The Lord has been convicting me recently on the issue of feast vs. famine. What am I enjoying in abundance? What am I depriving myself of?
I think if each of us were truly honest we would have to admit that it’s much easier to feast on worthless, temporal things – TV, books, shallow talk, internet. Rather, we should be feasting on the life-changing, eternal Word of God.
This fact is beautifully evident in the George Cowan story found in chapter 8 of Seed Sowers: Gospel-Planting Adventures.
Little Felicitas had suffered beatings from her mother just to hear the Cowans speak of God’s Word. As Felicitas grew up, she became a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and hungered for His Word, even when she was widowed with three young children.
Truly, she found God’s Word to be more valuable than food. As the Cowans translated the Bible for the Mazatec people, Felicitas would buy – at great sacrifice to herself – each book that she could.
When George Cowan saw the book of James in Felicitas’ simple mountain hut, each page was smudged from her soot-covered fingers. She hungered for God’s Word so deeply that even during the process of preparing a meal for her children, she would prop the book in front of her, cherishing each word.
Are you feasting on God’s Word today? May we have a heart like Felicitas -
“I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 (KJV)
My children with George Cowan in 2011.
From cover to cover, Seed Sowers contains the stories of dozens of missionaries who sacrificed so that the Word of God could be translated for people like Felicitas. It’s available through Grace and Truth Books and Amazon — in print and for your Kindle.
(If you have an extra minute, click here to read more about George and Florence Cowan and listen to his whistled language demonstration!)
If you read my birthday post over on my family blog (here’s the link), you know that John gave me one of my best birthday gifts ever. Since the WA Auction earlier this spring, I’ve been half-wishing we hadn’t donated the copy of Seed Sowers which had over a dozen signatures of missionaries featured in the book. While I was very glad that it went for over $100 (which went toward a Bible translation project), I was wishing I had that copy myself!
Well, my dear husband knew it and so he got a hardback copy and took the book to nearly all of the missionaries featured in Seed Sowers. They wrote notes on their featured stories and signed it for me. Talk about a meaningful gift I will always treasure!
If you don’t have a copy yet of Seed Sowers – it’s available at Grace and Truth Books!
It’s been six months since Seed Sowers was published!
God continues to use the stories – especially among young people – to challenge others for His service!
Do you have stories to share about how you are using Seed Sowers? Let me know. And if you’d like to see pictures from many of the Seed Sowers stories, click on the “pictures” tab at the top of this page.
And if you don’t have a copy of Seed Sowers yet – Grace and Truth Books now carries it. If you’re interested in the e-version, it’s available on Amazon.
Every year Wycliffe Associates here in Dallas hosts a Pie Social and Auction. Many people from Wycliffe’s Linguistics Center, where we serve full-time, donate items for the auction and all proceeds go to support Bible translation projects around the world.
Several weeks ago, John suggested I donate a copy of Seed Sowers for the auction, but then someone gave us another idea: how about having some of the retired missionaries whose stories are featured in Seed Sowers autograph their stories in the book?
What a great idea! Thankfully, many of the missionaries live in the Dallas area so we were able to collect many signatures for the book.
The WA Auction was this past Friday and I was a bit nervous about how the book would sell.
So imagine how thrilled I was when my little ole book sold for $120!
Honestly, when I saw the signatures filling the book it almost made me want to buy it myself. However, I was so glad for the lady who purchased it because I know she’ll really treasure it.