Covid-19 brings new challenges to mission

In response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bible Societies around the world are finding new ways to reach out to people.

Here are a few of their stories.


The Bible Society of Ukraine is providing New Testaments to go with emergency food parcels provided by churches. These will be distributed to elderly people living alone, or to disadvantaged families. It’s been running a daily Gospel video on its Facebook page, which thousands of people have been tuning into under lockdown, with many subsequent enquires about purchasing Bibles.

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Bible for Police launch

The special-edition Bible for the Police, which many of you helped to fund, was launched at Bible House in Wellington on 29th July 2020. 

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Supporter’s update – Covid-19 season

Message from the CEO

Tēnā koutou Friends,

Wherever you may find yourself today, let’s give thanks to our Lord for His undeserved grace and favour we experience. I want to encourage you to find and celebrate just one thing each day that you’re thankful for and celebrate that in giving Him the glory.

Here at Bible Society, we want to take this opportunity to thank you, our partners in mission, for your faithfulness in helping us realise our mission of helping make the Bible accessible to everyone and encouraging interaction with it.

Although we can’t be with you in person to thank you directly, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to watch the short video below; so that I can extend my gratitude to you and share how your support allowed the Bible Society mission to continue throughout the Covid-19 season.

Know that we also remember you in our prayers, trusting God to lead us all through and out of this season.

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Reflections on the promises of God

Our free gift to you

As representatives of God’s Word in Aotearoa New Zealand, during the Covid-19 lockdown, Bible Society New Zealand took an active role to alleviate the growing sense of fear and anxiety many were experiencing across the country.

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Volunteers at work

National Volunteer Week 2020

National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of
over 1 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa, New Zealand. National
Volunteer Week 2020 runs from June 21-27. This year’s theme is ‘Te Hua o te Mahi Tahi – The benefit of working together’. Communities are stronger when they work together.

We feel it is only fitting to take this time to join the rest of New Zealand in celebrating this special group of people since their contribution plays a vital role in enriching communities around the country.

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The Bible Translation Roadmap

An ambitious translation plan

Every journey needs a road map and a Bible translation journey, which is often fraught with pitfalls, is no exception. That’s why the United Bible Societies (UBS), of which Bible Society New Zealand is a member, has launched an ambitious new plan called the Bible Translation Roadmap.

Even though the Bible is now available in more languages and forms than ever before, there are still one billion people who don’t have access to the Bible in their own language!

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Special lockdown message of hope from Tak Bhana

Take the lockdown one day at a time

Tak Bhana – President of Bible Society New Zealand

Lockdown and self-isolation for 28 days. When I first heard the announcement, my mind went into overdrive trying to work out what this all meant and how I and others would handle it. For many people it is very daunting challenging and for some even frightening.

I’m grateful to God that I was drawn to a wonderful passage of scripture found of all places in the book of Lamentations chapter 3: 22-23 through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, Great is Your faithfulness.

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#20 – Covid-19 Bible reflection

The secret of contentment with what we have

Friday, April 24, 2020

Philippians 4:10-13 (NLT) 

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#19 – Covid-19 Bible reflection

Life will never be the same again

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Matthew 6:26-33 (NLT) 

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#18 – Covid-19 Bible reflection