God’s Word to the World – Series 7 – Part 2

God’s Word to the World – Series 7 – Part 2


>>ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW: WE WILL TAKE YOU TO THE COUNTRY OF ETHIOPIA, AFRICA THAT IS SPREAD ACROSS 438,000 SQUARE MILES WITH BEAUTIFUL PLAINS AND TOWERING MOUNTAINS RANGING OVER 14,000 FEET HIGH. ETHIOPIA IS LOCATED IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF AFRICA, AND HAS THE 12TH LARGEST POPULATION IN THE WORLD WITH OVER 112 MILLION PEOPLE. JESUS COMMANDED CHRISTIANS TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. BUT THERE ARE 90 LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN ETHIOPIA, AND YET THE LITERACY RATE IS ONLY 49% AMONG ADULTS, SO MILLIONS CANNOT READ. FURTHER, 58 LANGUAGES STILL DO NOT HAVE AN AUDIO RECORDING OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE, ADDING TO THE MILLIONS THAT HAVE NEVER HEARD THE GOSPEL. MY GUESTS TODAY ARE MORGAN JACKSON THE DIRECTOR OF FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND MY WIFE DARLENE. TODAY WE INVITE YOU TO LEARN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE IN ETHIOPIA. AFRICA HEAR THE GOSPEL IN THEIR VERY OWN LANGUAGE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON THIS EDITION OF THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW.>>DR. JOHN ANKERBERG:
WELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM. I’M JOHN ANKERBERG, AND MY WIFE
DARLENE IS WITH ME TODAY. AND OUR HONORED GUEST IS MORGAN
JACKSON, THE DIRECTOR OF FAITH COMES BY HEARING. BUT WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU
TO ETHIOPIA, AFRICA, TODAY; A PLACE THAT DARLENE AND I HAVE
BEEN TO. I SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME THERE; MORGAN SPENT
QUITE A BIT OF TIME THERE. AND THE FACT IS, IT’S A NEEDY
COUNTRY IN TERMS OF THE GOSPEL. THAT’S WHY WE WENT THERE. BUT NOW WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL
TOOLS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AUDIO PROCLAIMERS, THE BIBLE
THAT IS IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE. AND SO WE’RE GOING
TO TAKE YOU TO ETHIOPIA. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I WANT DARLENE TO START
IN THANKING YOU FOLKS THAT HAVE HELPED US. WE STARTED
THIS PROGRAM WITH MORGAN ABOUT THREE-AN-A-HALF YEARS AGO,
AND THE FACT IS, WE NEVER DREAMED OF WHAT GOD WOULD DO. WE NEVER DREAMED WHAT YOU WOULD
DO, OKAY? YOU HAVE BELIEVED JESUS’ WORDS WHEN HE TOLD US,
“GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL”; YOU BELIEVE
THAT HE MEANT THAT WE OUGHT TO DO IT. ON OUR WATCH,
RIGHT NOW WHILE WE ARE LIVING, OKAY THERE ARE 2.8 BILLION
PEOPLE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW THAT HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD
ABOUT JESUS, ALRIGHT? AND WE WANT TO TAKE THE GOSPEL
INTO THESE COUNTRIES. SO THESE PROGRAMS ARE ABOUT
HOW TO TAKE THE GOSPEL TO SOME OF THE TOUGHEST PLACES
IN THE WORLD. AND, DARLENE, YOU’VE GOT A QUICK REPORT HERE
OF HOW MANY AUDIO PROCLAIMERS OUR FOLKS HAVE PROVIDED FOR,
SO THAT WE ARE RIGHT NOW REACHING HOW MANY PEOPLE
EVERY SINGLE WEEK? THEY GATHER IN LISTENING GROUPS AND
THEY HEAR THE PROCLAIMER AND THEN THEY ASK QUESTIONS
FOR TWO HOURS. WHAT’S THE FIGURE NOW?>>DARLENE ANKERBERG: YES. WELL,
WE ARE AT 2,720,905 PEOPLE IN LISTENING GROUPS. AND TO ME THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
UNBELIEVABLE. WE HAD NO IDEA THE REACH THAT THIS COULD HAVE. AND IT IS SO WONDERFUL THAT
THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE WORD OF GOD IN THEIR LANGUAGE. AS YOU STUDY MORE AND MORE,
YOU’RE REALIZING HOW MANY PEOPLE CANNOT READ AROUND
THE WORLD. AND EVEN IF WE PROVIDED A BIBLE FOR THEM,
THEY CANNOT READ IT. AND YET THESE AUDIO BIBLES
ARE MEETING THESE NEEDS. AND IT’S SO WONDERFUL
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THESE LISTENING GROUPS,
JOHN, EVERY SINGLE WEEK.>>JOHN AND MORGAN: ABSOLUTELY.>>DARLENE: I MEAN, AND IT’S
GROWING. EVERY WEEK OUR NUMBERS KEEP GOING UP. AND IT’S,
IT’S SO EXITING. I GET LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS FROM MANY,
MANY OF YOU OUT THERE THAT HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING
AND THERE WAS ONE LADY THAT WROTE, AND SHE IS VERY LONELY. SHE LIVES BY HERSELF; MOST
OF HER FAMILY HAS PASSED AWAY. BUT SHE SAID, “I AM GIVING FOR
THE PROCLAIMER.” AND SHE SAID, “THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME
A PURPOSE AND A REASON.” AND THAT IS SO WONDERFUL,
BECAUSE WE CAN PROVIDE FOR THESE PEOPLE AND THE NEEDS. WE HAVE SO MUCH; “TO WHOM MUCH
IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED.”>>MORGAN JACKSON: AMEN.>>DARLENE: AND I THINK THAT
WE NEED TO CONTINUE THIS. AND WE’RE SO EXCITED.>>JOHN: YES. I LOOK AT
THE PICTURE ON THE SCREEN OF ETHIOPIA, AND IT BRINGS BACK
MEMORIES. I’VE SLEPT IN THOSE HUTS. AND I’LL TELL YOU
WHAT, A LOT OF TIMES IT’S A DUNG HUT THAT YOU ARE
SLEEPING IN. THAT ALWAYS KIND OF RINGS IN MY MIND. INSTEAD OF GOING TO MCDONALD’S
YOU HAVE INJERA AND WAT [FLATBREAD AND STEW].>>MORGAN: YES.>>JOHN: AND I’VE GOTTEN SICK
ON THAT QUITE A FEW TIMES. BUT THAT’S THE STAPLE OF
THE PEOPLE. NOW, ETHIOPIA HAS GOT 112 MILLION PEOPLE. IT’S THE 12TH LARGEST
POPULATION IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE 90 LANGUAGES SPOKEN
IN ETHIOPIA, 58 LANGUAGES STILL DO NOT HAVE A TRANSLATED
RECORDING OF THE BIBLE. ALTHOUGH 50.7% OF
THE POPULATION DO HAVE AN AUDIO BIBLE IN THEIR LANGUAGE,
ONLY 1.6% HAVE BEEN REACHED WITH IT. IN OTHER WORDS,
ONLY 1.6 HAVE LISTENED TO IT. IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE
WE HAVEN’T PROVIDED ENOUGH FOR THE PEOPLE TO TAKE AROUND. BUT WHEN YOU WENT TO ETHIOPIA,
THERE WERE THINGS THAT STRUCK ME THAT GOT INTO MY HEART AND
REALLY, REALLY BURDENED ME. AND THERE WERE A COUPLE THINGS
THAT REALLY BOTHERED YOU WHEN YOU WENT TO ETHIOPIA AND
YOU FOUND OUT THIS IS WHAT WAS HAPPENING. TALK ABOUT IT.>>MORGAN: WELL, ETHIOPIA HAS
BEEN ON OUR HEART FOR A LONG TIME. IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS
THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING ACTUALLY BEGAN TO RECORD
LANGUAGES OF OTHER NATIONS. INITIALLY WE WERE JUST WORKING
IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAD ENGLISH AND SPANISH. WE WERE WORKING WITH THE U.S.
CHURCH GETTING PEOPLE WHO WERE BUSY TO HEAR THE BIBLE. AND WE HAD A MISSIONARY FROM
ETHIOPIA COME, AND HE WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT HOW
HE WAS TRYING TO BRING THE GOSPEL TO ETHIOPIA. BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE
WERE ILLITERATE, AND EVEN THE EVANGELISTS, THE PEOPLE
THAT HE HAD BROUGHT TO CHRIST AND WERE TRAINING, COULD NOT
READ. AND SO HE HAD COME UP WITH A STRATEGY OF RECORDING
IN THE MOTHER TONGUE SIMPLE MESSAGES ABOUT JESUS CHRIST,
HOW TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST, HOW HE HAD COME AND DIED
ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS. AND THEY WERE IN THOSE DAYS
ON A HAND-CRANKED PLAYER, BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T AFFORD
THE BATTERIES. AND SO THEY WOULD GO UP INTO
THESE VILLAGES. AND THEY’D GO TO A VILLAGE AND EVERYBODY
WOULD GATHER BECAUSE OF THE DEVICE AND THE MESSAGE. AND THEY WOULD THEN HEAR
THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. AND THEN,
ONCE IT WAS DONE, THEY WOULD MAKE AN INVITATION FOR
THEM TO COME TO CHRIST. WELL, THE EVANGELISTS WERE
ILLITERATE, AND THEY HAD NO WAY OF COUNTING THE NUMBER OF
PEOPLE THAT CAME TO FAITH IN CHRIST. SO, WHEN THEY WERE
IN A VILLAGE, AS THE PEOPLE WERE BEING BAPTIZED, THEY WOULD
THEN TIE A KNOT IN A PIECE OF STRING TO REPRESENT
EACH PERSON THAT MADE A DECISION FOR FAITH. AND HE SAID YOU WOULD HAVE
THESE PEOPLE COMING UP TO THE EVANGELIST, STANDING,
SAYING, “PLEASE PUT IN THE KNOT. PUT A KNOT FOR ME.”
AND I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN’T
WRITE SOMEBODY’S NAME DOWN; YOU HAVE NO RECORD OTHER THAN
A KNOT: “PLEASE RECOGNIZE THAT I AM ALIVE AND THAT
I’VE MADE A DECISION FOR CHRIST.” AND AS HE WAS
TELLING US THAT, HE SHOWED US A STRING, THE STRING WITH
ALL OF THESE MANY KNOTS THAT THE EVANGELIST STARTING COMING
BACK. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE QUESTION WAS, “WELL,
HOW ARE YOU DISCIPLING THEM?” AND HE JUST SAID, “WE CAN’T,
BECAUSE THERE’S NO BIBLE. THE BIBLE’S BEEN TRANSLATED IN
THEIR LANGUAGE, BUT THEY CAN’T READ.” AND HE MADE THIS PLEA
FOR US, “WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS RECORD THE BIBLE IN LANGUAGES
OTHER THAN ENGLISH? WHY CAN’T YOU HELP US? PEOPLE ARE GETTING
BIBLES. THEY CAN’T READ THEM. THEY’RE TEARING PAGES OUT
OF THEM. WE FIND THE BIBLES WITH NO PAGES. WE ASK WHERE
THE PAGES ARE. AND THEY SAY, ‘WELL, PASTOR, YOU TOLD US
THAT “MAN CANNOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE,” AND SO WE
TEAR A PAGE OUT EVERY DAY. WE PUT IT IN THE SOUP, AND
WE EAT IT, BECAUSE WE WANT THE WORD OF GOD, BUT WE CAN’T
READ IT.’” SO, WE BEGAN TO RECORD. AND TODAY WE HAVE
29 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. SO IN ANSWER TO THAT
MISSIONARY’S PLEA, 29 LANGUAGES HAVE BEEN RECORDED. AND THEN, WORKING WITH THE BIBLE SOCIETY AND DIFFERENT NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, WE PROVIDE THEM THEN WITH THESE PROCLAIMERS. NOW, THE LARGE PROCLAIMER IS
REALLY IMPORTANT IN ETHIOPIA. ONE, BECAUSE THERE’S
NO POWER IN MOST OF THE AREAS. THEY HAVE PLENTY OF SUN, SO
THE SOLAR [PANEL] CAN RECHARGE THE BATTERIES. BATTERIES
RECHARGE 3,000 TIMES. THIS IS MADE OUT OF THE SAME
MATERIAL YOU MADE FOOTBALL HELMETS OUT OF,…>>JOHN: IT’S TOUGH.>>MORGAN: …BECAUSE IT’S ROUGH
THERE. IF YOU DON’T SEE THE SUN, WHICH IS, YOU PRETTY
MUCH ALWAYS DO, YOU CAN CRANK THIS. TEN MINUTES OF CRANKING
AND IT WILL RECHARGE. IT’S LOUD ENOUGH THAT UP
TO 1,000 PEOPLE CAN HEAR IT. AND THAT’S IMPORTANT. NOW, ACTUALLY, THE HUNGER FOR
ETHIOPIANS TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD HAS OFTENTIMES
CREATED PROBLEMS FOR US. THE BIBLE SOCIETY WORKERS,
WHEN THEY GET THESE PROCLAIMERS, THEY FIRST WILL GO TO
THE CHURCHES. BUT AS THEY’RE GOING, THEY ARE WALKING. THEY MAY RIDE A DONKEY,
BUT MOSTLY IT’S JUST GOOD FOOT LEATHER. AND SO, DARLENE,
WHEN THEY WOULD BE ALONG THE WAY, THEY’LL STOP TO HAVE
SOME WATER OR A SIMPLE MEAL. AND WHEN THEY STOP IN A VILLAGE
OR AN AREA TO GET WATER, THEY’LL TAKE THIS OUT AND
THEY’LL SET IT DOWN AND THEY’LL START LISTENING THEMSELVES. THE MINUTE THE WORD OF GOD
COMES OUT IN THAT LANGUAGE OF THE COMMUNITY, PEOPLE WILL
START GATHERING. AND THEY JUST SAY EVENTUALLY YOU’LL HAVE
HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS
OF PEOPLE. AND THEY KEEP TURNING IT UP. BUT WHEN
THEY THEN STOP IT, PEOPLE ARE ASKING QUESTIONS. THEY WILL THEN PUT IT IN THEIR
BAG TO BE READY TO LEAVE, BUT THEY SAY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN
IS THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE BEEN TALKING, BECAUSE THEY’RE
HEARING THE ETERNAL WORDS OF LIFE AND THEY’RE SAYING,
“NO, NO, NO. YOU CAN’T LEAVE.” THEY’LL SAY, “WE HAVE
A PLACE FOR YOU TO STAY. WE’RE PREPARED FOOD FOR YOU. BUT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BECAUSE
WE WANT TO HEAR THIS.” AND THEY’LL SAY, “NO,
I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. I HAVE TO BE IN THIS VILLAGE
AT THIS CHURCH.” AND THE PEOPLE WILL BLOCK THEM AND ARGUE WITH
THEM. AND THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO LEAVE UNTIL ACTUALLY
THEY HAVE SET A DATE WHEN THEY CAN RETURN. AND THEN,
IN ONE OF THOSE COMMUNITIES, ONE OF THE GUYS WAS WITH
A TRANSLATOR BECAUSE HE DIDN’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. AND HE WAS JUST DETERMINED;
THE GUY’S SAYING, “WE’VE GOT TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW.”
AND THE TRANSLATOR SAID, “YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT KILLING
YOU. IF YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE THE PROCLAIMER, THEY’RE TALKING
ABOUT KILLING YOU.” AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE RECOGNITION
OF, HE WAS GOING TO DIE. AND SO THEY THEN SERIOUSLY
HAD TO COME BACK TO SAYING, “WHEN WILL WE,…” AND PROMISE
THEM. AND UNTIL THEY WERE SURE THAT HE WAS GOING TO COME BACK,
THEY WOULDN’T LET HIM LEAVE. AND IT WAS THEN THAT
I RECOGNIZED WHEN THE SCRIPTURES SAY THAT
“THE KINGDOM OF GOD SUFFERS THE VIOLENCE AND THE VIOLENT
TAKE IT BY FORCE.” AND I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,
IF YOU BROUGHT INTO MY COMMUNITY – WE HAD LIVED
IN DARKNESS WITH NO HOPE OF SALVATION FOR OUR WHOLE LIVES,
AND YOU BROUGHT THE LIVING WORD OF GOD, CHRIST, AND YOU WERE
GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY? I THINK I’D KILL YOU TOO.
>>JOHN AND DARLENE: YES.>>MORGAN: AND SO, THE WORKERS
HAVE HAD TO OFTENTIMES STOP DOING THIS BECAUSE WE SIMPLY
DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH PROCLAIMERS. NOW, WE’VE HAD
OVER 10,000 PROGRAMS STARTED. IN ETHIOPIA HUNDREDS IF NOT
THOUSANDS WILL GATHER TO HEAR.>>JOHN: YES. NOW, I REMEMBER
TRAVELING WITH MANY OF THE MISSIONARY NURSES THAT
WERE THERE. AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IF YOU BECAME
A MISSIONARY AND YOU GOT TO ETHIOPIA, YOU WERE THERE
FOR LIFE, OKAY? YOU DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN TO SHOW UP IN ETHIOPIA. GOD SENT YOU THERE, ALRIGHT. AND I ALWAYS REMEMBER
THESE NURSES, A LOT OF THEM WERE SINGLE NURSES, A LOT
OF THEM WERE MARRIED. AND THERE WAS ONE DOCTOR FROM MAYO CLINIC. AND HE HAD ALL KINDS OF DEGREES, AND LOTS OF PEOPLE WANTED HIM IN THE UNITED STATES. AND HE WENT TO ETHIOPIA. AND HE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A TABLE TO OPERATE ON. AND WE HAD A GUY THAT COULD BUILD TABLES, AND HE BUILT HIM ONE. AND HE WAS SO HAPPY. HE LOVED THAT GUY MORE THAN
HE LOVED ANY OF US, BECAUSE HE BUILT AN OPERATING TABLE
FOR HIM. I SAW ONE PERSON THAT WAS GORED BY AN OX, AND HE WAS
BRINGING HIS INTESTINES IN HIS HANDS; HE’S WALKING UP. THAT’S WHAT IT’S LIKE
IN ETHIOPIA. BUT ANYWAY, I LOVE THESE MISSIONARY NURSES. THEY WOULD GET INTO THESE
LAND ROVERS AND WE WOULD GO TO A DIFFERENT VILLAGE. AND THEY HAD HIGH MOUNTAINS
IN ETHIOPIA. AND THE VERY STORY YOU TOLD, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE
A RIVER – THERE’S NO ROADS – THE FACT IS THERE’S JUST,
YOU KNOW, YOU’RE GOING OVER TERRITORY AND YOU SEE A RIVER
COMING UP AND YOU SAY, “WE GOT TO STOP.” NO,
THEY DON’T STOP, THEY JUST [DRIVE] RIGHT THROUGH THAT. AND THEN THEY’D STOP AND
WE HAVE LUNCH. AND THAT KIND OF THING HAPPENS, WHERE PEOPLE
GATHER AROUND TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO BIBLE. BUT YOU DID
SOMETHING ELSE WITH YOUR WIFE THAT KNOCKED ME OUT, OKAY? YOU TOOK MARY, AND OF ALL
PLACES IN THE WORLD YOU TOOK MARY, YOU TOOK HER INTO
A PRISON IN ETHIOPIA. I’M TELLING YOU, YOU’VE GOT
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SPOTS IN THE WORLD. AND YOU TOOK
YOUR WIFE INTO 600 GUYS THAT WERE JAMMED INTO THIS PRISON. AND PRISONS ARE NOT A PRETTY
PLACE HERE IN AMERICA, BUT OVERSEAS IN ETHIOPIA
THEY ARE REALLY NOT PRETTY. WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE
LIKE, AND WHAT HAPPENED?>>MORGAN: WELL, YOU’D HAVE
TO TALK TO MARY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. BUT SHE WAS NOT,… SHE DEFINITELY FELT ALL EYES
ON HER, AND SHE WAS NOT COMFORTABLE. FORTUNATELY,
WE HAD GUARDS WITH US. BUT, AS YOU SAY, ITS IT’S NOT LIKE
AN AMERICAN PRISON. PEOPLE ARE NOT IN CELLS. PEOPLE WERE
WIDE OPEN IN THE OPEN AREAS. YOU EVEN HAD GUYS WITH AXES
CUTTING WOOD BECAUSE THEY HAD TO MAKE THEIR OWN FIRES
AND COOK THEIR OWN FOOD. AND SO, IT MADE YOU UNEASY. NOW, FORTUNATELY, THIS PRISON
HAD SOME 3,000-PLUS PEOPLE, BUT 600-PLUS HAD COME
TO FAITH IN CHRIST.>>JOHN: YES.>>MORGAN: AND SO, WE HAD
A COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS THAT WERE THERE TO GREET US AND
TO TALK TO US ABOUT JUST WHAT HAD HAPPENED AS THE WORD
OF GOD HAD COME. NOW, AGAIN, THE PROCLAIMERS HAD
MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, AND IT’S FORTUNATE THAT THEY PLAYED
LOUDLY. THEY TOOK US TO A HUGE OPEN AREA WHERE THEY HAD
A LARGE… I MEAN, IT DIDN’T HAVE MUCH IN IT.
YOU DON’T SIT, YOU STAND. PEOPLE WERE ALL STANDING
INSIDE TO LISTEN. AND WE TALKED TO ONE MAN WHO WAS A THIEF. SO, HE WAS NOW A BELIEVER,
BUT HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE HAD COME TO THE PRISON AS A THIEF. HE HAD BEEN A THIEF IN HIS OWN
COMMUNITY. HE SAID EVENTUALLY HIS FAMILY HATED HIM;
HIS WHOLE COMMUNITY HATED HIM. BEEN ARRESTED MULTIPLE TIMES. FINALLY, THE JUDGE JUST THREW
AWAY THE KEYS AND THREW HIM IN THIS HORRIBLE PRISON FOR,
I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG HE WAS GOING TO BE THERE;
MAYBE FOREVER.>>JOHN: AND EVEN THE PRISONERS
DIDN’T LIKE HIM.>>MORGAN: NO, BECAUSE HE WAS
STILL A THIEF. AND SO HE SAID, “I WAS STEALING FROM
THE PRISONERS, SO THEY HATED ME.” AND WHEN THE AUDIO BIBLE
CAME, HE SAID WHEN HE HEARD THE WORDS OF CHRIST, HE DID NOT
FEEL THAT JESUS CHRIST COULD RECEIVE HIM BECAUSE OF HIS,
WHO HE WAS. SO HE WOULD NOT COME INTO THE CHURCH. HE WOULD
STAND OUT BY THE WINDOW AND LISTEN. AND WHEN HE HEARD
THE STORY OF MATTHEW, HE WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED, BUT HE
KNEW THAT HE WAS SUCH AN EVIL MAN THAT CHRIST COULD NOT
ACCEPT HIM AND FORGIVE HIM. NOW, THE SAME THING WHEN HE
HEARD MARK. NOW, WHAT WAS INTERESTING IS, IN THOSE
TWO STORIES, THE THIEVES ON THE CROSS IN THOSE STORIES
RAIL AGAINST JESUS, AND MAKE NO POSITIVE COMMENT. SO, HE’S HEARING THIS STORY FOR
THE THIRD TIME, BUT IN LUKE, LUKE RECORDS WHERE THE THIEF
ON THE CROSS TURNS TO JESUS, REBUKES THE OTHER THIEF AND
SAYS, “LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.”
AND JESUS TURNS TO HIM AND SAYS, “TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH
ME IN PARADISE.” THE GUY SAID WHEN HE HEARD THAT, HE SAID
IF THESE GUYS WERE BAD ENOUGH THIEVES THAT THEY WERE BEING
CRUCIFIED FOR THEIR THEFTS, THEN-AND JESUS FORGAVE THAT
MAN, THAT THIEF-AT THAT MOMENT HE HAD FAITH THAT JESUS CHRIST
COULD FORGIVE HIM. AND SO HE CAME TO FAITH IN
JESUS CHRIST, ACCEPTED CHRIST, CONTINUED TO LISTEN IN
THE LISTENING GROUPS. AND HE SAID, “NOW I AM SO
CHANGED THAT” – THE PRISONERS ACTUALLY MAKE HANDCRAFTS AND
THINGS THAT THEY WILL HAVE SOMEBODY GO OUT IN THE MARKET
AND SELL SO THAT THEY CAN BUY SOME THINGS FOR THEMSELVES
IN THE PRISON. AND HE SAID, “I AM NOW SO TRUSTED THAT
I AM ONE OF THOSE THAT GOES, SELLS THE STUFF, AND BRINGS
THE MONEY BACK. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS I WILL NOT STEAL.”
AND SO, HERE’S THIS THIEF THAT HAS COME TO FAITH.>>DARLENE: THAT’S A FANTASTIC
STORY. AND I THINK YOU SAID TOO IN ETHIOPIA YOU LEARNED
ABOUT COMMUNAL. AND I THINK THAT IS SO INTERESTING,
BECAUSE WE AS AMERICANS ARE VERY MUCH TO OURSELVES. AND WE REALIZE THAT THE REST
OF THE WORLD ALL WORK IN COMMUNITIES AND WORK TOGETHER.>>MORGAN: THAT’S RIGHT.>>DARLENE: AND THAT’S WHY
THE PROCLAIMER IS SO WONDERFUL, BECAUSE THEY ALL COME
AND LISTEN TOGETHER. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE WHEN YOU
THINK ABOUT IT. AND IT’S SO EXCITING TO HEAR THESE STORIES
AND TO REALIZE THAT THE WORD OF GOD – NO PREACHER –
THE WORD OF GOD, WHEN IT SPEAKS TO THE HEART LANGUAGE,
THEY COME TO KNOW HIM AS THEIR PERSONAL SAVIOR.>>MORGAN: WELL, WHAT’S FUN IS
WHEN YOU GO INTO THESE VILLAGES OR COMMUNITIES AND YOU LEAVE
A PROCLAIMER, THE PEOPLE WILL GATHER AND LISTEN FOR HALF
AN HOUR. THEY’LL ARGUE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY’VE
HEARD DISCUSS IT FOR HOURS. BUT THEN, DURING THE DAY
THE WOMEN WILL BE DOWN AT THE RIVER WASHING THE CLOTHES,
AND THEY’LL BE TALKING. AND PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED
WHILE THEY LISTEN. WOMEN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD WILL BE
HEALED. THEY’LL TOUCH JESUS IN THEIR MIND. BECAUSE
ORAL PEOPLE CANNOT SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM A STORY. SO, WHEN THEY HEAR A STORY,
THEY LITERALLY ENTER IT. AND IT’S AS REAL FOR THEM
AS IF IT’S HAPPENING. ALL OF OUR RECORDINGS ARE
DRAMA, WORD-FOR-WORD, SO YOU HAVE THE VOICE FOR JESUS. SO, THEY’LL BE SITTING THERE
TALKING AND ARGUING. THE MEN WILL BE OUT IN THE FIELDS
EITHER HERDING OR PLANTING. AND AS THEY ARE PLANTING,
THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY’VE HEARD AND WHAT
JESUS DID. AND THEN THEY COME BACK. AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN
IS THE WORKER WILL COME BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AFTER
THEY’VE BEEN LISTENING FOR A MONTH OR TWO MONTHS. THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, HALF
THE COMMUNITY, WILL SAY, “WE’VE MADE A DECISION,”
AND THEY MAKE THE DECISION COMMUNALLY. “WE’VE MADE
A DECISION TO ACCEPT CHRIST.”>>JOHN: YES.>>MORGAN: THEN THEY’LL GO TO
THE CHIEF AND THE CHIEF WILL THEN GIVE THEM LAND AND SAY,
“OKAY, YOU CAN BUILD A CHURCH HERE.” NOW, OFTENTIMES THAT’S
JUST A SIMPLE THATCH WITH SOME POLES, SOME LOGS FOR SEATS. BUT THEN THEY’LL TAKE THEM
DOWN TO THE RIVER OR WHEREVER THERE’S WATER, AND HALF OF
THE VILLAGE WILL BE BAPTIZED IN THAT SINGLE DAY AS
THEY MAKE A COMMUNAL DECISION.>>DARLENE: AND IT’S INTERESTING
THAT SOMETIMES THEY, AS A SINGLE PERSON THEY DO NOT
WANT TO ACCEPT THE LORD.>>MORGAN: NO.>>DARLENE: WHY IS THAT? WHY, WHY DO THEY WAIT FOR
THE OTHERS TO COME TOGETHER?>>MORGAN: I HAD A TRANSLATOR
THAT FINISHED A TRANSLATION, AND HE HAD A WORKER THAT WAS
ONE OF THE LEADERS OF A TRIBE THAT LIVED WAY UP IN A RIVER
VALLEY. AND HE SAW THE GUY LISTENING. SO HE HAD GIVEN HIM
THE FIRST PROCLAIMER; THE GUY WAS LISTENING EVERY DAY. AND SO FINALLY AFTER ABOUT
A MONTH HE CAME OUT AND HE SAID, “I SEE YOU LISTENING. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT
CHRIST?” BECAUSE THERE… THIS COMMUNITY WAS VERY
RESISTANT. HE SAID, “I BELIEVE IN JESUS. I LOVE JESUS.” HE SAID,
“DO YOU WANT TO ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR?”
HE SAID, “YES, BUT NOT NOW.” HE SAID, “WHY NOT? YOU CAN
ACCEPT HIM NOW. I CAN BAPTIZE YOU.” “NO.” HE SAYS,
“IF I ACCEPT CHRIST NOW, THEN WHEN I GO TO MY COMMUNITY
I WILL BE REJECTED BY MY COMMUNITY. SO WHAT I WANT
TO DO IS, I WANT TO WAIT UNTIL I CAN TAKE THIS TO
MY COMMUNITY. AND TOGETHER, WE CAN LISTEN TOGETHER,
AND THEY CAN LISTEN AS I HAVE, AND TOGETHER WE CAN
MAKE THE DECISION FOR CHRIST.” BUT THE WISDOM WAS, IF HE MADE
THE DECISION OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY, THEN HE WOULD
NOW NOT BE A PART. AND SO HE WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL THEY
COULD MAKE IT TOGETHER. AND THAT’S HOW COMMUNITIES WORK.>>JOHN: YES. NOW, NEXT WEEK, FOLKS, WE’RE
GOING TO TAKE YOU TO A SPOT, BASICALLY WE’RE GOING TO TAKE
YOU TO MYANMAR AND CAMBODIA. AND THE REASON I WANT TO TAKE
YOU TO MYANMAR IS THAT SOME OF YOU THAT ARE GIVING AN AUDIO
BIBLE, YOU NEVER KNOW HOW GOD’S GOING TO USE YOUR AUDIO BIBLE. WE’RE STARTING A PROGRAM; IF
YOU GIVE AN AUDIO BIBLE OR ONE OF THE AUDIO DEVICES, WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A REPORT. WE’RE GOING TO CALL YOU FROM TIME TO TIME, SAY THANK YOU, AND WE’RE GOING TO REPORT. WE WANT YOU TO PRAY FOR WHERE YOUR BIBLE GOES TO. IF YOU WANT TO GIVE TO ETHIOPIA TODAY, ALL THE BIBLES THAT ARE GIVEN
GO TO ETHIOPIA TODAY. AND WHEN THEY GET THERE, WE’RE GOING TO CALL YOU AND SAY
IT GOT THERE. WE WANT YOU TO PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT
ARE GOING TO HEAR IT, OKAY? MANY OF THEM ARE NOT CHRISTIANS
AT ALL. NEXT WEEK I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY WITH MORGAN
HERE OF HOW IN MYANMAR, WHICH IS 97% NON-CHRISTIAN,
ALRIGHT, THAT ONE AUDIO PROCLAIMER ENDED UP PREACHING
THE WORD OF GOD TO 10,000 PEOPLE, AND HALF
OF THEM GOT SAVED, ALRIGHT? YOU NEVER KNOW HOW GOD’S GOING
TO USE YOUR ONE, TWO, THREE PROCLAIMERS. NOW, I ALSO WANT
TO TELL YOU THIS. EVERY AUDIO PROCLAIMER YOU GIVE IS GOING
TO BE MATCHED, OKAY? WE HAVE MATCHING GIFTS FOR ALL OF
THE DEVICES. SO THIS IS A TIME WHERE YOU CAN MAKE
A DIFFERENCE. IT USUALLY REACHES, WORLDWIDE AVERAGE,
90 PEOPLE WILL HEAR IT; 45 WILL ACCEPT THE LORD. IF YOU GIVE ONE IT WILL BE
MATCHED, AND THE FACT IS, YOU’LL HAVE TWO PROCLAIMERS. YOU’LL GIVE, 180 PEOPLE WILL
HEAR IT, AND 90 PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT THE LORD. AND
THAT WILL BE TO YOUR ACCOUNT. GOD WILL LOOK AT YOU AND SAY,
“WELL DONE, WELL DONE.” STAY TUNED, I’VE GOT A PERSONAL WORD FOR YOU.>>ANNOUNCER: STAY TUNED FOR
A SPECIAL WORD FROM JOHN.>>DR. JOHN ANKERBERG: NOW I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU JOINED US TO HEAR ABOUT HOW WE CAN BRING THE GOSPEL TO PEOPLE IN ETHIOPIA, AFRICA. YOU KNOW, JESUS COMMANDED US AS CHRISTIANS TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS – AND THERE ARE 112 MILLION PEOPLE IN ETHIOPIA – MANY WAITING TO HEAR THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. YOU KNOW, ETHIOPIA HAS THE 12TH LARGEST POPULATION IN THE WORLD AND 90 LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN THERE, BUT 58 LANGUAGES STILL DO NOT HAVE A TRANSLATED RECORDING OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. IN ADDITION, VERY FEW PEOPLE – ONLY 1.6% OF THE PEOPLE HAVE LISTENED TO THE BIBLE ITSELF. EVEN MANY EVANGELISTS ARE ILLITERATE. WHEN I WAS 19 YEARS OLD, I WAS IN ETHIOPIA AND A MISSIONARY DROPPED ME OFF AT A VILLAGE AND TOLD ME, JOHN, I WANT YOU TO SPEAK AND I’LL INTERPRET. BUT THESE PEOPLE, THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT JESUS OR THE BIBLE. SO, I ASKED THE VILLAGERS TO LOOK UP INTO THE SKY AND I SAID, “DO YOU SEE THE STARS? I TOLD THEM I HAD COME TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE ONE WHO MADE THE STARS AND HAD SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR THEM BECAUSE HE LOVED THEM SO MUCH. HE WANTED THEM TO KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. I WISH AT THAT TIME THAT WE HAD A PROCLAIMER TO LEAVE WITH THEM. THEY WERE VERY OPEN TO LISTENING. BUT NOW WE HAVE AUDIO PROCLAIMERS THAT ON THEM THE MAJOR LANGUAGES PEOPLE SPEAK IN ETHIOPIA CAN BE HEARD. BUT WE NEED TO PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF THESE AUDIO BIBLES FOR VILLAGES ACROSS ETHIOPIA. NOW, THE WORLDWIDE STATISTICS SHOW THAT ONE AUDIO BIBLE THAT YOU GIVE WILL REACH 90 PEOPLE AND 45 OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL BECOME NEW CHRISTIANS. AND TODAY I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU TO PROVIDE ONE AUDIO PROCLAIMER SO A WHOLE VILLAGE CAN HEAR THE WORD OF GOD IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. BY THE WAY, EVERY GIFT YOU GIVE TODAY WILL BE MATCHED. SO IF YOU GIVE
A GIFT OF $500 FOR ONE
AUDIO PROCLAIMER, YOUR GIFT
WILL BE MATCHED AND YOU WILL
ACTUALLY BE PROVIDING
2 AUDIO BIBLES FOR 2 VILLAGES. A GIFT OF $1000
WILL BE MATCHED SO YOU WILL
ACTUALLY BE PROVIDING 4 AUDIO
PROCLAIMERS, AND A GIFT
OF $2000 WILL PROVIDE 8
AUDIO PROCLAIMERS. AND THESE
PROCLAIMERS WILL IMMEDIATELY BE TAKEN TO ETHIOPIA AND GIVEN TO PEOPLE LIVING IN COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD THE GOSPEL. THEN SECOND,
FOR A GIFT OF JUST $30, YOU CAN
DO SOMETHING SPECIAL.
YOU CAN PROVIDE A SPECIAL
PRE-PROGRAMED MICRO-SD CARD
CONTAINING AN AUDIO BIBLE
FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER
HEARD THE BIBLE IN THEIR LANGUAGE. NOW A MICRO-SD
CARD IS AN ULTRA-SMALL
FLASH MEMORY CARD ABOUT THE SIZE
OF THE TIP OF YOUR FINGER
THAT CAN QUICKLY BE INSERTED INTO
ANY PERSON’S CELL PHONE, AND
INSTANTLY ALLOW THEM TO HEAR
THE WORD OF GOD AND TO SEE
THE JESUS FILM ON THEIR CELL
PHONE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.
AND YOUR GIFT OF $30 TODAY
WILL BE MATCHED SO YOU WILL
ACTUALLY BE PROVIDING TWO
MICRO-SD CARDS CONTAINING TWO
AUDIO BIBLES. THEN, IF YOU GIVE
A GIFT OF $60 YOUR GIFT WILL
BE MATCHED AND YOU’LL PROVIDE
4 MICRO-SD CARDS CONTAINING
AUDIO BIBLES ON PEOPLE’S
CELL PHONES. AND THEN THIRD,
FOR A GIFT OF $100, YOU CAN
PROVIDE TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS:
FIRST, A MICRO-SD CARD
CONTAINING AN AUDIO BIBLE
FOR SOMEONE’S CELL PHONE, AND
SECOND, AN AUDIO BIBLESTICK WHICH
FAMILIES CAN SHARE AND
PRIVATELY LISTEN TO THE BIBLE.
AND TODAY YOUR GIFT OF
$100 WILL BE MATCHED SO YOU
WILL BE ACTUALLY BE PROVIDING
2 MICRO-SD CARDS AND 2 BIBLESTICKS AT THE SAME TIME. AND FOURTH,
IF YOU WILL GIVE A GIFT OF $1,000
YOU CAN PROVIDE 7 VERY
IMPORTANT ITEMS, INCLUDING
3 MICRO-SD CARDS FOR 3 PEOPLE’S
CELL PHONES, 3 BIBLESTICKS
FOR 3 DIFFERENT FAMILIES, AND
ONE LARGE AUDIO PROCLAIMER
FOR AN ENTIRE VILLAGE. AND
SINCE EVERY GIFT WILL BE MATCHED,
YOUR GIFT OF $1000 WILL
BE DOUBLED AND PROVIDE
14 OF THOSE ITEMS. AND PART OF
YOUR GIFT WILL ALSO HELP US PRESENT THE GOSPEL ON TV IN COUNTRIES OVERSEAS. SO RIGHT NOW, IF GOD IS LEADING YOU TO PROVIDE ONE OF THESE IMPORTANT AUDIO BIBLES, WOULD YOU PLEASE CALL US AT 1-800-805-3030. AND YOU CAN CALL US RIGHT NOW. THAT’S 1-800-805-3030. AND YOU CAN WRITE THAT NUMBER DOWN BECAUSE YOU CAN CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ANY DAY THIS WEEK 24 HOURS A DAY. OR IF YOU WISH, YOU MAY GIVE YOUR GIFT AT OUR WEBSITE AT JASHOW.ORG WHERE WE HAVE A SECURE PLACE FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR GIFT. OUR WEBSITE AGAIN IS JUST JASHOW.ORG. AND WHEN WE RECEIVE YOUR GIFT, WE WILL SEND YOU A RECEIPT, AND A PERSONAL THANK YOU RIGHT AWAY. OUR PHONE NUMBER AGAIN IS 1-800-805-3030. AND DARLENE AND I WILL APPRECIATE YOUR HELP VERY MUCH.

4 thoughts on “God’s Word to the World – Series 7 – Part 2

  1. Jesus bless Africa shake them from inner core being wake them so they Repent and Believe Asia too please for Your Glory God 🙏🏻

  2. John is sounding so much like a business man like Benny Hinn trying to tell how many people are getting saved. He cannot tell you how many get saved. Please be careful.

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