Episode 151

Bible Stories Translated, The Jason Lovins Band, SEBTS Students in South Asia

Aug 2, 2022

Bir Bahdur is a simple animal herder. Sometimes he works as a day-laborer. He’s quiet and meek. He’s uneducated and soft-spoken. He doesn’t consider himself qualified to share the gospel, let alone teach it. Jason Lovins has shared his story of being spared from abortion to audiences across the country for years. But for the first time, the story is being told in video. And, As an institution committed to equipping Great Commission students with hands-on training, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) sent a team to serve persecuted churches and impoverished peoples in South Asia during summer 2022.

Transcript

Bir Bahdur is a simple animal herder. Sometimes he works as a day-laborer. He’s quiet and meek. He’s uneducated and soft-spoken. He doesn’t consider himself qualified to share the gospel, let alone teach it. Many of his South Asian countrymen don’t think so either.

But the beauty of the Gospel is that it brings worth to those society considers not worthy.

Bir Bahdur became a believer by hearing Bible stories that were translated into his language by a coalition of International Mission Board workers, Omega Training Partnership translators and another international translation organization. Together, these three organizations form one Bible translation project.

After hearing and believing the truth, he knew he wanted to share it. With the encouragement of fellow participants and the trainers from the project’s workshops, he learned to craft and share Bible stories in his heart language.

So far they’ve overseen the completion of Bible story sets in 23 languages among many of the least-served people groups of South Asia.

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Jason Lovins has shared his story of being spared from abortion to audiences across the country for years. But for the first time, the story is being told in video.

The Jason Lovins Band’s new single, “Constant,” features guest vocals from Russ Lee, lead singer of CCM supergroup NewSong.

The music video for the song, released earlier this summer, depicts the story of his mother’s pregnancy journey and the decision she faced, while the song lyrics tell of God’s constant character.
Lovins said he hopes his story and song can be a part of the practical ministry to women facing a difficult and important decision.

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Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

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As an institution committed to equipping Great Commission students with hands-on training, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) sent a team to serve persecuted churches and impoverished peoples in South Asia during summer 2022.

The trip was designed to give students an appreciation for the persecuted church and enable students to support and serve alongside pastors and ministry leaders who are suffering for their faith. The team ministered in a leper colony and in some of the world’s poorest slums, shared the Gospel in rural schools and orphanages, and taught the Bible through translators in several churches.

Several students on the trip acknowledged how these experiences confirmed their resolve to fulfill the Great Commission wherever God sends them.

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