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FEBRUARY 2020

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Light for the Lost provides evangelistic resources for missionaries and missionary partners through five platforms: print, audio, video, internet, and technologies.

GOD’S WORD IN THE HEART LANGUAGES OF THE NATIONS

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FROM RICK

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reetings! My heart breaks for people who want to study God’s Word, but don’t have access to a Bible in the language of their heart. Language barriers are frustrating, and it pains me to think of even one person out there unable to study the Bible because of language. I’ve known scores of people—even some in my own family—who struggled with language barriers.

God’s desire is that all nations hear the gospel (Matt. 28:19). But it needs to be available in their heart languages first. That’s why we are so passionate this year about the Armenian FireBible! The Armenian alphabet was created in the fifth century for one purpose—so the people could study and learn the Scriptures. But today, their language has evolved to a

point that no good translations of the Bible exist in their language. Sadly, Armenians are losing their connection to the truths of God’s Word…all because of a language barrier! As you may know, we featured this project in a recent Celebrate the Light missions video (view it at www.lftl.ag.org). This issue of 360 Spotlight provides an update and special emphasis on this high priority project of Light for the Lost. It is our prayer that you will join us this year in making the Armenian FireBible a part of your missions giving and prayer focus. We love you and thank you for all that you do to help share the gospel with the world. Rick Allen National Director Men’s Ministries/LFTL


LANGUAGE BARRIER: T BUT DON’T UNDERSTAN

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ast year Light for the Lost began an effort to help Life Publishers produce the Armenian FireBible. The need for this one-book Pentecostal library (which is now the #1 study Bible in the world) in Armenian cannot be understated. The most current version of the Bible used in Armenia uses a very old form of the language which is not spoken today (look at page 6 for an example of how this affects the people).

As a result, there is much misunderstanding when Armenians read the Bible. While filming our Celebrate the Light video, titled “Fire,” in Armenia in 2018 we met pastors who had mastered other languages so they could study the Bible in those languages, and then preach in their mother tongue. There is such an intense hunger for the Bible and a love for God in Armenia! During the Soviet years, there were few Bibles

This version of the Bible in Armenian is written in a form of the language the people haven’t spoken in generations.


THEY HAVE A BIBLE, AND IT and no Bible training resources. And even though Armenia is now free, the people still don’t have a reliable translation of the Bible they can understand.

finished and has moved into editing. We are very excited about the progress being made. Please contact us if you or your church would like to help Light for the Lost assist with funding this FireBible language edition.

Light for the Lost is determined to help change this and see the Armenian FireBible completed.

If you have not already seen the Celebrate the Light video “Fire,” you can view and download it on our website.

Much of the initial translation work is

Armenian believers are praying for God’s Word in their heart language.


MASTERING TWO LANGUAGES TO PREACH ONE GOSPEL W hen my dad arrived in the U.S. from Germany in 1973 to attend Central Bible College, in Springfield, Missouri, he faced a significant language barrier. He spent hours translating his English textbooks and Bible references into German so he could understand lessons and write papers. It made learning very challenging.

then preach in modern Armenian.

So every week he studies both Bibles side by side. The Russian gives him the understanding he needs to preach and have confidence he is interpreting the Word correctly.

In 2018, I was in Armenia where I observed pastor Artak preparing a sermon in his office, using both Armenian and Russian Bibles.

My dad’s Bible school books from the 70s, in two languages.

Two Bibles needed. Pastor Artak learned Russian so he can read a Russian Bible, and THEN preach in Armenian. Artak said much of the Armenian Bible was a mystery to him. The translation was five generations old and no one in Armenia spoke that dialect anymore (the language has changed so much). But Artak loves preaching and teaching God’s Word so much that he mastered the Russian language so he could get a modern translation of the Bible, study it, and

As I watched Artak, it hit me. “This was my dad back in the 70s,” I thought. “Every day he spent hours in translation work, just so he could understand his Bible school books.” We need to finish the Armenian FireBible so pastors like Artak can have the #1 study Bible in the world in a language they can read and understand! Dan Kersten is Director of Communications and Development for LFTL and Men’s Ministries. He was a ‘missions journalist’ from 2004 to 2018. Email Dan at dkersten@ ag.org or call 417.862.2781 ext. 4174. He would love to hear from you.


DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM MEN’S MINISTRY www.men.ag.org

A 60-SECOND DEVOTIONAL TO START EVERY DAY RIGHT

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orget about starting off the New Year right. How about starting each DAY right? In the morning hustle of dressing, eating breakfast, dealing with children, commuting to work, and catching up on messages and emails, it is easy for a man to push his Bible reading/study to a later time in the day.

email inbox very early in the morning. This Daily Devotional can be read and digested in 60 seconds or less. The Daily Devotional is also placed on the Men’s Ministries Facebook page.

But what happens when you get home after an exhausting day of work? Or what happens when your kids, your wife, or something in the house demands your attention? You and I know exactly what often occurs—Bible study gets pushed further back or doesn’t even happen!

BEGINNING THE DAY IN GOD’S WORD IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO A MAN’S SPIRITUAL FOCUS AND VISION! Beginning the day in God’s Word is absolutely critical to a man’s spiritual focus and vision! To assist you, Men’s Ministries produces a Daily Devotional and delivers it to your

This solves two problems a man encounters at the start of every day—time and opportunity. To subscribe to the Daily Devotional, go to men.ag.org and click on the Devotionals link. It will be the first image on the website “slider.” So far, more than 5,000 men view this devotional each day. We are thrilled to help you find the time and opportunity you need to start every day with God. Dr. Jimmy White is director of discipleship for Men’s Ministries. You can email Jimmy at jdwhite@ag.org or call him at 417.862.2781 ext. 4171


We saw this craftsman in the city of Yerevan, Armenia, reading an old Armenian Bible. We walked up and asked if he understood this Bible. He smiled and shook his head NO. “But I try to read it anyway,” he said. We found many like this man in Armenia. Please pray about partnering with Light for the Lost to assist in the Armenian FireBible project.

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