James Fraser was a missionary to China in the early part of the 20th century. He left behind a life of promise and comfort, travelled to the mountains of southwest China, to reach out to a people group who had been routinely subjugated.
This short trailer, for OMF*’s film Breakthrough, provides an introduction to Fraser’s life:
Fraser initially had very little response to his work. It wasn’t until six years after his arrival in China, that the breakthrough came: in the space of four months, 600 Lisu people turned to Christ. In 1916 and 1917, he baptised 60,000 Lisu believers. He worked with them until his death, on this day in 1938.
Despite living in one of the hardest places to be a Christian, faith among the Lisu people of China is still flourishing. Of the 850,000 Chinese Lisu, 80% claim faith in Jesus. In 1986, the first complete Bible was published in their language. But the script looks strangely unusual for the part of the world where it is read – they still use a roman script based on the one Fraser developed almost 80 years earlier.
In at least 2,000 languages around the world, there are neither Bible translations or a script. Wycliffe Bible Translators are working with partners to write the languages and to make the Bible available in them, to share the love of God with people throughout the world. Get involved with God’s work of Bible translation.
*OMF International: omf.org.uk