There are few images that haunt the soul like the faces of children suffering extreme tragedies. Hollowed cheekbones from famines, blackened eyes from abuse, and empty gazes from those who are trafficked - each holds a cry for mercy, for justice, each in need of a Savior.
Children that could be our own if ours had been born instead in Somalia, South Amercia, or India. Children whose bellies and minds are empty, except for the rot of death beginning to fester inside, except for the seed of hopelessness that flourishes alone.
The wars of injustice are like a fire never quenched, consuming millions of souls the world round and the blood of many cries out from the ground.
Souls dying without food, dying without love, dying without aid.
The world is even now mobilizing armies of individuals, bands of brothers and sisters ready and willing to fight. Men and women standing between the victims and their oppressors, parting with money to feed others, and lifting their voice for the cause of the voiceless.
Powerful bursts of water on the fires of hell.
And yet the greatest tragedy in the world?
Millions of souls are living and dying every year without any news of a Savior.
Who will bring the living water to the nearly one-third of the world's population, or 340 million, who have yet to hear that there is hope? That there is life after death, a life more abundant and free?
340 million is the number of people who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ found in the Living Word of God because they have yet to have it translated into their heart language. It is a number larger than any genocide, famine, or world war has ever claimed.
OneVerse is a program that is mobilizing ordinary citizens like you and me to help support local Bible translators as they work to bring the language of God's love into the language of all those that He loves. They have made partnership incredibly simple, whether your desire is to help sponsor the translation of a verse, or as a family a whole chapter, or as a small group an entire book. You can even get their Sacrificial Giving app here, fasting made simple while on-the-go. For every cup of coffee or coke or dinner out that you skip, forward that money on towards more translation.
Who will tell the hungry child about the Bread of Life? Who will tell the boys growing up as child soldiers that there is a peace offered to their spirits? Who will tell the one who lives beneath the wooden gaze of hundreds of dieties that there is but One God? Who will tell the girl who has been sold for her body that there is One who has bought her with His life and that she is beautiful in His eyes?
Will it be a mother who imagines these ones as her own? Will it be the dad who knows the salvation of his heavenly father? Will it be a child, giving up his or her allowance to allow another little boy or girl the chance to hear the good news?
Will it be you today by partnering with OneVerse to bring good news of eternal hope to those who live and die without?