Two hundred years ago a missionary named Adoniram Judson came to the country of Burma. His firm intention was to translate the Bible so that the people there could read it in their own language. He had to suffer a lot and work hard to learn the language of this country, which was foreign to him. It was very complicated. After years of hard work, the New Testament was ready. Adoniram and his wife Anne were so happy when they completed the job!
ANNE MAKES A DECISION
Anne and Adoniram’s happiness was fleeting though. When Adoniram had finished translating the New Testament into the language of Burma, he was put in prison for preaching the gospel.
“What will I do with the manuscript of the New Testament?” thought Anne. While she was thinking about it, she buried it in the garden at her house.
One day she had a brilliant idea! She bought a piece of cotton cloth and some pillow stuffing. Then she sat down to sew a pillow. Before she sewed it shut, she put the precious treasure of the newly translated New Testament inside.
A PILLOW HOLDS A TREASURE
Joyfully, and with her new pillow under her arm, she went to the jail to give it to her husband. No one suspected that there was a great treasure in this simple pillow. For seven months Adoniram slept on the pillow containing the New Testament. He was so happy knowing that he was taking care of God’s Word.
After seven months he was taken to another prison. Sadly, he had to leave his pillow behind. But he had faith that God would take care of it. One of the guards found the pillow in a corner of the prison yard. “Who wants an old, hard pillow?” said the guard. He could not imagine the great treasure buried in the stuffing of that pillow.
GOD TAKES CARE OF HIS WORD
But God took care of His Word. A Christian man working in the prison found the missionry’s pillow and took it home. He took very good care of the “old, hard” pillow and put it in a special place.
After some time, Adoniram’s pillow started to come unstitched. Inside the stuffing the Christian man found the precious work of Adoniram…the Holy Bible translated into Burmese. Imagine how happy he was to be able to read the Bible in his own language and share it with others! God had taken care of His Word.
TREASURE IN YOUR HANDS
Today we can easily read the Bible. Most of us have our very own Bible. This is thanks to the efforts of men and women in the past. For some, it cost them many sorrows, imprisonment, and even death.
The entire Bible has been translated into over 450 languages. According to the United Bible Societies, there are Scriptures available in 2,527 of the world’s estimated 6,500 languages. Still, there is much work to do for everyone in the whole world to have the Holy Bible in their own language.
Every time you open your Bible, think of the great treasure that you hold in your hands! Thank God that He gave you His Holy Word.
It’s now 200 years since Adoniram Judson came to Burma. He is one of thousands of faithful servants who have given their life to take God’s Word to those who don’t have it. There are people today, all over the world, still working hard to get God’s Word translated so that everybody will be able to read it in his/her own language. Let’s pray for these faithful servants!
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