A Land of Spiritual Desolation
Silence can hold the most capable souls.
Jim discovered this during a ten-day workshop in South Asia as he trained participants to build websites and apps that promote the use of Scripture. One of the participants, Grace, attended with her husband, Pavan.
Jim says, “Grace was very quiet for most of the workshop. Her husband talked and asked questions.” So Jim assumed that Grace played a supportive role. When he went to their table to answer a question, though, he realized he was wrong. “Grace was very capable, acknowledging my instruction and showing her husband the correct way to do something.”
In certain areas in this South Asian country, temperatures can soar over 110⁰ F in the summer, killing vegetation. But this physical barrenness in no way measures up to the spiritual desolation in Grace and Pavan’s community.
At the end of the workshop, Jim spoke with the couple. “They impressed me with their commitment to the Bible translation movement and their community.” When Jim asked Grace about their church and the community of believers in their area, Grace looked confused.
Thinking she had misunderstood him, Jim reworded his question, “How many churches are in your community?”
Grace understood and answered, “None.” There were no other Christians in their language community. They had attended the workshop to create a cultural website. They hope to encourage their community to use it and plan to introduce translated Scripture on the website when it’s ready.