“Hi Jessica. So, now you are online in Russian! With a funny male voice though! :)”
That news recently came from Erich Salzmann, my new Swiss friend who lives in Ukraine. I heard from Erich for the first time last October. He is the leader of a house-church that was birthed from a gathering of six families. They were urging Erich to share more than just snippets of the Woodland Hills podcasts that were deeply impacting his life. So he gave into the friendly pressure and began translating full sermons from English into Russian. This is remarkable because Erich is a native German speaker, so he translates the sermons from one foreign language into another.
When Erich first emailed me, he explained that his house church wanted to study the topic of suffering. He had already translated Greg Boyd’s sermon titled “Held” from 2008. He wanted to add Greg’s sermon “A Letter to Henry” and my sermon “Triumph by Testimony.” He was writing to ask if I was okay with this.
Um… I think I responded professionally, but inside I was doing cartwheels! How big is our God??? To know that our story of Henry’s loss, and the picture of God that radically impacted our suffering was going to reach beyond English-speaking boundaries brought unspeakable joy!