Have you ever noticed that American TV and radio station call signs (the four letter identification of the station) start with a W or a K? For the most part, if the station starts with a W it is located east of the Mississippi River. If it begins with a K, the station is located west of the Mississippi. Now, there are exceptions, like WFAA right here in Dallas, but this is the rule the FCC set in place back in 1928. Today, we can easily wonder why there would be the distinction, after all the nationwide broadcasting, cable, and the internet have created partnerships that bridge the broadcasting gaps that were limited by radio and TV frequencies.
To kick off November, we will celebrate some of the strategic partnerships of New Vida through our Faith Promise Celebration and Commitment activities. Each year, we invite families and individuals to partner with us as we partner with missionaries and projects around the world committed to connecting Christ to cultures of all types. These partnerships allow us to be active in the goal of bridging Christ and cultures not only in the DFW area, but around the world.
A number of our partnerships focus on translating the sacred Jewish and Christian writings, a.k.a. the Bible, into the heart languages of various people groups. We support projects of this nature in central Africa, south Asia, east Asia, and Latin and South America. When men and women are able to read or hear the Bible in their heart or first language it helps them better understand God’s great desire for them to be with him.
Other key projects we partner with include those that seek to liberate individuals from the hellish settings or situations they find themselves in. These projects include helping women who have been trafficked into the sex trade; serving refugees from war zones; lifting up children who have been forgotten or neglected; fighting for the lives of unborn children and their mothers; and teaching people a new way of life through local churches. Each of these situations are unique and require the church to build bridges that allow those in these cultures to see that Christ is for them too.
In the US, it’s not uncommon for an evangelistic person to use “The Bridge Illustration” to explain how Jesus serves as the bridge between God and man. This has been a helpful tool to use to explain how sin keeps us separated from God, but in his great love God bridges the separation through Jesus Christ. This is a powerful message. But for many, they will never know the power of Jesus in their lives until the church bridges the gap of language and cultures.
New Vida works hard to bridge the language and culture gaps through our ministry in English and Spanish in DFW. We also work through intentional partnerships that allow us to share in spiritual bridge building around the world. We may not be as powerful as the a national broadcast, cable TV, satellite radio, or the internet, but with Christ’s Spirit at work in us, we can be a part of the greatest unifier of all time.
“Now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ….God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
– Apostle Paul in his letter the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 2:13 & 3:10)