Keeping our Promise: A Bible Storybook for Francophone Africa

What's on YOUR desk?

Here at Desert Springs Ministries, there are a lot of projects on the table requiring our attention.  Each of them represent a promise.

101 Stories of the BibleThose of you who signed up to receive our prayer letter know about the ministry projects we’re involved in.  In order to get some time in each week to continue language work, we focus on them at the beginning of the week.  On those days, we pretty much block out everything else and focus on it as we should.  After all, these projects are the reason for our ministry’s existence, and deserve our very best effort.

For the next few weeks, our top priority project is to finish translating “101 Favorite Stories from the Bible” from English into French.  Written by Ura Miller, this hardback booklet is now among the Top Ten Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Biblical Studies on Amazon.  It has the key Bible stories from Adam and Eve all the way to (spoiler alert! 😀) the Resurrection of Christ.  Each story has a beautiful illustration of the key event in the story, and questions to ask the children after you finish reading it.  If you wish, you can buy a copy of the English version for you and your family.

Keeping my promise

my promise to translate 101 stories into FrenchWhen ministering in the Middle East, a fellow servant of Christ asked me to translate this book into French, and I promised to finish it.  While still in Chad, I organized a group of friends in N’Djaména to help me translate it. Because I wasn’t living there, I asked a friend of our family to help supervise the project.  Whenever the translators were ready, the supervisor gave them a copy of one of the stories to translate into French.  After they returned the translation to her, she would check its quality, then pay them for their work.  As a result, we can help several friends make a little extra money while doing something big together!

It took a few more years for us to enter these stories into the computer. I’m looking the stories over before sending them to the fellow laborer who asked me to do this project.

ct studdWith all the other projects on our desk, why did I choose to focus on this one?  It was because of the following quote by C.T. Studd:

“Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Because of the work I do, I constantly have to ask myself, “What promise must I keep if this is my last year to serve Christ?”

A few weeks ago, this book was only a bunch of papers in my filing cabinet.  Lord willing, the labor of my friends will not be in vain.  As I keep my promise to my friends, these papers will become a Bible Story booklet, and will bless hundreds of children in Sunday School classes and Christian homes, in Francophone Africa and all over the French-speaking world!

Is there a dream sitting on your desk, waiting to be accomplished?  If so, give it the attention it deserves.  Even a small step toward starting it can move it toward its fulfillment!

Language Development Specialist serving in the Sahara Desert since 1992. Founder of Desert Springs Ministries. Bible translator, husband and father of 3 daughters.

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