Not Ashamed of the Gospel
As Joel* worked to edit the next portion of the Bible translation, he was struck by the words from the book of James – and the voice of the young man who had spoken them.
For two years, Norbu* and two of his friends have been discipled by Bunda* and Kunsang*, Tazig* church leaders, and Joel’s teammates. The young men were very excited to learn that Bunda and Kunsang were part of the team working on recording the Word of God into Tazig, their local language.
The young men’s families were not happy that they were spending time with Christians. They demanded that the young men stop meeting with them. In the middle of that family pressure and persecution, Norbu and one of his friends told Bunda they wanted to help with the translation and recording in any way they could.
“What about your families?” Bunda asked. “What are they going to say?”
“We aren’t worried about what people will say about us,” they replied. “You are doing something good for our people, and we want to help.”
So when Norbu stepped into the recording booth, he knew he would most likely face more persecution because of his choice to be bold for Jesus. He did it anyway.
As he started voicing the book of James, Norbu read, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
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