The BIBLE changes lives
Millions of people around the world do not have access to the Bible but long to have a copy of their own. The Bible-a-month Partnership is a commitment by the Scottish Bible Society to twelve different projects each year where Bibles or Bible-based resources reach those who need and want them.
In 2018, our Bible-a-month Partners prayed and gave generously to projects around the world. Here are some updates on just a few projects that you have helped support last year:
Thanks to your support over the past year, the Bible Society of Namibia have begun translating the Bible into the Oshikwanyama and Oshindonga languages. The translation team have finished the Gospels and are progressing with other books. An engagement workshop is planned with pastors who will help to develop Bible Study materials from the book of Mark. The focus will be on youth, the target group of the new Bible translation.
When Loe (pictured) received a Bible and read it for the first time, she thought ‘This is the story of Jesus!’ and was excited to read about his miracles. “When I am afraid or lonely or stressed, I read the Bible and feel comforted. I have read all four Gospels and am reading Genesis now. I give thanks to God for the people who help me to go to school, know God and have a chance to study the Bible. May God bless them.”
Thanks to your support, a further 3,500 Bibles have been produced and are ready to be distributed to police in Honduras, the most violent country in the world. A meeting was held at the Police Technological Institute with pastors, leaders and volunteers supporting Bible studies in police offices nationwide. Leaders and volunteers continue to run the Prisoner’s Pilgrimage Programme. At the end of the programme, prisoners receive a diploma and a Bible. More than 1,500 prisoners have graduated nationwide, with many lives changed thanks to this project.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Providing Bibles for China’s millions
The demand for Bibles in China is huge. The majority of Christians in Mainland China live in rural areas, and most of them, earning less than $2 per day, are not able to afford to purchase a Bible.
Since 1987, 80 million Bibles have been printed and distributed in China. United Bible Societies’ China Partnership reaches out to an estimated 40 million Christians with heavily subsidised, or quite often free, Bibles.
Pray for each person that receives a copy of the Bible, that as they read the Word of God, they will be nurtured and transformed. Pray also for continued permission to print Bibles each year in China.
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