Trading spears for the Word



Historically the Long Islanders would jam their spears into the black sand along the coast as a defense against the evil spirits who haunted them.

On June 8–the day this photo was taken–they were armed with a far more effective weapon and a new strategy. This was the day they dedicated the printed and recorded New Testament translated into Arop-Lokep, their own language.

Join me in praying for our brothers and sisters on this beautiful island.

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

(Ephesians 6:10-17 NLT)