At the beginning of the current global health crisis many Bible Societies were forced into lockdown and certain aspects of Bible mission were put on hold.
But the pandemic has also helped Bible Societies to respond afresh to the deep need
of the World for God’s Word, by seeking creative ways to continue in ministry.
It has been heartening to hear some stories reaching us from around the world:
The Interconfessional Bible Society of Moldova were concerned about the spread of the pandemic in the country’s central region. Due to the number of infections, some of the villages there had to be sealed off, with no-one allowed in or out.
But with permission from the authorities the Bible Society reached out to these communities with
food baskets, each containing a copy of the Bible. Moved by this act of kindness, the mayor of one of the villages fell to his knees, and with tears in his eyes expressed his gratitude.
The Bible Society of Syria’s bookshops closed recently to comply with lockdown legislation.
The war in Syria is far from finished, many people are displaced, many have lost homes and
livelihoods and a country that is already on its knees because of the conflict is now fighting a new battle with COVID-19.
But in an answer to prayer, during what continue to be dark days for Syria, the annual Easter Bible distribution was given the go-ahead throughout the country. An astonishing 28,000 Bibles and Scripture storybooks were given out and it is estimated that 100,000 children will have been reached by the end of the year.
Here in Scotland we are facing the challenge of Coronavirus too, and like our colleagues in Moldova and Syria we are actively seeking new ways to share the Bible at this unique time. Rev. Andrea Boyes and the Church of Scotland in Durness and Kinlochbervie were thinking similarly, and during lockdown provided practical support to their community by delivering ‘Boxes of Blessing’.
The boxes contained a variety of food supplies, along with a Mark’s Gospel. And to date 280 copies of the Gospel have been distributed and are now bringing blessing to that community!
The Gospel Andrea used is ‘Mark: The Time Has Come’ – a new SBS publication in an attractive magazine format. Our original plan was to distribute these during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe,
but when COVID-19 meant the Fringe was cancelled we began to look at new opportunities.
Perhaps, like us, you are inspired by Andrea’s story? We hope her story makes us all stop to ask – what it would it look like if my church took the Gospel of Mark into the local community?
‘Mark: The Time Has Come’ costs just £1 per copy plus P&P.
To find out more or place an order click here.