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October 2018【The Production of Arabic Esther】

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, greetings!

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) Unless God’s will works within SOW, it is impossible to accomplish the ministries that we are doing today at different places, including the actions of mission and the production of the Arabic version multimedia Bible study material.

It was 2 years ago when I first met Dr. Kamel at his office. His bookshelves are filled with books that are related to theology and mission and his walls are decorated with pictures that were taken while he was preaching in different countries. Through a friend, he heard about SOW’s multimedia Bible study material, which not only has a clear teaching about the Bible, but also includes the location filming in Israel and middle east where the historical events happened according to archaeological findings.  After viewing the material, he likes it very much and told us that the churches which has Arabic cultural background are lack of these resources and they really are in need of these precious resources. So he is willing to cooperatie with SOW and translate the book of Esther and Ruth into Arabic.

So this is how we started the production of the Arabic version Bible study material. Dr. Kamel’s team has successfully translated every lesson of the study guide and the video script into Arabic within half-a-year. But it was not that easy to find a studio to record Arabic dubbing for the video. Yet, thank God for His provision, we found a Christian professional studio in southern California to accomplish this task. However, we still need to find someone to check the accuracy of the text and the pronunciation. Amazingly, we had a chance to get to know a missionary from Egypt during that time and he was able to check the text in the study guide and the script and pronunciation of the video. After 6 months of detailed review, we were finally ready to publish this material. But then, we faced another difficulty. The DVD manufacturer that has been cooperating with us for a long time could not do the DVD authoring due to the language barrier. Thus, we came to God and told Him what we need. And then God opened the door for us again and helped us to pass through this difficulty.

In the entire process, I experienced how God solved our difficulties through our prayers in faith and how he brought the right co-workers to us. Today I am filled with thanksgiving and praise while holding the Arabic Esther Bible study set in my hands. This ministry has started by the move of the Holy Spirit’s and accomplished by trusting in God’s guidance. This is the first Arabic Bible study set which is produced by Chinese. Although we are still in need of $15,000 for the production fund of the Arabic Esther Bible study set, but I trust that God will provide what we need sufficiently just like how He has led us to accomplish this work. Let’s give glory to God together! Please click on this link below and watch a preview of the Arabic Esther video.

God says in Psalm 2:8, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” It’s the last days right now, the time that we should quicken our paces to spread Gospel to the end of the world. I would like to sincerely invite you to join the ministry of SOW and become a Sowing Warrior. You can be our partner through offerings and prayers. Let us together spread God’s words to the Arabic world and let the 40 million people who walk in darkness to see God’s great light.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Susan Chen
Founder and Lifetime Volunteer
Spring of Water International Ministries

    

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