It is always encouraging to hear about the successful work of different Bible Societies around the world and the impact that God’s Word is having on millions of lives.

In South Sudan, Bible distribution has flourished in recent years. In 2015, more Bibles were distributed throughout the country by the Bible Society than in any year since it was founded. Edward Kajivora, Executive Secretary for the Bible Society in South Sudan, has highlighted why he believes there is a need for Scriptures in the country and why there has been such an encouraging increase in distribution.

Before South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, there was a severe lack of Scriptures in the southern parts of the country. It was extremely expensive to transport Bibles to the south and the Bible Society did not have a warehouse there. Due to restrictions put in place by the government, permission had to be obtained in order to send Bibles south; therefore it was extremely difficult for the Bible Society to transport large numbers of Scriptures. Despite these circumstances, it is clear that the thirst for God’s Word has remained strong in South Sudan.

According to Edward, as a result of the internal conflict between the Dinka and Nuer people, which has ultimately affected all tribes, the South Sudanese have been longing for Scriptures in their own language to provide comfort and encouragement during such a difficult time. Feelings of hopelessness and despair have led non-believers to profess Christianity and seek out Bibles to read for themselves. Edward remembers seeing these numbers begin to grow first-hand,

One day as many people came to buy Bibles; the bookseller was shocked and rushed to my office. He said that people who had never bought Scriptures from us were now coming in numbers to buy them. He thought these people had a hidden plan…I asked him to let them buy and whatever they did with the Bibles would come to light.
Edward Kajivora, Executive Secretary for the Bible Society in South Sudan

According to Edward, distribution and evangelism go hand-in-hand. He highlights that with the increase in Bible distribution throughout the country, more and more people are spreading the Word of God within their towns and villages. One example of this, that Edward shared, was when a group of evangelists visited a small village,

There was a stubborn old man who had never been to church. He had heard about Christianity but never about the stories in the Bible, even the miracles of Jesus…The evangelists talked about Jesus and especially his healing power and raising people from death. The preaching touched the man…he started to ask people about which man was Jesus among those who had preached. He said, “From those who were here and talked to us yesterday, I know the sons of the men living in the next villages and the son of the teacher, but whose son is this Jesus…?”
Edward Kajivora, Executive Secretary for the Bible Society in South Sudan

People throughout South Sudan who have never heard the Word of God have become interested in the Scriptures as a result of the increasing distribution throughout the country. Edward highlights that although evangelism is not a specific project of the Bible Society in South Sudan, it arises wherever Bibles are distributed.

Recently a man came to buy a Bible at the Bible House and I asked him, “What are you going to do with this Bible?” His answer was quick and straightforward. “I am going to evangelise myself, my family and others”.
Edward Kajivora, Executive Secretary for the Bible Society in South Sudan

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the people of South Sudan that they will continue to find comfort and hope in God’s Word.
  • Pray for each Christian who receives a copy of the Bible that they may read and understand the Word of God and be nurtured and transformed.
  • Pray for each non-believer or seeker who receives a copy of the Bible, that their heart will be opened to the Word of God.
  • Pray for the Bible Society in South Sudan that their fruitful work will continue to help and encourage the South Sudanese people.