Devotional: Thirsty for His Presence

“And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”

Exodus 33:14-15

Have you ever seen a child cling to his mother and refuse to let go? To his young mind, she represents warmth, comfort, and security. Beyond her arms is a big, scary world. Who knows what dangers could be lurking around the corner? Read more…



Missions History: William Cameron Townsend

 

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.”

-W. Cameron Townsend

In 1917, a young man named Cameron Townsend faced a perplexing decision. A few years before, he had joined the Student Volunteer Movement, pledging to serve in overseas missions. However, World War I intervened, and he signed up to fight the Germans with the National Guard. Matters came to a head when he was assigned to be in two places at once- fighting in France, or giving out Bibles in Guatemala.

What would Cameron Townsend do next?

 

A Difficult Decision

Worried about persecution, Townsend visited the Bible House office and made the excuse of being assigned to France. But the recruiter called him a coward for choosing battle over Bibles. Stunned, the young man wrote a letter to his commander and asked for a discharge. It was granted, and he soon left to spend a year serving in Guatemala.

While there, Cameron saw extreme poverty and utter ignorance of Christ. When he asked the people, “Do you know who Jesus is?” they would often answer, “There is no Jesus who lives in this village. Maybe He lives in the next village.”

 

A Life-Changing Moment

But the moment that would transform William’s life occurred near the end of his time in Guatemala.

One fateful day, he was witnessing to a Cakchiquel native about God’s wisdom and sovereignty.

The native responded, “If your God is so smart, why can’t He speak my language?”

Cameron couldn’t answer him. 

Haunted by that moment, the young man soon dropped out of college and joined Central American Missions. 

He studied linguistics and, twelve years of painstaking work later, finished the translation of the New Testament into Cakchiquel.

 

A Fresh Focus

At this point in his ministry, Cameron realized that missionaries should focus on people groups rather than whole nations. 

In many nations, there were distinct people groups who spoke unique languages—not the standard language of the country.

By 1934, Cameron founded a training camp for Bible translators. He called it Camp Wycliffe. It involved language study, primitive living conditions, and daily schedules.

Within a decade, Camp Wycliffe grew so much that it divided into the Summer Institute of Linguistics and the Wycliffe Bible Translators. 
 

A Multiplied Ministry

For 60 years, Cameron Townsend served in Latin America, leading the work in Bible translation. During his lifetime, Cameron oversaw the translation of the Bible into 100 languages. He also founded the Jungle Aviation & Radio Service to provide safe transportation for remote missionaries. 

Although Cameron died of leukemia in 1982, his legacy continues with Wycliffe Bible Translators today. As of this writing, over 550 language groups have the entire Bible in their language. Even better, more than 1300 language groups have the New Testament in their mother tongue. And the work is still continuing! At our Baptist church in Cape Breton, we are excited to see what God is doing!

Cameron Townsend was an ordinary man with an extraordinary God. He saw a great need, and he sought to meet that need with God’s help. 

 

What About You?

What needs do you see in the lives of people around you? Have you asked God to help you meet those needs? Contact us at our Baptist church in Cape Breton to learn more about serving others!

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Will you serve others as Cameron Townsend did? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com

 

 
AUTHOR BIO: 
Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of ForwardMarketing.ca, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.


6 Marks of a Consecrated Life 

Have you ever tried to shoot a moving target? If you’re a hunter, you know what I’m talking about. It takes skill, determination, and experience to successfully take down a moving deer, rabbit, or coyote. Likewise, in the Christian life, there are certain targets we need to shoot for. We are aiming for nothing less than a holy, consecrated life. What does a consecrated life look like? What targets are we aiming for?
 

Here are 6 marks of a consecrated life.

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