Kiwi-voiced audio Bible now playing!

A new audio Bible read and recorded in a Kiwi voice has been released by Bible Society New Zealand in partnership with Rhema.

Read by Rhema long-time announcer Andrew Urquhart, The Kiwi Audio Bible, took a marathon five years to produce with Andrew recording in weekly slots of four hours at a time. The playing time for the Bible from start to finish is nearly 80 hours. continue reading →

Earthquake strengthens translator’s resolve

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February rattled forest villages and properties in central Papua New Guinea where thousands of people live in the forested highlands.

Joel Peters, Bible Society Papua New Guinea (BSPNG) Translations Officer, reports the earthquake resulted in the loss of more than a hundred lives with thousands of locals displaced and property devastated.

The area is also home to BSPNG translators working on the Yuna Bible translation, one of BSPNG’s most remote projects. Translators in this region lead subsistence lifestyles, and their locally made homes and vegetable gardens were washed away by landslides.

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A labour of love in the Hano translation project

On an isolated Vanuatu island, sisters Colinette and Annie Gaviga are completing the final draft of the New Testament in Hano, the language of the Raga people of Pentecost Island.

Over 20 years in the making, the Hano translation project has spanned generations. The Hano translation project began in 1997, when a Hano speaker, Mark Gaviga, approached John Harris, then Bible Society Australia’s Director of Translation, about the possibility of a Hano Bible translation project. John agreed and soon the Hano project began through the Bible Society of the South Pacific with John as the translation consultant.

That year, in the mountain village of Lavusi, Mark Gaviga, with John’s help, began the Hano translation – eating, sleeping and translating in Mark’s one-room house. Everything was handwritten in exercise books. Mark’s young daughters, Colinette and Annie, were curious onlookers. continue reading →

Bible translation challenges – the Word of our God endures!

In recent months the world has been experiencing a spate of natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, bush fires and volcanic eruptions.

Some of these have impacted translation projects both in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Vanuatu. In PNG a recent 7.5 magnitude earthquake destroyed two translation centres. And in Vanuatu, a volcanic eruption twice derailed the launch of the newly translated Havakinau New Testament. But despite it all, God’s Word endures… continue reading →

Tonga replaces Bibles lost in cyclone

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were recently able to give away 750 Tongan New Testaments to replace those lost in Cyclone Gita earlier this year.

Tonga Children Reading Bible

Tongan children reading their new Bible

The Taulua Bibles (Tongan and English diglot) were distributed to communites affected by the cyclone by Bible Society of the South Pacific, who initiated the project. Some of the Bibles were given to The Holy Immaculate Conception of Mary Primary School in Ma’ufanga, Tonga, where students are allowed to study the Bible as part of the curriculum. continue reading →

45,000 Christmas books distributed in four weeks

Tens of thousands of children will hear the Bible story of Christmas thanks to The Well Good News of Christmas book

In just four weeks, Bible Society thanks to the generosity of our supporters has distributed more than half of the 85,000 copies of The Well Good News of Christmas to children and families around the country.

The response to this campaign to share the Bible story of Christmas has been overwhelming. It’s been fantastic to see so many families, churches and organisations keen to share the story with children in their communities.

There are still 40,000 copies available. The Bible Society is giving these away for free. To place an order, visit the special website.

Kiwi kids find out what Christmas is really all about

This Christmas thanks to our amazing supporters we’re giving away for free 85,000 copies of the Bible Story of Christmas.

The Well Good News of Christmas is a fun and colourful booklet for parents and grandparents to help them pass on the Bible story of Christmas.

Last year, this little book was a run-away success with 3,000 copies flying out the door. Following on its heels was The Super Cool Story of Jesus, with 84,000 copies given away to children around the country with the help of churches and families.

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