on!
In the fall they plan on holding a bake-sale / fundraiser at our home for their friends. They will also be writing support letters (for the first time) asking family and friends to partner with us as we raise funds.
As we prepare for our first year of homeschool we knew that we didn't want a normal Bible Study. We wanted to put what we already know, and Who we know, into action. Faith expressing itself through Love.
I can't wait to keep you posted on what we learn, who we bless, and how we are blessed along the way. If you are interested in partnering with our boys to help in Bible translation please leave a comment saying how you would like to give and I will send you a private message where you can send your gift. The boys will write you a note including the name of the people group you ministered to, the verse that was shared because of your generosity, and their thanks for your help.
Please spread the Word. Really, let's spread the Word.
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