Dear Brookwood Tribe,
As we proceed through our Lenten study of the Gospel of Mark and approach the celebration of Easter, I am convicted by Jesus’ command in Mark that “the gospel must first be preached to all nations.” (Mark 13:10). Today, more than 2,000 years after Jesus made this command, there are still over 2,000 people groups who cannot be taught the Word because it does not exist in a form they can understand: there are over 2,000 languages with no written words, and 300 million people with no access to a Bible, in written or oral form, in their “heart” language.
The Adopt-a-Verse Project
Our Brookwood Tribe has an opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission by participating in the Adopt-a-Verse project and paying for the oral translation of the Gospel of Mark into the language of the Majera* people group in Cameroon, Africa. I cannot think of a better way of celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection than to follow His command and provide a way for the Majera tribe members to hear Jesus’ story--the powerful, saving Word of God--in their own language for the very first time.
How can you participate?
By adopting the verses of Mark for translation at $25 per verse. On the next three Sundays, April 7, 14, and April 21 (Easter Sunday), Brookwood will have easels and hanging tablets in the foyer and near the sanctuary displaying the verses of Mark for adoption with blanks next to each verse for you to sign a name. Payment is available by cash or check at the time of adoption or by Venmo payable by Easter Sunday.
Gifts of Verses
Because there are over 600 verses in Mark, we ask that you consider adopting multiple verses, perhaps donating in honor of children, grandchildren, or special friends, and taking home gift cards announcing the donation to place in the mail or Easter baskets. The gift of the Word is better than chocolate and lasts longer! (See Mark 13:31: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”)
You may contact Rosanna in the church office if you would like to adopt verses anonymously or to pre-purchase specific verses; however, to be gracious to our church staff who must perform extra work for pre-purchases, we can only accept pre-purchases of specific verses for those adopting 4 or more.
We look forward to an especially joyful Easter as we anticipate the Majera people hearing, in their language for the very first time, our verses proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Tomb’s empty: what good news to share at Easter!
Chair, Missions Coordinating Team
Chair, Ends of the Earth Team
* Brookwood’s original plan was for a translation into the language of the Bomwali tribe in southeast Cameroon. However, after making first contact in December with that tribe through the help of Above & Beyond monies, our partners learned that the language of this tribe may be similar to that of a tribe in neighboring Congo, where some Bible translation work has already occurred. Rather than potentially duplicating translations, our partners have asked that our Adopt-a-Verse donations go to translations for the Majera tribe in northern Cameroon, where no translation work previously exists.