Being accessible on the web is important so that people can be strengthened, encouraged and challenged to live godly lives. But there are many who are a world away because they do not know much English. They will not search in English. Google, a huge search engine, is now seeking to infiltrate the Chinese market. The reason? Simple. China now has the highest web user rate after the United States.
It is interesting that just last week everything came together to get the Biblical Parenting Principles series converted into simplified Chinese characters, the script that is used in mainland China. Thanks to the help of a friend, God's special timing and a few days of careful formatting, we were able to finish the job. (Of course this put me behind on other things, but that is part of web managing).
BFF seems to be slowly moving into the translation of certain web pages and materials into different languages. Right now the Chinese web pages are merged with English, not very user-friendly. People from different countries have offered to help translate the material for pay. One person is helping translate a few articles into Chinese. We are thankful that the same person is now translating 'Reviving Our Personal Devotions.'
The Telugu language has 69 million speakers but very, very few Christian books. This is one reason that the pastors on the last trip to India deeply appreciated 'The Godly Man' series that was translated for them into Telugu. It only cost a little over US$1.00 a book! Pastor Stephen is translating the overcoming anxiety series entitled 'Finding Peace, Discovering God' this year. It will cost a bit more because it is longer. But with so little Christian material available in their language, the move is strategic. Paul expects to have more pastors ask him for a correspondence course. We certainly have the material to translate but need someone to oversee and finance the operation. One person recently said he was going to work on Spanish translations for leadership training. May God move the right people at the right time. The need is great.
Paul is making plans to visit India again, in September! Time goes so quickly. Please pray with him about who, if anyone, should accompany him. Paul plans to train pastors, evangelists and church planters like on the first trip. He plans to return to two previous cities and to go to one or two new places. Do pray for Pastor Stephen as he makes preparations, for help in getting the anxiety seminar translated, and for financial support for the trip to come in earlier than last year! Paul will never forget that experience and certainly hopes not to have a repeat of it, although it was a clear miracle of God.
God has put it on Paul's heart to pray each day that God might train and stir up His workers to finish the great need for evangelism (and missions) for all of India.