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Take ten minutes and let your heart break and burn, weeping with joy along with brothers and sisters you will only meet in heaven:

HT: Jennifer Lyell


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61 thoughts on “What Does It Look Like to Receive the New Testament for the First Time?”

  1. drew says:

    Thanks for sharing. This video serves to swell my joy at being a member of Wycliffe.

  2. Elliot N. says:

    What an encouraging (and convicting) video.

  3. JohnH says:

    In a week in which “hath God said” was at the heart of the issue under discussion, it’s incredibly encouraging and moving to see that people who now have “what God has said” and treat it with joy and reverence.

  4. Tim says:

    How beautiful and precious is God’s Holy Word! May we treasure it like these brothers and sisters, as though we were getting it for the first time! I haven’t cried like I did watching this in quite some time. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. reformedSteve says:

    My God, forgive me of my complacency. Forgive me, when I grow too familiar with your Word. Thank you LORD, for showing me what true desire for you looks like in those who you have called out of darkness.

  6. Now here’s a post worthy of comment! Praise God for his word!

  7. susan hart says:

    How precious!!! What a blessing to my soul today!

  8. Mark Lind says:

    This is teh real deal. As a church here in Bellingham, WA we have supported and been a part of this laborious translation for for the whole 15 years it took to become reality. Orin & Rosa Kidd , the missionaries, are solid biblical, believers who have faithfully endured much to see this through and the rejoicing, is legit as there are many truly aved Kimyal folks in that crowd. Many are certainly not yet, but they were all genuinely so eager to get it. Our whoel church has been blessed to see how precious the NT is in our day.

    1. Mark Lind says:

      sorry I didn’t edit my whipped out comment – amongst all the typos, I meant to type that “there are many who are truly saved Kimyal folks in that crowd.” – Mark

  9. Donovan says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for posting this!

    My good friends Dave and Stacey Hare will be translating the Bible for a people group in Cameroon with this same missions agency. They’re currently raising ministry support: http://haretranslation.blogspot.com/

  10. Donna Rasmussen says:

    Truly awesome to see such joy and delight to see a people receiving God’s Word in their very own language. Obviously, it has already transformed their lives, and I pray it will go on doing so, especially for the newer and younger believers.

  11. Pam Smith says:

    What deep pleasure to watch the joy on these people faces that reflect the love they have in their hearts to know God through his son Jesus and to be blessed through His holy spirit and His Word. The cross of redemption, for all men, is now for all. Each day until He comes again!

  12. matt says:

    That was moving. There is power in the word.

  13. CB says:

    That was so powerful. My wife and I wept with joy watching this. Thank you for sharing it.

  14. Greg says:

    The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72.
    May it be true of every tribe, nation, people, language.

  15. Nate Gordon says:

    Wow! This is so cool to see on your blog Justin. I happen to be a missionary pilot in Papua and was privileged to do some of the flying for that great day of celebration among the Kimyal. There’s a fascinating backstory to what happened that day…I wrote about it here:

    http://offthepath.wanderprone.com/2011/01/end-is-never-end.html

    1. Mark Dickinson says:

      Nate,
      This just deepens the story. Only God could have been in this. Truly beautiful…
      Mark

    2. Nigel says:

      Thank you Nate. Wonderful – Praise the Lord.

      1. Nate Gordon says:

        Just a note: the video is of the day the scriptures arrived, the story I shared happened a few days later at the dedication celebration for the New Testament.

  16. Mike says:

    That is an awesome video!

  17. Billy Liu says:

    Amen!

  18. Susan Smith says:

    How God has been placing on my heart lately to get into His Word,
    but I have been tooo busy. And then, I see this video. And these precious brothers & sisters greatly rejoicing because finally they
    have a Bible that is their own – in their own language so that they can fall more and more in love with God every day. It so touches my heart and moves me to not take for granted what I truly have – freely. God bless these sweet people and God bless you too.

  19. Mike Francis says:

    Justin, I’ve been reading your blog almost daily for years now, and this is, hands down, the single most helpful and beautiful and glorious post you’ve ever shared with us. Psalm 119:162! Thank you, brother!

  20. Kathy L. says:

    I wanted to dance and sing with them. All I could do was sit and weep for joy!

  21. Lee says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” – Rev. 7:9-10 (ESV)

  22. Jim Pemberton says:

    This is reminiscent of the first Ee-taow! video. Beautiful!

  23. john says:

    dang. they better have gotten that thing RIGHT! any mistake and people will cry like they do over the king james!

  24. Gage Browning says:

    Beautiful feet bringing glad tidings to his people. WOW! I’m such a complacent slug. God forgive me.

  25. Bob Sukkau says:

    Justin, thanks for this. I agree with Mike. This is your best post ever!

  26. Keith & Cheryl Lippard says:

    This was such an inspiring video. We take so much for granted in this country. What a precious gift to these people and to us. It was awesome to see their joy and excitement to finally get God’s Word in their language ! Praise the Lord.

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  28. Nancy A. Richardson says:

    Tears of joy! I embrace their hearts in their faith in our Almighty God, Jesus Christ, who is the WORD! It’s for all who truly believe Him…to hear them singing, Jesus Loves Me is so precious! He is worthy of our praise!

  29. AFTER LOOKING AT THIS AS A AMERICAN CHRISTIAN I WAS JUST BROKEN,NOT BECAUSE THE STORY,BUT BECAUSE WE IN AMERICA DON’T HAVE THIS HEART FOR THE WORD,WHEN IS THE LAST TIME WE SEEN CHRISTIANS STAND UP AND BOLDLY DEFEND THE BIBLE,HOW MANY GIVE BIBLES AS GIFT TO YOUNG SAINTS WHO,ARE HUNGRY FOR THE WORD?AMERICA AMERICA AMERICAWHAT HAPPEN TO YOUR FAITH?

  30. Sam Jindoyan says:

    My heart indeed Burned, what a joy to see these people color and dress themselves in a festive manner and make an Ark to carry the living word to their midst.
    They made sure that the word of God has an Triumphant entry to their village ,I am reminded of the old Testament when the children of Israel heard the the laws of Moses read and they cried and celebrated,thank you for posting this it sure made my Day.

  31. Breanna Putman says:

    What a profound look into the lives of believers who truly have respect for the Word of God and seeing the emotional state of the men…wow! watching a man cry and rejoice over the Bible is so refreshing and to see the joy on their faces makes me appreciate the written word THAT MUCH MORE!!!

  32. Pastor Stu Sherard says:

    John: This is awesome. If only American Christians could get this excited over God’s word. Thanks for sharing. Regards. Pastor Stu Sherard

  33. Nancy says:

    This youtube made me cry with joy. How wonderful for them to have their own bible in their own language.

  34. How beautiful to see honor focused on the precious Word of God. Rewards await those faithful saints who have sacrificially translated, and the pilots who have facilitated this work. What crowns they will have to lay at the feet of the Lord Jesus whom they have served. May the planted Word bear its fruit in these, our brother and sisters. And may God forgive our complacency toward the written and Living Word.

  35. Mary P says:

    How beautiful – a new appreciation for God’s Word from an ‘old’ believer and one who has, perhaps, become complacent. My prayer -‘Lord, help me hold your word in reverence and awe as these beautiful people have, receiving in their own language for the FIRST time a Book which they can read – Your Word! Thank you for that light made plain now unto them.’
    Thank you for those who work tirelessly to achieve this – for the Wycliffe Bible Translators and all who do such gloriious work in Your Name!
    My tears are still wet on my cheeks! I love You, Lord!

  36. Mary says:

    Thank you for sharing this! What a blessing!

  37. momma says:

    watch this with Cierra.

  38. Wes and Jean King says:

    Praise God for those faithful to His calling to go forth and teach the world His truths. And, Lord be merciful to us who have been given much, taken it for granted, and failed to istill the Scriptures into the generations that follow us…thus, we have become the “mission field” in America. RENEW in us a right spirit…THEN will we teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will be converted unto You. Psalm 51
    II Timothy 2:15
    II Timothy 3:16
    Hebrews 4:12

  39. Phip Sams says:

    Praise God! And it begs the question again, why do we, a people of the book, read so little of it in our corporate worship?

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