My name is David Faris. But overseas, in Europe as well as Africa, I’m known as the Micro Bible Publisher Guy.
I’ve discovered a way to help seekers and secret believers in closed communities to get a copy of the Bible in their own language.
It’s a very special Bible. They can carry this Bible around without fear, even if merely owning a Bible would normally cause them to be beaten to death.
Most outreaches to Bibleless people groups focus on places which already have a strong church. These are the easiest Bible translation projects. The Christian community is highly motivated to translate God’s Word into their own language.
But what about the more difficult situations: the places where there is no church or Christians to share the Good News? What about the places where those who show the slightest interest in the Bible’s message are risking their lives?
These language groups still live in places, far away from the comforts of the cities. And because of centuries-old prejudice, not even national Christians are willing to call these places “home”.
A century of technological advances have made life easier for Americans. At the same time, it has left the American church more dependent on all sorts of “gadgets.” Along the way, we have forgotten the pioneer skills which are necessary to live in the places where the Good News is most needed.
As a result, villagers all over the world are wondering, “Where have all the Christians gone? We used to see them all the time. Now, our children don’t even know what one looks like.”
If the whole world is going to hear the Message of God’s Word, then His people must begin to turn off their smartphones and learn once again to live anywhere, without the “essentials” of modern life.
I first arrived in Africa when I was 21 years old.
During my first year, I lost a lot of weight, because I was always very sick. Thankfully, God provided many friends who taught me how to cook for myself, how to live without electricity, how to take care of myself… and so much more. And my friends taught me the principles which allow anyone to live anywhere: common sense, resourcefulness and respect.
So, stay awhile and let’s talk about life in one of the most beautiful places in the world: the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.
As I do, I will share some of the lessons my friends taught me, like:
- how to stay in touch with friends back home from a sand dune, hundreds of miles away from the nearest cellphone tower
- how to get the money you need when you are a week away from the nearest ATM
- how to survive a year or more in villages without a Dunkin Donuts or Pizza Hut for a thousand miles… literally.
If you are willing to live anywhere, then you will be able to follow Him anywhere, and share the Good News with anyone.
What we believe at Desert Springs Ministries:
- We believe that God’s Word can transform lives for eternity when people are given a chance to hear or read it in their own language
- We believe that the local people are the experts in their own language and culture
- We believe that the Holy Spirit will use His Word to prepare hearts for eternity
- We believe that we must work ourselves out of a job. We empower others to do what we are doing as soon as we can, and then move on.
- We believe that God has called us to serve where the name of Christ is not known. Others are called by Him to build upon another’s foundation, but not us. (Romans 15:20)
- We believe that we must serve as part of the team of all believers in Christ
- We believe that the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Christ is available to all Christians
- We believe that God’s servants are meant to be sent out by their local church or churches, whether or not they are also sent out by a mission agency or a denomination.