"For we live by faith, not by sight."
~2 Corinthians 5:7
As we began to hear their stories, we were shocked to learn that during these border crossings, with bags loaded full of Bibles- and only Bibles- they had no back up plan. No tricky schemes devised to get them past the carefully guarded borders of China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba.
These mighty saints simply trust that God has called them to walk by faith- and not by sight. Are they afraid? Oh yes- they say their knees shake every time- but they know the fear they feel when making each trip is not from Him.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity...”~2 Timothy 1:7
Some believers have only have a single, hand copied page of the Bible like this one.
As couriers finished distributing Bibles to a certain tribe, a young man ran up to them and asked if they might have a Bible for him. The courier replied that he was sorry, he had just passed out the last Bible. Had this young man wanted one?
The young man replied that he desperately wanted one. He only owned one page of the Bible which he had read and read- and he really desired to know what was on the next page.
That single request launched John and Elizabeth into a life of full time ministry.
In their travels, they have met people from all over simply desperate for the truth of God's Word. People who listen to sermons on hand crank radios or gospel messages on records they need to turn by hand.
HUNGER FOR THE WORD
There is such a hunger for the Word in countries where it is prohibited. Our friends shared about a blind sister in China they met who had no arms. She greatly desired to read the Word daily, but with no arms and no sight her options are limited.
She has learned to read a Braille Cantonese Bible every day- with her tongue. Although she greatly desires to be in the Word often, she must stop when her tongue is so raw that it begins to bleed for fear of ruining her copy of the Bible.
A blind believer in China reads braille- with her tongue.
We aren't all called to be Bible smugglers, but wouldn't it be wonderful to pray for those who are and to learn some of what God is doing in restricted countries?
P.S. If you'd like a camp experience that includes the entire family and other homeschoolers, make plans to come to FAMILY HOMESCHOOL CAMP. These dear Bible Couriers will be there- and so will we! We'd love to meet you!
*Names have been changed for the protection of those involved in this ministry.