is believing God to keep His promises in His perfect timing. But sometimes, practicing patience can be difficult. When we’re bringing our concerns to the Lord, again and again, we can grow weary and feel like our prayers are failing. Thankfully, the Bible gives us great examples of people facing difficult periods of waiting. By faith, the Spirit walks with us and provides us with the strength of endurance.
See how Joseph and his translation team prayed and waited on the Lord for 15 years to visit the promised land.
They trusted the Spirit to provide the strength of perseverance, and we recognize them for their faithful fruit.
Thank you for welcoming me here. My name is Joseph Sensor, and I am from Tanzania. The four of us who have come to training have worked on Bible translation for many years. The work of sign language Bible translation is challenging. Since we are Deaf, we struggle to understand the written Word. Many churches do not provide access in sign language, which makes understanding the message difficult because we cannot hear.
We have worked very hard over the last 15 years, hoping that one day we could come to Israel. That had not been possible because of a lack of funding. We prayed for the opportunity to go to Israel and see with our own eyes, the various places that impacted our translation.
Now, I stand here and thank God for His goodness in enabling Deaf Bible Society to bring us here to Israel. Since the time we have landed, we have been richly blessed because of the training we have received. For example, we have been able to see David’s Tower, the place where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son, and many other biblical places. Not only the places we have visited but also the training we have received from various classes will significantly contribute to the clarity of the translation passages.
The four of us on our team are extremely thankful to be able to enter into this country when many other Africans have not had their visas approved to come here.
“There are many Deaf people
from our countries who live in darkness without the light of God’s Word.”
My team and I have been deeply impacted by being in Israel for training.
In the past, when we were working through a passage to translate, we didn’t have adequate resources available to us, making the translation more challenging to complete.
We envisioned what Israel looked like, but now that we are here to experience it, we see it differently!
We have a better perspective of what the temple looks like and how it was built with large rocks; in Africa, our buildings are constructed differently. Before coming here, we envisioned many of the places within Jerusalem that Jesus walked were far from each other. However, physically being here, we see that we can walk through the entire city in under a day. Seeing the distance between where Jesus prayed in the garden, where He was arrested, crucified, and buried, gave us an additional perspective. It has been an incredible learning experience, we never stop learning, and we want to learn more.
Going back to the temple, we were amazed at the actual size. The temple walls of Jerusalem were built to be large and different from the buildings where we are from. We understand the magnitude of the temple, its various sections, and the temple’s colonnade inside the walls called Solomon’s porch.
We look forward to learning more.
So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. – Colossians 1:10-12