“The Bible is a missionary that never gets sick, needs no pay, never takes a furlough. It is always there, ready to do the work it was intended for.” –Adoniram Judsom, missionary and Bible translator to Burma
Today we had a Bible translator share. He made the point that the translated Bible is crucial to the establishment and growth of the church. He cited China, Angola, and Zaire as countries where, although missionaries were kicked out, the church continued to grow because they had the Bible in their language.
[related article on China]
Maybe the American church should follow their example in placing the Bible as central in church growth (as opposed to business strategies and razzle-dazzle)? 🙂