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Exchanging Messages across Languages, around the World

October 21, 2020

Readers of Today devotions recently sent messages to devotional readers in China.

Today is part of ReFrame Media, the English-language ministry of Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI).

“When COVID-19 first hit China, I heard firsthand accounts from our Chinese ministry team about how the pandemic was devastating the country and its people,” said Rev. Jeff Bulthuis, managing editor of Today. “So we asked Today readers to send an encouraging message to believers in China.”

“I’ve been amazed at how God has worked since then,” Bulthuis added.

Terri was one of the Today readers to send a message.

“It is so nice to connect with people around the world and share the blessings of our God!” Terri wrote.

“No matter where you are, remember there are others who share your beliefs and wish you much happiness!”

Heartfelt Responses

BTGMI’s Chinese ministry team translated Terri’s message along with 128 others and shared them with more than 200,000 followers of their multimedia devotional postings.

As Chinese-speaking believers read the messages from their North American brothers and sisters, they responded in kind.

“I'm moved by your messages,” wrote Fei. “Even though we don't know each other and have never seen one another, I fully believe that we are family in Christ.”

Herb wrote, “I cried at the sight of your letters, out of love. Only in the love of Christ will strangers from thousands of miles away become a family in Christ that loves one another. I follow the epidemic that's going on in your country every day, and I pray for you.”

For others, the messages from English-speaking Christians helped to break down preconceived notions of the “other.”

“When I was young, many people told me that you were the enemy,” wrote Chengjun. ”But I know you are not. Instead, you are my friends. Now, in Christ, I firmly believe that you are not only friends but also brothers and sisters!”

God has worked in a mighty way through this digital exchange to connect and encourage believers around the world. To sign up for Today emails, including occasional invitations to send messages to other readers, visit this page.