|Child Evangelism Fellowship, Upstate (Spartanburg)||
2019 Fundraising Banquet
Child Evangelism Fellowship had the privilege of sharing Nard Pugyao’s story with Good News Clubs in the Upstate as the Missionary Story in the spring of 2016. Good News Clubs schedule a time within the club to focus on missions. It was during this emphasis we learned of Nard Pugyao and how he came to know Christ as a young boy through a missionary to his village in the Philippines. This Missionary Story was entitled “A Special Job for an Ordinary Boy.” Nard Pugyao was that Ordinary Boy.
Nard Pugyao traces the hand of God on his life through the work of Bible translation. In 1956, Wycliffe Bible translator Dick Roe arrived in Nard’s mountain village of Dibagat in the Philippines. Nard watched Dick learn his Isnag language and begin to translate the Gospel of Mark.
Curious about a God who had power over the spirit world, Nard began to study the booklet. He was shocked to read about an all-powerful God who allowed his son to be killed. Nard shook his fist at God and demanded to know why he hadn’t protected his son. God answered him, “Nard, I did that for you.”
Reading the rest of the booklet, Nard encountered a risen Christ who had victory over sin and death, and he gave his heart to Jesus. Before long, Nard felt God’s call to Bible translation and aviation. In a dramatic story of God’s grace and provision, Nard came to the United States, where he studied Bible and aviation.
After years of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators and aviation training to become a JAARS pilot/mechanic, Nard’s dream was fulfilled on June 24, 1982, when he landed in Dibagat with the first 500 copies of the Isnag New Testament and placed them in the hands of his people.
Thank you to all of our 2018 sponsors, including:
Harley & Anita Gilmore - Silver Sponsor
Dr. Jimmy & Gail Littlefield - Silver Sponsor
Brad Liles, Realtor - Silver Sponsor
Friends of CEF - Silver Sponsor