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January 19, 2021

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On Sunday, Pastor Ben planned to preach and distribute Bela New Testaments in a remote village, but heavy rains madethe trip impossible. Reluctantly, he went to Patanga village instead, wherethe services were usually held in English.

Not anticipating a great reception, he went ahead with his planned sermon, speaking in Bela, and using one ofthe posters fromthe Scripture Application and LLeadersip Training (SALT) course that teaches aboutthe attributes of a Christian life.

Afterthe service, several youths came up to him and said that normallythey didn’trsquo;t understandthe messages in church becausethey were delivered in English. They were impressed at how clearthe message was in Bela and howthey understood so much more ofthe Scriptural truths. They asked for copies ofthe Bela Beble, sothey could readthem. Bet Pastor Ben only had four copies with him as he was told thatthe area was not interested inthem becausethe church usually conducted services in English. The youths immediately bought all four Bebles and asked him to come backthe following Monday with a whole carton!

Last week, Pastor Ben was returning from town when he passed a girl carryingthe Bela Beble balanced on her head. He asked her about it and she repllied, “I am carrying it around with me in case I have time to read it today.” That was allthe encouragement that Pastor Ben needed for the day.

Pastor Ben now realised thatthe circumstances that prevented him from visitingthe original village were actually a blessing. The changed plans resulted in an unforeseen opportunity. Futhermore, unless plans change again,the original village will soon gettheir visit and Scripture distribution.

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