"Has anyone ever told you about the prophecy handed down from our fathers?" Suklinyan asked. "Our fathers told us that white teachers would come into our area and we were to listen and obey their teaching, and we would be able to recognize them because they would know our language."
A strange thrill went down my spine. I turned toward Russell and we looked at each other, speechless. We knew of no other outsider who could speak Tawbuid. Now the reason was apparent for those eight "fruitless" years in the West learning the language. God had it all planned from the beginning, more than 300 years ago.
Leaving home and family, enduring separation from their children for long periods, Russell and Barbara Reed dedicated their entire lives to bringing the gospel to the Tawbuid in the Philippines. Bouyed by the prayers of partners back in the United States, reinforcement workers on the field and God's powerful presence, they persevered to reach the goal.
How might God use you in creating another breakthrough among those who have yet to hear?
This is one of the great stories of God calling a people to Himself. Russell and Barbara Reed finally realize the reason for eight "fruitless" years learning the Tawbuid language. God had it planned from the beginning, more than 300 years ago.