Sharing the real meaning of Easter with Kiwi kids

Bible Society wants to share the story of Jesus with 100,000 Kiwi kids this Easter!

“This is a huge opportunity – one that could have a remarkable impact on thousands of Kiwi children in 2018. It’s the chance to get the story of Jesus into the hands of children who may never have heard this story before,” said Bible Society Programme Director Stephen Opie.

The Super Cool Story of Jesus is a creative little child-friendly book. It tells the story of Jesus’ life, including the Easter events, in playful, rhyming language with fun pictures.

Award-winning children’s author Joy Cowley says the illustrations in the book are “stunning.” She goes on to say, ”It’s such a pleasure to see the story of Christ Jesus in a multi-cultural context, beautifully designed. These illustrations will appeal to children, enhancing a message of love and light.”

Passing on faith

“We really pray this resource will help kiwi children understand the true meaning of Easter and that parents, families and friends will engage with passing it on to the next generation,” said Stephen Opie.

Parenting expert, co-founder of the Parenting Place and also founder of Faith4Families, Mary Grant says, “Of all the ways we care for our children, it could be said that, for Christian parents, passing on our faith is the most important.

 “We are the ones who can pass on the wonderful Jesus story and the truth about the God who ‘does stuff’. Not just by living it but by talking about it at every opportunity, and when our children are most receptive.”

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The Super Cool Story of Jesus is available to anyone. Churches are encouraged to use the book for programmes, events and activities where they have children who may not know the story of Jesus. Bible Society will also be working with partner organisations to get free copies of The Super Cool Story of Jesus to families, with a special focus on reaching families in less favourable circumstances.

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The growing demand for Bibles in Africa

Christianity is growing rapidly in Africa. It’s estimated that by 2060, more than one in four of the world’s Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa.

With this church growth has come a corresponding growth in demand for the Bible.
To help in this task, we’ve pledged to support the Bible Societies in Tanzania and Uganda as they aim to share the hope of the Bible with as many people as they can.

 

Bible benefits Maasai children

This little boy is just one of the children to recieve a Bible from the Bible Society in Tanzania.

Sara Lepilal is a Maasai school girl. She is one of only five girls in her village who has reached primary school because, in the Maasai culture, education for girls is not valued.

Through Bible Society Tanzania she received a Bible.

On a recent visit to the area, Edward Kamwela from Bible Society Tanzania found Sara reading the Bible to 12 other non- school children. Not only was she reading them the Bible, she was dramatising the stories of the Good Samaritan and Zacchaeus.

Sara loves the Bible and told Edward, “I am very happy to own a Bible in my heart language. I understand it. In reading God’s Word, it has changed my life for the better and has influenced my friends both at school and at home.

About Tanzania

Population: 53 million
Christian: 61%
Children/youth 0-14 years: 45%

Bible Society General Secretary: Mkunga Mtingele

“Thank you for your generous and invaluable support of Scriptures for children. We don’t have adequate words to express our gratitude, but God the Father who dwells in heaven can see our hearts.” Mkunga Mtingele

“I got to know about Jesus through weekly religious classes at school, where the teacher taught us many Bible stories. My father was not literate but he was proud of my progress at school. My father allowed me to gather other children at our home to share with them about Jesus. To motivate them he gives them milk from our cows.

Another reason girls from the Maasai culture don’t complete an education is the dowry system. Sara explains, “There was a time when my father’s friends approached him to hand me over for marriage, promising to pay many cows as dowry, but my father refused. He has promised me that he will support me to carry on my schooling.”

Sara is just one of thousands of children Bible Society Tanzania wants to reach with the Word of God. They aim to distribute 60,000 Swahili and diglot (two language Bibles – English/Swahili) children’s Bibles throughout Tanzania, where children make up 45% of the population.

Can you help bring the Bible to children in Tanzania by making a donation to this important work?


Tanzanian Sunday school kids love Jesus!

Aggrey Alfred is a Sunday school boy in Tanzania who recently learned the Bible story of Joseph.

Then one day someone dropped their wallet while driving a motorcycle and Aggrey picked it up. The wallet contained an identity card, bank ATM cards, and 10,000 Tanzanian Shillings (about $6.50).

Aggrey gave the lost wallet to his teacher with everything in it, including the money. When Mary, his Sunday school teacher, heard about this she asked him how he learnt to be so honest.

Aggrey replied, “I want to be like Joseph from the Bible. He was an honest person and God fearing. As a result God made him the Prime Minister of Egypt. By being honest, one day God will make me the Prime Minister of Tanzania and enable me to help my brothers and sisters during famine times.”

Atupakisye (in the middle of the picture above in yellow blouse) says, “I thank God for providing me and the rest of us with Scriptures. We thank the Bible Society of Tanzania for the gifts. The Bible is very good with beautiful pictures of Jesus. I love Jesus very much. He is so merciful, he brought Jairus’s daughter back to life.”

Aggrey is just one of thousands of children Bible Society Tanzania wants to reach with the hope of the Bible and, like Aggrey, impact their lives for good. You can help by making a donation today.


A Ugandan woman receives a brand new Bible from the Bible Society.

A Bible in every Ugandan hand

Uganda is a country full of God’s people – 84% of the population is Christian. But many of them are without the Bible.

“The Bible is a book people crave for,” said the Bible Society of Uganda CEO, Peter Mukhama, who wants to get Bibles to everyone in his country. Most importantly, he wants the Bible to be in everyone’s heart.

The need for Bibles is urgent in Uganda because of the large Christian population as well as the high levels of poverty.

“Close to 50% of the population attend church but many of them cannot afford a Bible at the current price,” said Peter.

“Church leaders are continuously requesting low-cost Bibles as much of the population is poor and struggling to provide for their own needs. Church leaders say they are challenged to maintain congregations where many young people don’t have a Bible,” said Peter.

About Uganda

Population: 39 million
Christian: 84%
Children/youth 0-14 years: 49%

Bible Society General Secretary: Peter Mukhama

“On behalf of the Bible Society of Uganda thank you for partnering with us and helping support this initiative. This is a project we are passionate about and trust that, with growing church numbers, the availability of a Bible will help Ugandans engage better with their Christian faith. To you our dear friends in New Zealand, know that your labour in the Lord is never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).  May the good Lord bless and reward you as you serve God.” Peter Mukhama

“Once the price is as low as possible, around two dollars, more people will be able to access the Bible.”

And while in the developed world many young people have the option of accessing a digital copy of the Bible, in Uganda the power supply is too unreliable to use the internet. “The printed Bible remains the most popular option for youth, who are mostly in the poor rural areas,” commented Peter.

The Bible Society of Uganda has noted the need, longing and desire of young people to own a Bible. You can help them by making a donation. Your donation will ensure more Ugandans are able to have a Bible.

 


African Christians are calling out for Bibles, the need is great. You can help bring Bibles to people in Africa by making a donation to Bible Society. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation using our secure form.

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Words of Wisdom for Gulf States students

The Bible Society in the Gulf is providing biblical guidance for students through its newest publication

Wisdom from the Bible for Students targets senior high school students and those in the first year of university, as they transition from the shelter of home to a more independent environment. It points them to God to whom they are ultimately responsible and to help them make wise decisions and choices based on principles outlined in Scripture.

The booklet, printed in English, emphasizes the truth of God’s Word as the basis to view oneself, others and the world they interact with. It encourages students to put God first and to adopt biblical principles as the standard to withstand the assault of post-modern values that they are exposed to through technology and culture.

“If our students are well-grounded in God’s Word, they will have the moral courage to face the challenges and situations they will encounter with God’s help.”
Hrayr Jebejian, General Secretary of the Bible Society in Gulf States

5,000 copies have been printed in English for distribution in churches in the Gulf. The demand for this book has been so great that the Bible Society will have to print thousands more very soon.

Most of the books have been ordered by pastors, Sunday school teachers, parents, and students, with many going through churches in Kuwait and the UAE cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, and Dubai. Feedback from teachers, Sunday School teachers, and students who have read the book has been extremely positive.

“After reading the booklet, it made me love and value the Bible even more, seeing how everything could be drawn from this well which quenches your thirst and satiates your hunger.”
UAE student

One church leader commented, “I would like to give this to all my class students. Normally young people these days prefer to watch videos to reading books. The style of writing in this booklet draws the reader to read more. It stretches one’s imagination and challenges them to think for themselves and to consider what the Bible says.”

Story from the Bible Society in the Gulf States.

 


Christmas at Ian and Mary Grant’s house

Parenting experts Ian and Mary Grant are inspiring and encouraging families throughout New Zealand with their best-selling books, seminars and programmes. The couple, married for 42 years with 8 grandchildren, founded The Parenting Place. More recently Mary set up Faith4Families and Ian founded Fathers Who dare Win. For their work with families and youth Mary has been awarded the Queen’s Medal and Ian, the Queen’s Service Order, as well as being named Senior New Zealander of the Year in 2013. The list of achievements for this dynamic couple are too numerous to list.

Today, Mary draws back the curtain on a Grant family Christmas, offers some sage advice on passing on faith to the next generation and shares about their love of the Bible.

Christmas Eve

When our children were young, Christmas Eve was our special time, a quiet, yet magical few moments as a family in anticipation of the following day. The Christmas tree would be lit, children in their pyjamas with pillowcases hung on ends of beds. We would turn down the lights bring out the sparkling grape juice, the Christmas mince pies and the Bible story book. As we ate and drank by candlelight, we would share our year’s best memories, and then read the Christmas story. We’d each pray, thanking Jesus for coming and what he meant to us, before heading to bed.

A love for the Bible

Both Ian and I had parents who were first generation Christians and gave us a love for the Bible. I remember family prayers, readings around the dinner table, Bible picture books, Bible stories, favourite Bibles and Sunday school exams, where we learnt whole books of the Bible and were quizzed on them. Ian’s earliest memories were learning a daily Bible verse from the promise box in the middle of the table.

Our love for God’s word didn’t waiver over the years and I think it was to do with our parents’ genuine faith and enquiring minds, which they encouraged in us. We enjoyed vigorous family discussions, they read widely and as we grew older, talked about difficult questions and the reliability of the Bible, but most of all they had a living faith. They believed God was faithful, read their Bible, lived by it, and included us in it all.

And now as retirees Ian and I still keep up the tradition of reading through the Bible each year via a morning reading and prayer time together.

“Passing on faith to the next generation is a message still close to our hearts and one of our life passions to help parents do this in a contagious and natural way.”

Bible engagement resources

We are blessed to, these days, have many different resources, including some wonderful publications put out by Bible Society.  The free Christmas booklets and the beautiful book The Well Good News of Christmas are a gift to our families and such delightful resources to have around the Christmas tree to read to the children leading up to the big day.

God tells us to engage our children with eternal truths, not just at church when they are sitting down with their arms folded, but during the relaxed family times, when we are out walking, at bedtime, in the car and at mealtimes.

Deuteronomy 6 says … These commandments…. are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” And Psalm 78 exhorts parents to teach about God’s mighty deeds and his statutes…’ so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.’

Passing on your faith at Christmas

“Of all the ways we care for our children, it could be said that, for Christian parents, passing on our faith is the most important.”

We are the ones who can pass on the wonderful Jesus story and the truth about the God who ‘does stuff’. Not just by living it but by talking about it at every opportunity, and when our children are most receptive.

Luckily for us, kids usually love anything special you do as a family so traditions are a great way to teach, and Christmas is one of those.

In fact, according to Dr Curt Thompson, traditions create hope. The memories from enjoyable traditions release endorphins or “feel good” hormones, and the anticipation of these recurring traditions wires us to become stronger and more hopeful people.

Even if you haven’t experienced them in your own childhood, you can start traditions of sharing God’s story for your own kids. Children love the familiarity of traditions, as well as knowing they are part of a bigger story.

Parenting tips

I once asked our children what their best childhood memory was and they all agreed it was the family time each morning around the breakfast table. Ian would read from Kenneth Taylor’s Living Bible Story Book, and ask the two or three questions at the end. The children would share anything they were concerned about and we would pray together before they left for school. There were always a few fun questions thrown in by Ian and the children left the house buoyed for the day.

Because as a young parent, I struggled to find resources for family times centered around the Bible, I have spent my retirement years writing a resource faithbox with Rev Nikki Watkin. This is a weekly family time in a box based on surprise, fun and family sharing sequentially teaching through the Bible. It is geared to be used during that window of opportunity we have in the primary school years.

A current project is now Family Faith Talk Trigger cards. These are designed to keep the conversation going children get older and tackle some of the bigger questions.

Ian and Mary Grant

For more Christmas resources available from Bible Society, you can download our Christmas catalogue here.


2017 Christmas resources run out the door!

More than 3,000 families throughout New Zealand will be sharing the well-good news of Christmas with their children this year.

Bible Society’s free booklet The Well Good News of Christmas has literally run out the door. Families and individuals snapped up the special offer of the free book which saw all 3,000 copies given away within three weeks.

“The response to our offer of a free book about the Christmas story has been overwhelming. We were inundated with orders and the feedback we got once people recieved their free book was very encouraging,” Bible Society’s Stephen Opie said.

Bible Society is committed to reaching young people and children with the message of the Bible and helping resource parents and families to pass on their faith to the next generation.

Here are some of the comments we received from delighted recipients…

“Thank you very much. The children love it, and it has been a wonderful blessing.”

“My copy for my 6-year-old arrived yesterday. I am going to put it in his Christmas box. Thanks so much – it’s a beautiful book.”

“Thank you! Love the illustrations and poetic wording.”

“Thank you so much. My kids love it and have already read it.”

“These books are wonderful for our community children who come to church each Sunday.”

“I would really love one for my granddaughter becuase I can’t find good books about Jesus on her level.”

“Love it for my moko.”

In addition, Bible Society’s annual Christmas leaflet for children, this year called Escape to Egypt, was also a great success with churches and individuals throughout New Zealand quickly snapping up the 90,000 free copies available.


The year in review – thanks for your support

In the lead up to Christmas, it can be useful to reflect back on the year that has passed. Often it’s through this process that we see God’s faithfulness, protection and provision in our lives. And as we look back over Bible Society’s year, we certainly can see how God has continued to be faithful, generous and gracious in enabling us to help make the Bible, New Testament and Scripture portions available to people all over the world.

Daniel Ramirez and his new Bible.

We want to say ‘thank you’ because through your partnership you’ve helped share God’s love and the hope of the Bible with thousands of children, young people and adults in many different countries, including here in New Zealand.

So, as we approach the end of another year of Bible mission, we want to share with you again some of the stories, projects and people that have been impacted for good through your prayers and generosity. There’s drug addict Zhang Tao living in China, whose life was in crisis. He said, “Without the Bible, my life would not be transformed at all and I would still be living in my past pain and struggles.”

Daniel Ramirez from Uruguay, who was lonely and grieving, was seeking solace. “I only find comfort and company from reading the Bible,” he told staff at the Uruguay Bible Society upon receiving his free Bible.

And then there’s Ruth (one of eight million orphans in India), who, through the prayer of a missionary, gained a place in an orphanage a few years ago and received her first Bible from the Bible Society in India. Today she likes to study and read the Bible, and wants to be a nurse.

Here are some of our highlights from the year…


HOPE FOR NEW ZEALAND PRISONERS

“Much of this work (prison chaplaincy) would not be solid without the imperishable Word of God being placed in these men’s hands. We would be building on a foundation close to wood, hay and rubble. Please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your generosity. It is without a doubt changing their lives.” Rev. Viliame Tuisoso, Prison Chaplaincy Service of Aotearoa New Zealand

James Williamson of Bible Society holds up the special edition of the Gospel of Luke.

Thanks to your support, more than 3,300 Bibles, New Testaments and portions have been distributed to prisoners in New Zealand (figures from January to September 2017). This year a ‘new reader’ programme was developed for prisoners, to help them understand more about Jesus through the Gospel of Luke. This special edition of the Gospel of Luke includes the story of Tārore as written by Joy Cowley. An accompanying study booklet helps prisoners dig deeper into Luke’s Gospel and draws on themes from the Tārore story such as forgiveness and reconciliation. This programme has been successfully trialed in three prisons so far.

BIBLE MONTH – HELPING
ORPHANS IN INDIA

 

Orphans like these girls have received Bibles and school packs.

During Bible Month (July), you generously provided funds for children’s projects in India. Thanks to your support, $57,500 was made available to bring the hope of the Bible to children there.

Your gift provides children’s Bibles and other items (shoes and school books) for children in Christian orphanages,
and it gives children the tools they need to engage with the Bible. Through this work, many young lives will be impacted with a first-time introduction to Jesus through the Bible.

Jeremy Woods of Bible Society with the 2017 youth edition of the Gospel of Luke.

SHARING THE EASTER STORY WITH YOUTH

Your ongoing support has enabled Easter Camps to receive free custom made Bible resources since 2011. This support continued in 2017 with a special new edition of the Gospel of Luke. The 2017 Easter Camp edition features chapter summaries to help youth understand what they’ve just read, reflection sections to encourage Scripture meditation and prayer, and also study questions for youth groups. You enabled us to give away more than 10,000 copies of the Gospel of Luke to Easter camps nationwide.


Our year is not quite over – this Christmas we’re again making available resources to help people and churches pass on the real Christmas story to as many young New Zealanders as possible. We’ve enclosed for you a copy of a new Christmas leaflet for young children – some 80,000 will be provided without cost to churches and other organisations. Feel free to share this leaflet with a child in your life.

As you can see, God has done great things through your generous support of Bible Society. I invite you to continue to journey with us on what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2018! We have some great plans and look forward to sharing those with you soon. In the meantime, would you consider making a gift to help bring the Bible to Kiwis and others around the world this Christmas?

From all of us at Bible Society New Zealand – have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed and special time with your family and loved ones.

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BIBLICAL RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Children and adults alike from Kiribati and Tuvalu in the South Pacific are delighted to have Bible comic story books in their own language for the very first time. The Abraham Bible story comics are part of Bible Society’s ongoing mission to reach people in the South Pacific with the Bible in their heart language.

This happy group from Kiribati have received Bible story comics. Also, thanks to your generosity this year, 1,000 Fijian New Testaments, 1,000 Niue Bibles and 10,000 Good News Bibles were distributed to people in seven Pacific countries, including
communities still affected by the devastation of Cyclone Pam.

 

 

 


Thai Study Bible will be the first of its kind

Thailand Bible Society’s (TBS) soon to be published new Thai Study Bible will be the first of its kind and sought after by the Thai church.

While there are other Thai Study Bibles on the market (translated from English), this TBS edition will be unique because of its Thai perspective and impartial stance on biblical interpretation, reported Dr. Pattemore (in picture, far right).

Thailand is a country with a high standard of education, and a growing Christian population. For many years now TBS has been working to produce a high quality Thai Study Bible.

Dr. Pattemore supports a team of TBS staff and biblical scholars who are writing notes designed specifically for the Thai context – not translated from another Study Bible. This has been a long and arduous task, but it’s nearing the point where the end is in sight.

UBS’s Paratext software enables Dr. Pattemore, who is fluent in Thai, to read and interact with the notes and the team of writers from wherever he is in the world. But opportunities to meet face to face and talk through theological and social issues are important too, he said.

Will you prayerfully consider how you can help support Bible Society’s translation projects by making a gift today?

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The Bible treasured in Papua New Guinea

“In Papua New Guinea the Bible is a huge treasure. It’s like you’ve given them a gift from the moon.”

“They walk around carrying their Bible in a special bag, like a priceless gift. They do this even when the pages are worn and ragged around the edges and falling apart.”

This is the observation of Salvation Army Commissioner Yvonne Westrupp, who has just returned from three years serving in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Joel Peter is Bible Society of Papua New Guinea’s (BSPNG) Translations Manager. He works to support Bible translations in nine languages. In his spare time he works on the translation of the Old Testament into his own Molima language. He says having the Bible in a people’s heart language is critical.

He says the translated Word of God helps his people understand God’s message of salvation and they can respond with faith because it grabs the heart of people.

“My people are glad to have the Bible written in our words, which is the most precious treasure we have.”

Joel says there is still a huge and growing spiritual hunger for the Bible in PNG. “There are many young people giving their lives to the Lord who are without Bibles. Churches, particularly from Milne Bay, are sending numerous requests to BSPNG asking for Bibles in Tok Pisin, Dobu and, of course, English, but Bible Society is unable to meet their needs.”

Joel has a message for you.

“We are so thankful for you and your continuous support of Bible translation in PNG. We are seeing lives changing. The ministry of Bible translation is a huge responsibility in a country like PNG because it is so linguistically diverse with more than 800 languages. May God our heavenly Father bless your hearts.”

Will you partner with us and help bring the Bible to people in Papua New Guinea and other countries in a language they can read and understand?

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Urak Lawoi Bible nears completion

Ethim is one of the Urak Lawoi, a minority fishing community on Thailand’s Andaman coast, whose land tenure is under threat.

Ethim (right) and Dr Stephen Pattemore learn the new software.

Pictured above; a Bible study group in Baan Nai Rai, an Urak Lawoi village on Lanta Yai Island, Krabi province.

Ethim lives in a corrugated iron house and has four years primary education. For years he has worked tirelessly from his bed as a voluntary Bible translator, working to make the Bible available to his people in their heart language.

He was paralysed after diving for salvage and getting the bends. He recovered the use of his upper body but his lower body remains paralysed. Bible Society New Zealand Translations Director Dr. Stephen Pattemore says he now faces a new hurdle but one he will take in his stride.

Ethim, along with all United Bible Society (UBS) translators, has to learn a whole new level of computing involving an upgrade from an existing version of Paratext (special translation software) to a new version. This means migrating all his already translated Bible text to the new software, a complex process. Despite this, the Urak Lawoi Bible is nearly ready for publication after some final checking.

Dr. Pattemore, who is now working on Bible publication plans, says Urak Lawoi is a threatened language, and the communities of Christians there include those who are illiterate, as well as those literate in Thai and Urak Lawoi.

The historical section of the Old Testament will be published in three volumes as diglot* editions in Urak Lawoi and Thai. But the whole Urak Lawoi Bible will probably be an electronic edition. “Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular and widely used in Urak Lawoi villages, and already Pastor AhLin reads his Thai Bible on the YouVersion app. So this seems to be the way to go,” said Dr. Pattemore.

Will you partner with us to make the Bible a reality for those, like the Urak Lawoi, that don’t have it in their heart language?

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God’s Word spreads further in the South Pacific

Children and adults alike from Kiribati and Tuvalu in the South Pacific are delighted to have Bible comic story books in their own heart language for the very first time.

“Their reaction was one of amazement and they were so appreciative,” said Charles Cleary and Seremaia Rareba from the Bible Society of the South Pacific (BSSP). “Please thank all the generous supporters in New Zealand for making this possible,” they said.

More copies of the Bible comic story book titled, The Man Who Trusted God, The Story of Abraham, with content from Genesis 12 to 22, are currently being distributed to Kiribati and Tuvalu churches and communities in Suva, Fiji, before being shipped to the islands.

The Abraham Bible story comics are part of Bible Society’s ongoing mission to reach the people of the South Pacific with the Bible in their heart language.

The next translation project to be finalised in the South Pacific will be the Hano New Testament in Vanuatu. Here, the Hano language is spoken by more than 6,000 people in the North Pentecost area of the island with 1,000 speakers in the main centres.

The last publication of the Scriptures in the Hano language was in 1988, consisting of the four Gospels. The New Testament is nearly complete now with final checking in progress.

It’s hard to imagine that many people in some of New Zealand’s favourite Pacific holiday destinations still do not have the Bible in their own language.

Tropical getaway destinations such as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue and French Polynesia, many of which have multiple languages, are waiting for Bible translation projects to be completed or started.

Seremaia (left) from BSSP with Rev Kabong, a church minister from the Kiribati community, with some of the comics.

Without the Bible in their own heart language it’s much harder to connect intimately with God.

There is ongoing translation work on the Tongan Contemporary Old Testament. Text is also being prepared for Bible resources such as concordances and electronic Bibles, which will be distributed in Tuvalu, Kiribati, Niue, Tahiti and Tonga.

In Fiji, translation work continues on the Maumi and Korobubu-Ba New Testaments, with both projects due to print trial editions of completed books later in the year.

Finally, people experiencing trauma will be helped by the translation of biblical trauma healing materials into various South Pacific languages.

Apenesia Lewatoro joined BSSP because he was fascinated with translation work and had a heart to make God’s Word available in the language of his people.

He said, “Bibles were originally translated by the missionaries in the 1800s and one of the challenges now is people don’t understand the languages of the past. We’re working towards translating the Bible into today’s languages of contemporary Fijian, Kiribati, Tongan, and Samoan. Then people can understand God’s Word and make changes in their lives.”

“Thank you so much for your kind hearts in supporting Bible work in the South Pacific. God bless you all.

You can help the Bible Society in the South Pacific bring the Bible to people in their heart language. To make a secure donation to Bible Society’s translation work, click on the button below.

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