Where do you go for peace and strength as you face this world and its daily struggles? Our Staff and Board gather regularly for prayer, seeking our Lord together often. Recently, one of our team members brought a devotion addressing the anxiety, unrest, worry and fear which circles all around us, and the fact that it can come at us unexpectedly at any time. They asked “When anxiety or panic comes, Where do you go?”
About Kent Kiefer
Kent Kiefer is Scriptures in Use, Executive Director & CEO. He came to SIU with 12 years of International Ministry experience, most recently four years with a faith-based International Missions’ Sending Agency (ABWE) and previously eight years with a faith-based International Parachurch ministry (Focus on the Family). Kent has a heart and passion for “reaching the unreached” and believes strongly that the oral arts/communication bridges training approach designed specifically for the indigenous men and women of peace around the world is one of the most effective means to reach the nations with the Gospel.
Entries by Kent Kiefer
One of the favorite things I get to tell people about our God is how He meant for the good news and gospel of Jesus Christ, His church and coming eternal Kingdom to be shared with ALL people and people groups, and all types of people/individuals within those groups. Our God loves all people regardless of their background, education, economic status, race, color, ethnic origin, or any other variation defined by man. He shows no favoritism, and His message is just as much, or even more so, for the common people who have been neglected or ignored as it is for those who are highly educated and wealthy.
Have you ever thought, “Can I participate in a SIU Bridges to Oral Cultures Training?” Do you know someone who might like to join a training? Through our new partnership with TRAIN International, we have an opportunity for you. You are invited to participate in a SIU Bridges to Oral Cultures Training without having to travel overseas. This is a truly unique opportunity that doesn’t come along often.
Daniel, a participant in an SIU Bridges to Oral Cultures training event here in the United States wrote, “A few weeks ago, I participated in a ‘storying’ training….After the storying training, I decided…[to] give this simple storying method a try….The kids were engaged in the story, and when it came time to answer questions from the story, it became immediately clear that they had listened incredibly well.”
Whether you are interested in attending the training or not, I think you will be blessed to read the rest of Daniel’s story of his experience using the tools he gained through the Bridges to Oral Cultures training.
Last year was a difficult year for our SIU partners and SIU team members, even as we witnessed the continued advancement of the Gospel with new believers, new disciples and new church plants across the harvest fields around the world in 2021. Our international partners and US based team saw and experienced much grief with loss of life with immediate family and close friends. In the midst of loss, we hold on to the sovereignty, peace, love and goodness of our God.
In the last few Blogs, we have revealed a disheartening imbalance and shocking fact that less than 1/100 of .1% (which equates to .0001) of the world’s annual charitable giving goes to places in the world needing the gospel the most. Sadly, that is less than $1 of every $10,000 of charitable giving dollars going to those people across the world—currently estimated at 3.28 billion people (source: Joshuaproject.net) — who have NEVER heard about Jesus and His gift of salvation. This means that the people groups who are unreached are NOT receiving the resources needed to make an eternal difference in their lives.
How can this change?
YOU can play a key role in changing this trend by supporting our partners in prayer and financial support with a year-end gift to SIU.
In last month’s blog, we revealed the disheartening imbalance and shocking fact that less than 1/100 of .1% (which equates to .0001) of the world’s annual charitable giving goes to places in the world needing the gospel the most. Sadly, that is less than $1 of every $10,000 of charitable giving dollars going to serve people across the world—currently estimated at 3.28 billion (source: Joshuaproject.net) — who have NEVER heard about Jesus and His gift of salvation. This means that ample resources are NOT going toward making an eternal difference in the lives of the most unreached. How can we change this?
Our partners at SIU play a key role in changing this trend….
As I briefly discussed in last month’s blog, an extremely small percentage of current faith-based funding and resources each year is getting to those regions and people groups who need it the most – the unreached and unengaged. Please watch this short video that clearly explains this challenging issue:
This imbalance is disheartening. However, through the power of the Spirit and with much prayer, it can be changed! Scriptures In Use (SIU) plays a key role in changing this trend…
“We count our material possessions of no value as we have the Lord of the universe on our side! HE is our provider of ALL.” It is easy to believe these words when we are in a place of comfort, but what about from a place of great loss? Many of our SIU partners have lost their homes, communities, workplaces, and family as a result of following Jesus. Some will even have to flee their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Right now, there are communities of believers huddled in safe houses worshipping and praising God while their persecutors search for them. . . .
“Are you qualified to receive Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as charitable donations?” One of our faithful supporters asked me when I was contacted by them the other day.
“Yes, we are,” I replied. “We recommend you seek the help of your tax advisor in making your decision. If you decide to give to SIU, we are a qualified 501(c)(3) and can receive your charitable donation. We will put your gift to good use based on where you would like it go.”
This month we continue a series of periodical posts focusing on the distinctives of SIU’s church planting and disciple-making approach written by our founders, Jim and Carla Bowman.
Anju has just finished telling the Woman of Tekoa story (2 Samuel 14) in front of the whole class. The participants clap enthusiastically calming Anju’s fears and greatly encouraging her. The Trainer speaks up. “Anju thank you so much. That was fantastic.” Turning to another participant he says, “Asha, I know you were Anju’s mentor for this story. Did she tell the story exactly as it appears in your Bible?” After a hushed silence, Asha smiles and says proudly, “I read the text silently while Anju spoke. Every word was perfect.”