Just One More! Maybe….!
If you ever hear Yvonne say, “This could very possibly be my last trip,” just look deep into her eyes. You will see the truth there! Chances are there will be another trip! Oh, verbally, she will declare it again: “This could very possibly be my last trip!” But God…. In His love for the people of a restricted Asian country and with the passion and strength He continues to give to Yvonne, her FIFTIETH trip is being scheduled.
A lot of news is coming out of that country—news of a renewed tightening down on Christians and Bible delivery.
(When will they ever learn? Learn that persecution purifies and strengthens the Church. Yes, in the ‘90s and into the 21st century, affluence adversely affected the church. There is an inverse relationship: With materialistic affluence comes the cooling of purity and zeal in the church. And visa versa.)
But now, with persecution on the rise, the Church is rediscovering its mooring in the Word of God. It is interesting that God reveres His Word even above His Name. (cf. Psa 132:8)
So, again, Yvonne and her team will wing their way to Asia. They will work with an organization equipped to help accomplish the goal of delivering His Word to the millions of believers who are asking for it.
A recent article posted by Voice of the Martyrs, June 13, 2017:
Bible Smugglers Arrested
In May, several men split into three small groups to cross into the mainland. With bags stuffed with Bibles, they timed their entries 20 minutes apart to increase their odds of getting copies of God’s Word into the communist country.
The final group and a member of the second group, however, were stopped by customs officials in one of the cities, while on their way inland. The men were detained for 10 hours and, after being questioned by 50 officials, were banned from the country for three years.
The men, plus another Bible smuggler not tied to their organization who happened to be crossing the same border at the same time, were interrogated for six hours. Officials confiscated everyone’s Bibles and other Christian materials.
“These books are forbidden here,” one official said, pointing to the Bibles. “They are foreign-published.”
Since opening in 1987, the country’s only government-approved Bible printer, has printed more than 115 million Bibles. However, about half of these Bibles are for export. The relatively few that remain in country are sold by the official government churches. Even so, that press alone cannot meet the citizens’ demand for the Bible, as Bibles wear out and as new people become believers.
During the men’s detainment, most of the 50 officers looked through the materials and flipped through the Bibles. Many officers wore body cameras and recorded everything. At least two officers remained with each worker and monitored their every move — even while they were in the restroom.
The smugglers had to sign a paper admitting they broke laws regarding Bible smuggling and each paid a small fine. They were then transported in police vehicles to the district police office, where they were held for another four hours while officials processed their passports. Once finished, they were forced to sign deportation papers and were told they are not allowed back into the country for three years. Armed police officers and undercover agents then drove them to the border and made sure they boarded a bus out of the country.
One smuggler said he only felt love and forgiveness for the officials involved during the ordeal.
“I felt bad for them because they didn’t realize they were barring the one thing from their country that would bring good news and hope and truth to them,” the man said. “The love that I experienced for these officials was the same love that sent Jesus to the cross, and the same love that caused him to cry out: ‘Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.’”