printed in the July-Sep, 2015 BI Prayer Guide
While attending Bible college, he was introduced to Bibles International. Even though he thought of himself as a common farm boy unqualified for work as intellectually and theologically demanding as Bible translation, he felt God leading him in that direction. While still in college, he took a trip to Myanmar with a BI couple and other interns, and when he returned to the States, part of his heart remained in Myanmar.
The young man married a wonderful Christian girl, together they were committed to ultimately serving God through Bible translation in Myanmar.
Children came, they bought a house, and the man continued his training, sometimes holding down multiple jobs so that his wife could be at home to raise the children. They joined Bibles International, downsized from a house to a travel trailer, and began raising their support.
There was one major problem, however: Myanmar was not an open field of ministry for Baptist Mid-Missions for several reasons, and it appeared that it would remain closed for some time. And though this couple checked out the possibility of living and serving in India, their hearts were still in Myanmar.
This past March, after researching the situation, the General Council of Baptist Mid-Missions voted to do two things. They voted to open Myanmar as a field of ministry, and they voted to send this couple, Joel and Sarah Wagner, to work in Myanmar with Bibles International.
Is it not interesting to realize that centuries ago God used William Tyndale to take God’s Word to every ploughboy in England, and today God is using “a farm boy from Michigan” to take God’s Word to people around the world?
God is able! Our part is to pray.