In Israel, Bible Society is reaching out to refugees by providing Bibles in their heart languages.
One afternoon the Bible Society team arrived at the old Central Bus station in southern Tel Aviv to distribute Bibles. This is an area where refugees often gather.
But whenever the team chose a place to set up their display table, they were chased away by small groups of refugees who didn’t want them there. Finally they found a spot and decided to set up the Bibles on the ground.
Suddenly the atmosphere changed again. They were surrounded by people of all nationalities and religions. The situation became difficult to control. They had to assure people that they had enough Bibles for everyone.
By the end of the afternoon, they had handed out over 800 Bibles and Scriptures in languages including Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Amharic, French and English.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2011.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her familys poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.