A few weeks ago, I sat in the car as Santos, Uber driver extraordinaire and transplant from Italy, buzzed us along toward the Phoenix airport.
We made the usual Uber ride chatter and he asked about how I had just spent my week in Arizona—hosting an event where people learned more about what God is doing around the world.
When the idea of Bible translation came up, Santos, a man who speaks 5 languages himself, was intrigued.
I asked if he had ever read the Bible before?
“Yes, my mother used to read it to me. I don't anymore, though. I feel like it talks about 'two gods'—one god in the Old Testament, and then a different god in the New Testament." He shrugged.
I heard the defeat in his voice, the frustration at not understanding what his mom had wanted to pass on to him. In the middle of his confusion, I encouraged him: the Bible is not two stories about two gods, but one big story about one good God who never changes.
When Santos gave me the go-ahead to share the bigger story, I glanced forward at the GPS—9 minutes. All right, let’s do this!
What I’m realizing in such a tangible way is that the results of this work, this task of Bible translation, are truly multifaceted. God is using the task to do His bigger work of changing hearts for His glory—hearts located all over the world.
There is no place He is not working to bring life and to make things new.
Looking ahead into the rearview mirror, I could see Santos listening intently as I shared. As we pulled up to the curb beside the American Airlines sign, Santos said, “I think there was a reason I met you today.”
God is writing a story with Santos’ life, like He’s writing in your life and in my life.
God is transforming the hearts of those who have the Bible—but don’t understand it. He’s growing the hearts of those who have His Word—and are learning to treasure it.
He’s building the hearts of those who are investing—the donors, the laborers, the intercessors, the advocators—so that people can receive the Word.
And He’s working in the hearts of those who are still waiting—waiting to receive Scripture in their own language for the first time.
The stories that will be shared here are those of the hope that is born when we give God’s Word to those who don’t have it yet.
This little missive will contain vision—a fresh look at what God is doing across the world. A “story time with Steph” about giving the Word—wherein we see glimpses of God’s generous heart.
God is working—both there, and here. Both in us, and in them. May the stories remind our hearts that God invites us to work with Him. May the stories remind us of the big story—of the good news, of Jesus, of the biggest work done by our one good, unchanging God.