By Rhonda Hayward
“They will look on me, the one they have pierced…” “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” “Those who look to Him are radiant and their faces are never covered with shame”
In recent months, God has been hammering out in me a whole new understanding of His mercy, grace, and love. He keeps directing my gaze to the Cross. In gazing, I have been broken and undone. He loves me. Like THAT. And like the four living creatures of Revelation, who covered with eyes, cannot stop gazing at Him, I cannot grow weary gazing at such a Love. Love penetrates my heart and shame falls off. And “Lenses of Love” are given, to see the wounded, hurting ones around me. Seeing with His eyes, I am compelled to ask “O God, living in me, what would you do right here…right now?”
Recently, I was driving, and saw three women walking, holding a gas can. Not just my eyes, but my heart saw them. A quick prayer, a quick turn around, and I picked them up. Listened to their pain, loved and spoke hope to their hearts. I am praying and believing for fruit to result.
We recently returned from PNG. As a result, 13% more of the Tay New Testament was completed as 1 & 2 Corinthians and Hebrews was translated. God willing, the four remaining books will be translated this fall on a return visit. We anticipate typesetting the Tay New Testament next year. Our goal, however, is not to just get a Book printed. We long for transformation of Tay lives and communities. For men and women to see themselves and each other through God’s glasses of grace and love.
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest”. John 4:25
Steve is a Bible translator and him and his wife serve among the Tay language group.