Afghan Christian Shares the Ancient Path

Ilyas was in a refugee camp, surrounded by other displaced people from Afghanistan. In the camp, he could share his beloved Gospel but desired to dive into the ancient connection between God’s big story and his biblical people group. Ilyas found The Ancient Path booklet online, which helps explain that Jesus is not a Western God, and began translating it immediately to use with his fellow Afghans as He shared the Good News.

Ilyas* was in a refugee camp, surrounded by other displaced people from Afghanistan and several others.  He realized that in the camp, he could share his beloved Gospel but desired to dive into the ancient connection between God’s big story and his biblical people group.  He had no tools, no way to explain that his faith was as old as the earth.  

Ilyas did have a laptop.  In his former professional capacity, he was a translator for Bible literature from English into his mother tongue.  Searching diligently every day, Ilyas wanted to find something to help explain that Jesus is not a Western God, that Christianity has ancient roots, and that the Bible is a book for all.  

One day his search turned up a link to a booklet called The Ancient Path.  Ilyas was overjoyed.  This was exactly what he was looking for—a chronological summary of the Bible with an introduction. It explained that even the holy book of the majority people says the Bible is a worthy book.  

He began translating immediately. Ilyas had no idea that this book was distributed by the same organization that was feverishly working to get him and his family (several other families) out of the camp and to North America.  

The Ancient Path traces the story of the beginning of the world, the reason for death, disease, and cruelty in the world, the faithfulness of the Creator God to restore what was ruined, and the coming of the One who provides the only way for mankind to once again be in a right relationship with the God of creation.  

This Gospel booklet is now translated into more than 75 languages, including the mother tongue of many unreached people groups who are not likely to ever have a complete Bible in their heart language. 

Not all the languages are available online, but you can find many languages of the people groups that are some of the least reached in downloadable pdf form on the Live Global Website.  

Bev

John and Bev have served in SE Asia for over 20 years. John's book The Ancient Path is widely used as a tool to overcome the objection that Christianity is a western religion. The ministry of The Ancient Path is directed to unreached people groups (UPGs)- groups with little or no scriptures in their mother tongue. Your gifts support the projects in evangelism and church planting of national believers with a passion to go to "those who have never heard". Romans 15:20-21