Partner Spotlight: Pastor Tom

You make Bible translation happen!

We’ve begun a series in which we ask how the translated Scriptures impact the lives of our partners in Bible translation.

We shared Carol’s story about how Isaiah 8 impacted her life during the birth of her 3rd son (click here to read Carol’s story), Jeanette’s meditations on Psalm 131 and her cancer diagnosis (click here to read Jeanette’s story), Pastor Ed’s reflections on the role of Scripture in the life of a pastor and why he supports our work in Bible translation (click here to read Ed’s story). Today, we share a story from Michael’s father, Pastor Tom.

God remembered Noah

Carol and I were expecting our third child, when we were notified that our health insurance company was declaring bankruptcy and there would be no coverage for his birth.

This was a financial blow, but one we could manage. We worked out a plan with the hospital and doctor.

However, Ryan was born with meconium ileus and required emergency surgery on day three, followed by extensive hospital stays and multiple surgeries during the first fourteen months of his life.

We are honored to have the support of Michael’s parents, Pastor Tom & Carol Aubrey, in the cause of Bible translation.

The first hospital bill was staggering, not something we could manage. Life seemed out of control.

But God used His Word to awaken me to His sovereign care:

The Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes the Lord sits as King forever.

The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

— Psalm 29:10-11, NASB

I realized that God was in control at a time when from the standpoint of man everything was out of control. Reading Genesis 6:1-8:22, I’m certain that Noah had moments wondering if God was in control.

I laughed reading Genesis 8:1. After a 40-day deluge and 150 days bobbing about on the surface of the flood, God remembered Noah.

How did God remember Noah? He remembered by causing the winds to blow over the flood waters for another 150 days. I believe Noah would agree with me.

Life seemed out of control but God had everything in hand. He was ruling over our circumstances during a flood of uncertainty.  I learned to trust God and lean on His promises. His strength and peace were our daily portion.

How does Scripture impact your life as a pastor?

The Word of God is essential to my life and ministry. I need to hear from God for my own spiritual growth. God needs to speak to me from the Scriptures before I stand and speak to God’s people.

If I desire to see God’s people grow in faith and hope, set apart in holiness, and equipped for serving others, then I must preach and teach God’s Word.

God testifies concerning the whole of Scripture:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

— 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV

I find great joy in helping people:

  • Understand what the Bible teaches,
  • Trust what it promises, and
  • Obey what it commands.

Why do you support the work of Bible translation?

Bible translation confirms what God’s Word teaches:

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.

— Romans 10:17, NASB
A man smiles as he reads the brand new Iyo Scriptures for the first time

As a young man, I read ‘Translation Treasures’ printed by Wycliffe Bible Translators. I remember the reports of people hearing the Scriptures for the first time in their own language and weeping for joy that God spoke their language too.

I had the privilege of hearing first-hand reports of God’s work among the Dani people of Irian Jaya,theZapotec of Mexico, and the Himalayan peoples of Nepal.

God continues to call laborers like Michael and Rachel to equip and empower Bibleless peoples to translate God’s Word into their own languages until men and women of every tribe, tongue, and nation hear the message of Christ in a way they can understand. Praise God!”

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When you partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you help:

  • Equip believers around the world with God’s Word
  • Lift up marginalized communities and transform hearts for eternity
  • Grow the Kingdom of God and empower churches for discipleship

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Published by Rachel Aubrey

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