The Great Commission Is for Everyone: How Businesses Fuel Bible Translation

The Great Commission Is for Everyone: How Businesses Fuel Bible Translation

December 20, 2019

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If the Gospel of John can transform a headhunting tribe from Northeast India into one of the most educated, successful segments of Indian society, imagine what Bible access can do when it’s available in the heart language of every culture!

Few know this better than Mary Pudaite Keating, who serves as a generosity strategist for Seed Company. Mary’s grandfather was one of the first Hmar head-hunters who gave his life to Christ after the brave Welsh missionary, Watkin Roberts, visited India.

Her father, Rochunga Pudaite, was the first Hmar to receive formal education and then go on to translate the entire Bible. He has since gone home to be with the Lord, but Mary is proudly following in his footsteps—passionately pursuing the gospel and the resources necessary to get it into the heart language of every group still waiting to receive it:

“The Great Commission is for everyone. I don’t care how poor you are. I don’t care if you’re in a hut in Africa or anywhere else. The Great Commission is for all of us, and it’s not just about money. God wants us on our knees, as a unified body of Christ. He wants us networking, growing, and loving one another. It’s all about the relationships!”

Infusing Businesses with Kingdom Purpose and Perspective

As a volunteer for Resource Global, Mary mentors future workplace leaders who want to spread the gospel and transform their companies as well as their communities. She is currently helping Sonia, a young woman from Jakarta, Indonesia, who is learning to run her family’s thriving international corporation.

Mary invited Sonia to a gathering of Bible translation investors in Jakarta, and Sonia invited her dad, who then invited enough people to fill their table! Sonia now sees that the more money they make, the more they can give away. She is eager to infuse her family’s business with eternal purpose and a biblical perspective on stewardship.

That’s another passion of Mary’s. Lately, she has been connecting the Journey of Generosity experience by Generous Giving with Seed Company initiatives. Through informal gatherings, like-minded individuals can focus on encouragement and stewardship, not money. With short videos, Scripture, and stories, a facilitator leads the group to focus on God’s purposes—the heart of generosity.

Mary explains:

“It’s a stewardship thing, another touchpoint on how to walk alongside people and say, ‘If God owns it all, what does that look like? How does generosity lead us to the heart of God, and how is generosity connected to the abundant life?’”

No matter where she is or what she’s doing for “work,” Mary is always in the business of connecting God’s people with his plans. And she’s never at a loss for stories that illustrate how he faithfully sets up those divine appointments: in a restaurant, on an airplane, in an elevator, or even in the restroom.

She knows that when people of influence gather around a mission they are passionate about—specifically, God’s Word available for “every nation and tribe and people and language” (Rev. 7:9)—everything changes.

 

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