We are extremely excited to announce that our 2020 Annual Report has arrived and is in the mail to our faithful financial supporters! Our team spent much time praying and deliberating, collaborating on content and design, and searching through our partner field stories from 2020. We are celebrating our God – the God who never sleeps and is never taken by surprise. Our God knew this global pandemic was coming, and He opened hearts, minds and new doors to advance the Gospel! Read more….
This time of the year is a special season for our Muslim friends and families as they observe their holy month of Ramadan, April 13 – May 12. Fasting, prayer, giving, and blessings are key elements of these 30 days as Muslims gather with their families in local communities around the world. There is a growing number of ministries around the world with a heart for reaching Muslims with the love of Christ. SIU is one of those ministries – every people group, “ethne”, to be reached – every tribe, tongue, nation and people will worship our Lord when He returns. That is our future and will always be a part of our calling, culture and values at SIU.
Scriptures In Use (SIU) has sustained a vision to reach unreached, unengaged and underserved populations around the world for more than 35 years. SIU trainers come alongside church planters and other believers among oral cultures, training them to use oral Bible strategies that are simple, effective, and easily reproducible to reach their local communities and to go to the unreached in their region and beyond. Billions of people have not yet heard God’s great story. Opportunities abound. We want to mobilize for God’s Great Commission and are seeking courageous men and women to join us as we partner with fellow believers around the world.
One of our long-standing, beloved partners in West Africa, Rene Mbongo, recently passed into Glory to be with our Lord Jesus for eternity. His passing came suddenly due to the rapid onset of COVID-19 and complications associated with the virus. We are grieving his loss and praying for his wife, Faustine, children and grandchildren. Our Lord tells us in Psalm 116:15 (NIV):
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.”
We want to honor and give tribute to this man of peace and man of God who impacted many lives and shared Jesus and the Love of our Savior with so many.
Here at Scriptures In Use, we often talk about the need to stay “on task” and “in alignment” to our mission. We want to avoid the dreaded “Mission Drift” of trying to do too many things by ourselves, thus jeopardizing the accomplishment of our vision or causing it to fall by the wayside. One of the ways we do this is by finding ways to leverage the expertise and strengths of like-minded ministries. This maximizes the talent, time and treasure of all the people and organizations involved. The Lord has delivered such an opportunity for Scriptures In Use.
Our SIU team recently held a “Celebrate Christmas Together” virtual event over Zoom. We had lots of fun fellowshipping with one another and praising and thanking God because he has sent us a mighty Savior. We were overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit and His reminder of the many prophecies fulfilled in the coming of our Messiah, the Lord Jesus. One of our Missionary couples memorized the Christmas story (Luke 1.5-2.20) and as they storied it in our fellowship and prayer time, one part, sometimes called Zechariah’s Song, especially spoke to me. . . .
As we come through the Thanksgiving season and enter the Christmas season I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness and thankfulness for our Lord — our indescribable, loving, faithful God who gave us the greatest gift of all in His son, Jesus Christ, the salvation that comes in believing in Him and the opportunity to spend eternity with Him in his eternal Kingdom…whew…What a gift!!! He is known for His Good Gifts . . .
This year has been a series of unexpected events, most of which have been quite difficult and extremely challenging. I would not rank it as one of our best years. Twenty-twenty brought global pandemic resulting in sickness, death, job loss and financial crisis. This year also brought civil and political unrest and increasing numbers of natural disasters. Many peoples of all nations are experiencing pain and suffering on so many fronts. Yet, the Lord continues to give blessings . . .
During this global pandemic, I am attending many video conferences and webinars. A clear message of “be creative” and “try something new” keeps surfacing. SIU was founded on the principle of being creative and trying new things. This time of global pandemic and all the associated restrictions has caused our SIU team and our partners in the field to “try something new” as well.
Many are suffering much during this widespread global pandemic, especially those who live in poverty stricken, economically depressed communities. Questions of “Where will our next meal come from?”, “Where will our provision come from, now and for the future?” and “Will we survive?” are at the forefront of many people’s thoughts. In 1 Kings 17:7-16, God’s Word speaks to this through a story from long ago. It is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Let me share this true story from the Living Word of God.