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Seizing the moment in Sudan
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More than 200 people groups in this region remain unreached.

About the Pacific Region

Established on verdant isles adorning a vast expanse of azure ocean, island churches yearn for heart language Scripture. Through Bible translation, one Pacific island people group can now read Genesis 28:15 in their mother tongue:  

"Lene mimise! Akeu loko etika neka Au raka ale, kai Au leuke ale suike lomei tapele meije le Au hleke ale mo eti Au ono saisa rebe Au taluke ete alere." (“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”   — Genesis 28:15, NIV) 

 In this region, history can be painful to remember. Over centuries, island families suffered at the hands of intruders seeking to exploit, betray and displace. The Old Testament paints a picture of a nation of Israel that suffered under exile and later flourished in the promised land. As islanders read the promise of Genesis 28:15, they can see their own history in light of God’s plans for all His people. Hope for the future can help heal the wounds of past suffering. 

 This is the impact of just one Bible verse in one language. You can help bring God’s Word to the Pacific islands by supplying the tools, training and resources church networks need to translate Scripture for their people.

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Stories From the Field

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  • A Scrap of Paper that Changed a Life

    • December 28, 2021

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    • December 28, 2021

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  • Seizing the moment in Sudan

    • November 01, 2021

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    • Bible Without a Village

      • December 27, 2021

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      • September 20, 2021

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