Today, 12/12/12, Jill Davis from South Dakota, turns 28 years old. And she has one simple birthday wish: to raise funds to translate 879 verses – the equivalent of the book of John – into the language of the Ehty people of South Asia.
For the last year Jill has been building up to her special 12/12/12 birthday by doodling a Bible verse every day on her blog at www.year27.com. Every day, that is, except for Sundays. Jill set those aside as Silent Sundays to remind us that, for the Ehty people, every day is a silent day without Scripture in their own language.
‘This has had a huge impact on my life,’ Jill says. ‘It’s an opportunity for me to use the gifts and talents that God has given me to honor and glorify him. It’s also made me a lot more consistent in reading my Bible each day. God’s word has really come alive to me this year and that’s what I am hoping will happen when the Ehty people of South Asia read God’s word for the first time!’
There are only about twenty Ehty people who have come to faith in Christ. Some have renounced their faith due to heavy persecution, while others have grown stronger in the Lord during hardship. Imagine what having Scripture would be like for these people.
To give you just a taster of Jill’s art, these are some of our favourite of her doodles from the year:
|5th March – Psalm 118:24
||3rd December – Daniel 2:2-3
|2nd February – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
||19th September – Psalm 9:8
So far Jill’s a third of the way there with 315 verses sponsored! If you’d like to contribute with her to the goal, you can do it through The Seed Company, one of our US partners. Jill’s artwork is also available to buy at http://society6.com/year27. All profits will go to the Ehty translation.
What could you do to bring God’s word to the Bibleless peoples of the world?
This post was originally written for Wycliffe USA’s blog by Angela Nelson. Read the blog here.