to experience of blindness. . .
"In the Book of Revelation, one can..."
Dear Christian Friend,
In the Book of Revelation, one can read of the judgments of God against a sinful world. After a few passages of that, there will be shown the celestial glory of the other side, the throng of the Redeemed without number, singing praises and glory to the Lamb. It will show those of whom God paid for their redemption and pardoned their sins. Then also, it will show another number of those even nearer to the Lord, who had followed in His steps through suffering and privation, who loved not their lives even unto death. They are of a group which includes both the actual martyrs and those who had died out to the world, had crucified their old man of ambitions, self, and carnal desires. These are those who are dead to self and alive unto Christ alone.
The Bible is truly the Divine Word of God. It is beyond any Theory of Relativity to prove or to try to disprove. Yet the humble soul truly seeking truth can understand it.
[This paragraph refers to Bro. Orland's blindness, incurred when he was injured in a terrorist bomb explosion.] I have the complete Bible on disk records. It used to be in my Bible time that I would read but a few verses, then be intrigued by some theme and begin to follow it up in other references. I found that the Bible was its own best expositor and commentary. My present practice brings a whole new train of thought and revelation for the study. Looking up other references, I find, is difficult to the unsighted, but the hearing of the whole passage, than the chapter, then the following chapters - on and on, in order - yields its own special message. So in all, in both cases, we thank the Lord and praise Him for His sanctifying Word.
Two precious brethren, both very devoted servants of the Lord, came in to report that they had been retransversing a region where we had gone years ago. This region was very isolated, off the beaten trails, and up into the tortured land where it crisscrossed mountains and valleys. In those other times, we had been warned of the danger of preaching. This danger was very real and occasionally brought death. There was no protection from the city police way out there. However, God protected us. We preached and a few received the Word.
Now, the brethren report that there is no physical opposition. There are many believers, but the communities generally are still in need of salvation. The brethren felt several villages were ready for a little meeting house, where the believers could meet regularly. One of the local believers was to be left in charge, with our evangelists visiting to preach regularly.
Of course, everyone says "Amen" to all this, but when they ask if the mission can do things materially to help, then we have to pause and pray for faith and guidance. To take on more, in the midst of other work and activity already underway, is hard, both in preaching and in materially feeding the poor. Still, we told them to go ahead. If the local believers there will make their own adobe brick houses, putting up the walls and the like, we'll send them the tin roofing from the city. This is lightweight corrugated iron and really only tin galvanized a bit. It will be sent out with one of our evangelists atop a bus. When the pavement ends, it will be changed to a smaller, older little mountain truck connecting some of the larger mountain villages. It is then put on a burro to go the last few miles to the destination. Sometimes, instead of a burro, three or four volunteers will divide up the load, carrying it on their backs. Our evangelist packs his Bibles and accordion also.
So far, the reached places are being reached
with the Gospel. Counting on the radio, the people there are already being
reached. The Lord may come any time.