Hodges Herald: Partners in Bible Translation


Dear praying mission team,
‘HE is RISEN INDEED!’ As a former 11-year atheist, solid evidence
for the resurrection lifted my spiritual search ‘flight’ to
99.9% of a climb-out through the overcast of doubt. Want to
know more? Download our testimony/apologetics book at
http://www.cinami.org/hodges.html. I’ve recently done a major revision in
the section about the 75% climb-out point, proofs the Bible is God’s word.


Specials from our book on page two include an incredible poem, which when read forward describes my atheist philosophy before finding Christ. Then, when read backwards describes my new life in Christ! At citation 96, you’ll find an Internet link to a video, The Atheist Delusion, in which Ray Comfort witnesses to atheists. It’s had 15 million views and is the Christian rebuttal to world famous atheist Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion. (You’ll also find links to 20 other videos of world-class apologists like Lee Strobel and Ravi Zacharias plus three live Christian vs. Atheist debates.) We hope this delightful ‘spiritual garden’ from our book will bless you.

No Garden is Complete Without Turnips:

Turnip for Meetings,

Turnip for Service,

Turnip to Help One Another.

Plant Three Rows of Squash:

Squash Gossip,

Squash Indifference,

Squash Selfishness.

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce:

Lettuce be Faithful,

Lettuce be Kind,

Lettuce be Patient,

Lettuce Really Love One Another.

Every Garden Needs Thyme:

Make Thyme for Each Other,

Make Thyme for Family,

Make Thyme for Friends.

Now You May Plant Three Rows of Peas:

Peace of Mind,

Peace of Heart,

Peace of Soul.

We Reap What We Sow!

Water Freely With Patience and Cultivate With Love.

Bob Creason, Wycliffe CEO, shared this story of a translation
partner who visited a Kokomba village in hodges_04-18_bGhana.
“God doesn’t speak our language,” village leaders said; “He only speaks English.”
You can imagine their surprise when Morgan, the partner, began playing Matthew on his audio player. Pray God will mightily use similar technology in so many other villages where Christ is not known and darkness rules. Also pray He may thrust many other translators out into the harvest.

hodges_04-18_dWITNESSING in the BOLD ZONE!
Sharing Christ with this abrupt Navy Chief in a Dollar General store was a joy for me, but it also required some boldness to approach perfect strangers with a message they may not like. Was this Doritos advertisement the Lord’s way of telling me I’m in HIS boldness zone, though I may not always feel it? Holy courage born of faith is
built upon ‘Lo I am with you always!’ He is! (Mt. 28)

Why a book? Jesus said to ‘tell what great things the Lord hath done for thee’.
(Lk. 8:49, Mt. 28:20) Today, instead of telling the whole city, we can publish
electronically on the Internet to the whole world! Yes, the book’s a bit long but
it’s not to be read cover to cover like a novel. An extensive index allows you to
choose only what’s interesting to you. Hyperlinks will ‘jump’ you there directly and back.
ATTENTION! These jumps don’t work properly if read online (https format). Download to your device and the PDF will work fine!
The first part of the book is how I, an 11-year atheist, found and began to follow Christ. Chapter 6 is our mission call and was our biggest barrier to overcome: ‘Who’d want to support us?’. (Since the book is on our mission website, many mission prospects would have the same question, so pray it will allay their fears and encourage them to step out by faith at the Lord’s call as we did 51 years ago.)
Skeptics will love to jump to the ‘Skeptic’s Fast Tract’ right from page one. Most of the book is in optional appendices especially for skeptics and hardened atheists who would say as I used to, “First show me scientific, mathematical, and logical evidence, then we can talk about the ’touchy-feely’ stuff.”
Last month we recommended a book about the 9-year-old Vietnamese girl who was horribly burned by napalm but 10 years later overcame her bitterness and despair by receiving Christ.
Irene found this even more interesting book, written by napalm girl herself, in a local library!
Your prayers for us are vital to our ministry for the Lord. Thank you! They also motivate others to pray for us. Here is part of a very encouraging note we received from one of my former missionary students from around 40 years ago.

“I was praying for you and your family just a few minutes ago and I am full of admiration for you both for your commitment and loyalty to the Lord’s work. I thank God for you and all that you have done and still are accomplishing and just know you will receive a wonderful reward when you lay down your crowns.”
(I don’t think we’re worthy of all this but we’re so grateful for her continued interest, fellowship, and prayers.)


PRAY — as I continue
testing Phonology Assistant
(PA) for Bible translatorshodges_04-18_EE
in my favorite
place, the quiet JAARS
cafeteria. As I test, I’m
also rewriting the ‘how
to’ manual beside me.
PRAY — Pray I (Tom)
can finish PA testing the
next few months as I’m
postponing risky surgery
on my heart’s aortic
valve. Mortality for this
is from 5-17%. I’m also
overdue for risky leg
vein surgery.
PRAY — A California
church which had $400
of our monthly support
will be forced to discontinue
in June due to
budget cuts.

Might the Lord be calling you
to pick up a portion
of that?
PRAY — for several
dozen witnessed to
and that tracts may
continue to ‘speak’.


Guarantee atheists can find God: ‘And ye shall seek me, and find me,
when ye shall search for me with all your heart.’ (Jer. 29:13)
C H R I S T I A N S    I N    A C T I O N    M I S S I O N S,    I N T ’ L.
1318 E. Shaw, Suite 308, Fresno, CA 93710

Please designate support as:
016 Hodges,
Bible Translation Tech Support

Send us your prayer needs:
Tom and Irene Hodges, 6903 Aerowood Circle, Waxhaw, NC 28173
Irene: ibfluffy@windstream.net Tom: phonetassist@windstream.net


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