Asbury Church has been supporting Charlie and Kathy Lehardy as missionaries for decades. For more than 30 years, they have faithfully served as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Mexico. Through their efforts, the Lehardy’s are engaging in relationships where Christ transforms.
Although there are over 250 languages spoken in Mexico, the majority of Mexican native languages were never written until Wycliffe began working in the region. Indigenous people had no access to Scripture or books of any kind. To encourage literacy and introduce people to the Bible, Wycliffe missionary translators hold several workshops each year. As an oral language culture, these young people grew up hearing a wealth of stories from their parents and grandparents which have been passed down through the generations. Now, the workshops allow students to begin the work of recording those valuable stories while teaching literacy, sentence structure, punctuation and communication skills. The pictures you see here were taken recently when 28 students participated in one of Wycliffe’s inspiring workshops.
This slow, arduous work by Wycliffe and Charlie and Kathy demonstrates the value they place on the natives who have been overlooked for hundreds of years. It also confirms the lengths they will go to ensuring every last person has access to God’s word in their own language, giving them the ability to read and understand it. Translators spend years building relationships and learning native languages so they can provide Bibles, which, in turn, are used teach people to read and introduce them to God.
A note from Charlie – “Thank you, Asbury, for your faithful support of our ministry in Mexico. Thank you for all you are doing to support the work of Bible translation.”
Your generous donations help support the work of these faithful missionaries and others. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters all over the world!