“Joseph, I wanted to thank you again for everything from this past week. After meeting with you and Tamas and Kalman, I was able to Skype with my father before I flew home. It was great to see his eyes light up when he heard about the Ministry that would be taking place because of men like you who are willing to stand in the gap. This was the last time I spoke with my father, as he went to be with the Lord this evening at 8:30pm. Thank you for helping me to give him that final gift. He spent his entire life in media ministry and he loved to see what God was going to do next.”
We met the author of this letter recently and we offered to help him produce the Roma version of the Hope film in two new languages: the Lovari and the urban (spoken) Roma. A few years ago, we produced the Hungarian version and at this time we would like to reach the Roma in Hungary and also in the surrounding countries, like in Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia. You can pray for this film project, it will affect more than a million people. In the next few months, I will be busy traveling around the country and beyond, meeting with the various participants of this project. I already met several of them and everybody is excited about this new outreach.
In my last info, I was glad to report: “our recently published Student Bible with the notes of Philip Yancey and Tim Stafford became such a success, that it is used not only individually and in the public educational system, but also in the Hungarian Army. All the chaplains and their assistants were provided a copy of the book that they are using in their outreach. It seems that we will have to reprint a second edition before the end of this year.” Well, since only a few hundred copies are left, we had to sign a new contract last week with the printer to reprint the book. Unfortunately, within less than six months, the printer raised the cost by ten percent. But we are willing to go this extra mile, because thousands of new readers are waiting for the new edition. First, we printed less hard copies and more paper back editions. Now, we have to change the ratio. Even the hard-to-convince theologians like the book. I could go on and on to report the readers' responses. Here you can read just a few:
“Although journalists are the authors of the notes of this Bible edition, theologians agree: it does not matter who wrote it or where it has been written, with what kind of degree, the final result is outstanding.”
A well-know authority recommended the book in the following way: “This is an easily understandable good Bible translation, even for the modern man. However, the easy readability does not mean loose, simple style, but it is still literarily rich and has very high standards. The commentaries help a great deal to understand the context and the events connected with the situations, although the Holy Spirit actualizes the text of the Bible in the individual’s life.”
Another opinion: “One of the greatest strengths of this Study Bible is that it leads us to the understanding of the original Bible text. Even the Facebook generation is willing to turn its attention to this spiritual source, because they can find here something that they miss otherwise.”
“We cannot give faith to the people, but we can give them the Bible in an understandable form, which can create faith in their hearts. Although the commentaries were written not by theologians, we should not forget the Bible was not written by professional theologians either” – emphasized a Lutheran theologian.Someone called our attention to the fact that this Bible edition helps to undo preconceived ideas about the God of the Bible. It sheds new light to neglected and misunderstood old stories and opens the way to a new understanding of God’s Word. As you can see from the above excerpts, God continues to perform miracles by feeding the multitudes through His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit and through your continued prayers and support.