What have we been up to?
What does a tattoo artist and a Native American have to do with missionary training in Papua New Guinea...?
In the past month or so, we have done tons of Greek, we have plenty of exciting church news, and we have a couple evangelism stories we would love to share!
Now, I know all that you care about is the tattoo artist, but…first thing is first: Greek!!
Greek is AWESOME!
No, really, I’m serious! It’s so great!
We’re plowing through first year Greek (2 semesters) in four months. Don’t be impressed, anyone could do it. Bill Mounce is an AMAZING teacher. The leadership at Grace Bible Church in Tempe, AZ (https://www.gbcaz.org/) is also SO helpful! They are helping us through the process.
Also, Daniel and I couldn’t learn ANYTHING without our friend and fellow-tribe-mate (Lord willing), Greg Brown. He’s like a humble, undercover genius who can help you with anything. He said he’s going to start a blog soon…so…if I were you…I’d probably read his blog over ours so that you gain more brain cells... 😊
So…what’s one thing we’ve learned from Greek so far? I’m sure you’re dying to know.
I’d say the most important thing I would like to share is that when you can see how Jesus would have said things, rather than in your own American understanding, it’s not only awesome, but it’s so incredible that words can’t express it. Just seeing how John 1:1 proves the divinity of Christ should be enough to make your heart soar!
What else do I have to say before I get to the tattoo artist?
Well…exciting church news…as of tomorrow…Grace Covenant officially votes on us to become members of the church! YAY!
I can’t celebrate yet, (it’s highly probable that they’ll vote for Daniel because of his accent and not on me…kidding…) but, we're very excited to (hopefully) become official members of our church! We have worked hard on the membership process, and we’re so happy to finally have a solid church family that we can attend together and have regular fellowship with!
You will just have to wait until my next post to see if we made it in or not…live in suspense…
Now, for what you really want to hear about – the tattoo artist and the native American!
I will do more for you than just explain to you in words some narrative of evangelism encounters…
I will actually provide videos for you to watch…courtesy of Daniel, because it was his idea and he knows how to use tech stuff WAY better than I do.
We have two videos we would love to share with you. We really encourage you to watch both of them. With genuine sincerity, we pray that God will touch you with what you see.
Please allow me to explain both videos first...
Video #1: Niko the tattoo artist
Here’s a video of a lady who wasn’t in the mood for a conversation about the things of God.
If you’re watching this video, you’re probably thinking, why post a terrible witnessing encounter gone wrong to try to promote yourselves as missionaries?
And, you may have another objection…I didn’t share the Gospel. I didn’t even try.
Didn’t I say in our last post that the Gospel is everything, everything should be centered around it and it alone??
Here’s a principle for you: Law to the proud, grace to the humble.
Another note: God is glorified in the accepting of the Gospel, the rejecting of the Gospel, and in the mere proclamation of the Gospel.
More thoughts: Someone needs to be broken by the fact that they are a sinner (they’ve lied, stolen, cursed God’s Name, made an idol to suit themselves etc.), before they will ever hear the truth of the Gospel. If you don’t understand the disease, you won’t understand the cure. Because of this, we're not going to share the Gospel. We don't want to share with someone the precious news of the Christ, the God-man, shedding His blood for His people, rising again, and living forever to rule and reign for all of eternity, to someone who is just going to laugh it off and find it contemptible.
God knows what He’s doing, because He is sovereign. He shows all of His attributes in His mercy and justice. His mercy in sending souls, deserving of Hell, to Heaven based on the shed blood of Christ alone, with no merit of their own, and His justice in justly sending law breakers to Hell because of their eternal crimes against a holy God.
Here's the video:
PLEASE remember that we're not professional video editors. :)
Video #2: Daniel the Native American
You have to see this video!!
My husband Daniel shared the Gospel through the grace of Christ alone to this eager, searching man with such clarity and humility, that it was moving to be there.
Yes, you understood right, Daniel (my husband, the Australian), witnessed to a guy named Daniel, and it went SO well, that the man flat out told us he wanted to get right with God right then and there.
More thoughts: Did we take this man through a sinners’ prayer, or did we run him through a system of questions planned out that we ask every person to answer? No. We believe it is God who saves, not us, therefore, if someone is truly being convicted by the Holy Spirit, He will save them. All that we can do is do our part to proclaim the whole counsel of God through the Gospel and through prayer.
Please join us in praying for Daniel, for God to truly save him and to grow him in Christ likeness.
Just focus on the words, not on my husband and his gorgeous accent… because he’s mine. 😊
Here's the video:
Do you like the idea of these witnessing clips?
This was not our own idea!!
Please visit Living Waters YouTube for more information on how to share your faith biblically: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmrVJGUS1u5-Hsm_BFS_1YA
Also, if you made it this far, please note that you can always donate to us at https://www.finisterrevision.org/donate/#howtogive.
We would love comments on the videos!!
Contact us with any questions!
A MINISTRY FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL
by Sarah Bruce
We are married!
An Australian, his first time out of the country, married a crazy girl from Detroit.
How did this happen?
Well, it all began with the Lord calling each of them, separately, on opposite ends of the world, in the same way.
Terrible, depraved wretches, the Lord saved both Daniel and I (Sarah) through an understanding of our own sin before a holy God. Daniel and I were convicted of the fact that we were sinned constantly against the perfect, righteous God who gave them life (see Helpful Websites for more info).
I cannot start any blog without showing you how the Gospel impacted our lives, because that is the reason we exist, to glorify God and to share the Gospel to all of Creation.
To make a long story short, and to not bore you with details of our story, I can show you the Gospel, and tell you that the reason Daniel and I are married is because we know our utter helplessness before the just and holy God of the Universe, seeing our lying, idolatry, and lack of loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and all our other sin before us every day.
That is why we have this blog.
That is why we exist – to share with you the hope of Jesus Christ.
Daniel and I could tell you all the details of our relationship, and we could share exactly how we got to Phoenix, but, if I was someone reading a blog, I would not care about all that. I would rather share with you things that matter, things which are of serious consequence, mixed with some light subjects, so that you remember (hopefully) the truths of the Gospel that we are trying to communicate.
With that in mind, I will share a little bit of information just so we do not seem like complete strangers to you.
Daniel and I met through the mission we are training with, Finisterre Vision. You will hear much about this mission if you continue reading these blogs (assuming there will be more soon).
In a nutshell, Finisterre Vision is a mission to the unreached people groups in the mountains of Paupa New Guinea. The name of the mission refers to the Finisterre Mountain Range, and there exists 50 people groups left who have never heard the true Gospel of Jesus Christ (please see Helpful Websites for more info).
Those 50 people groups are full of lost souls who will die, never hearing the Gospel, and they will justly end up in Hell because of their sins against a holy, and righteous God.
Our plan is to go into a tribe, teach the tribal people how to read and write, give them a solid foundation in a chronological teaching of the Bible, giving them the Gospel, and then translating the Bible into their language so they can read the truth of God’s Word for themselves.
The first major step we have taken towards this our missionary training, and in the process of that we got married!
On May 16th, 2020, Daniel and I walked down the aisle to get married.
We walked down an air-conditioned path in a nice, beautiful church, listening to the beautiful piano play sweet hymns. We listened to our pastor give the Gospel and plead with souls to get saved!
Those souls in Paupa New Guinea are not able to have those luxuries, the most important luxury being the Gospel.
With each second that ticked by at the wedding, souls were sinking into Hell. And they are sinking into Hell presently as I am writing this, and they will continue to sink into Hell as you read this.
That is why we are writing this. Please keep listening to our story.
Daniel and I met for the first time in March, when he came to Michigan, his first time in another country. He came just in time, right before the corona virus rocked the world, and the entire world panicked and shut down, showing even more how desperate people are for the Gospel.
Why would someone leave everything behind in their home country to pursue training in missions? Because of the importance of the Gospel.
Not slowing down because of the virus, Daniel and I pressed on with our training through Finisterre Vision, completing currently 95% of the training in a few months, moving to Phoenix (because the executive director of the mission lives there) and starting our lives together, in purity, courting for a couple months, and then getting married only two weeks ago.
Why do we want to have such an aggressive timeline? Because of the importance of the Gospel!
What are we doing now? Sharing the Gospel on the streets in Phoenix, finishing up our training, and becoming members at our church, Grace Covenant (see Helpful Websites). On top of that, we start learning Greek this Monday!
I have mentioned the Gospel quite a bit. Why? Because I (wrongly) assume that, because you are probably reading this in America or some other country like Australia that has religious freedom to some extent, that you know the Gospel.
That is wrong of me to assume that. Let me lay it out for you.
Consider your sin. You will give an account for your every word, thought and action, and we all deserve Hell.
God sent His Son to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect, sinless life as the promised Messiah – God in the flesh – and died on the cross, dying with the burden of our sin on Himself. Then, He rose again, proving Himself to be God. You broke God’s law, but Jesus paid your fine. God can legally dismiss your case while upholding perfect justice. I urge you, repent, turn from your sin, and turn to Christ.
Why would anything else matter?
Thank you so much for reading this!
Check out our wedding video:
Contact us with any questions!!
Daniel and Sarah Bruce are missionaries in training to Paupa New Guinea. Daniel is from Australia and Sarah is from Detroit, MI. They reside in Phoenix, AZ and are pursuing membership at Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ.