Revelation 3:20 reads, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” Translating that verse was one of the challenges Dr. Ron Binder faced while living among the Wounaani tribe in Panama and translating the New Testament into the Wounaani language. The problem was that the Wounaani had no idea what a door was and what it meant to knock. They had no buildings and lived on platforms without even any walls! Ron and his wife Kathy were faced with the challenge of learning and understanding another worldview, then “contextualizing” the Gospel so that the meaning is clear.
Dr. Binder, now the Southwest Regional Director for Wycliffe Bible Translators, teaches a powerful lesson that helps explain how the beliefs, values, and behavior in a specific culture can be understood. He is just one of the speakers in a 15 week course called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement beginning in August. Other speakers include Larry Walker of Advancing Churches in Mission Commitment (ACMC) and Dr. Len Bartlotti of Frontiers, who formerly lived among the Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an exciting series of lessons exploring the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic perspectives of God's plan for our world. Participants discover what God is doing around the world and consider their part in His plan as a Christian in today’s world.
- · Biblical - God's unchanging purpose for the nations
- · Historical - Expansion and pioneers of the Christian movement
- · Cultural - The Gospel and cross cultural communication
- Strategic - What are “unreached people groups” and why are they so important to complete God's eternal purpose?
Developed in 1974 at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, this cross-denominational course has been offered worldwide. Over 70,000 have completed the course, and there are over 150 locations in the US offering it.
This fall, Evergreen will be hosting one of these classes in the Cafe on Monday nights from 6:45 – 9:45pm, August 20 – December 10 (no class on Labor Day, Sept 3). For more information or to register, go online to www.perspectives.org. For details specifically regarding the class in La Puente, CA contact Josie Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626 377-9258.