One year ago today, I arrived back in the States after saying Hello and Goodbye in 11 languages, ministering to the widows, orphans, poor, foreigners and incarcerated of 11 different people groups over the course of 11 different months.
I was finally in the arms of my family and at peace but still my heart longed for my daughters in Kenya.
Last week as I sat in Basic Christian Doctrine my professor used a photo and story to illustrate to us the importance of contextualizing the gospel.
He told the story of a missionary who was sent out by Wyliffe to translate the Bible into the language of a tribe in West Africa. As he was translating he ran into one word that he couldn't figure out how to effectively translate. That word was Redemption.
After asking several elders the word for redemption in their language, he was still at a loss. He finally realized that he needed to explain what exactly redemption meant in context of what Jesus did for us - that He repurchased us.
One of the elders could now comprehend, "Oh. Every time you see Christ Redeemed just say 'Christ took our heads out'." The missionary was so confused. The elder went on to say, "When slave holders would come, after much bartering we were given chance to repurchase our family members. After paying for them, the slave holders would yell, 'Take their heads out.' See, our family members would be in chains even around their necks.
As I heard this story God confirmed my organization to me. REDEEM With God. As I return to Kenya I want to teach my daughters that Jesus took their heads out of bondage so they can live freely for him. No more will they be identified as victims of HIV, AIDS, FGM, Early Marriage, Abuse, and Exploitation.
Help me offer Ukombozi (Liberation) to these daughters. $10 will purchase at least 1 Bible in the language of these girls. I would like to purchase 20 Bibles. We are in need of money for 18 more. Email Casondra.Radford@REDEEMWithGod.org with your pledge for a Bible.
With your help we can Repurchase Every Daughter by Encouraging and Empowering Moments With God.