Help spread God’s Word in Egypt and Jordan

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In both Egypt and Jordan, both Christians and non- Christians urgently need Bibles to strengthen their faith and to allow people who do not yet know Jesus Christ to have a life-changing encounter with Him through the Bible.

That’s why we are inviting you to partner with us to support the work of the Egypt and Jordan Bible Societies, which will enable more lives to be touched by the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  • In Egypt, your gift will help to subsidise 40,000 Bibles, 90,000 New Testaments and 100,000 Scripture selections.

  • In Jordan, your gift will help supply 3,500 Bibles, 4,000 New Testaments, 8,000 selections, 5,200 portions, 100 audio Bibles and 500 children’s Bibles.

Your gift will bring the light of hope and comfort of the Bible message into their lives.



Ancient Bible Lands – Egypt and Jordan

Man riding a camel, Jordan.
A man riding on a camel, Jordan.

“The whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt.” — Genesis 13:10 (NIV)

The rivers and land of Egypt and Jordan, are central to Bible stories. Egypt first appears in Genesis 2:13 where one of the four primeval rivers that divide outside Eden is named as the Gihon. According to first-century Jewish historian Josephus this may have been referring to the Nile River.

Jordan, too, appears early in the biblical narrative. In Genesis 13:10 (NIV) Lot discovers, “that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt”, and he decides to settle there.

During the Exodus when Moses and the Israelites are fleeing from Pharaoh’s army, Moses, at God’s bidding, parts the waters of the Red Sea allowing the Israelites to miraculously cross over to safety. Then, after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness the Israelites encounter one final obstacle they must negotiate before they enter the promised land: the Jordan River.

Once again God delivers a miracle stopping the flow of the river so the Israelites can cross over. Of course, the Jordan River is also the site of Jesus’ baptism, an event which marked the beginning of his ministry.

This month, we invite you to help continue Jesus’ ministry in the heart of where it all began!

Egypt

Biblical resources are enthusiastically unloaded.
Biblical resources are enthusiastically unloaded.

In Egypt, tradition states that Christianity was first brought to Egypt by Saint Mark in AD 42. Despite the Arab Muslim conquest in AD 640 it remained a Christian-majority country for over 1,000 years. Today, although Egypt is a Muslim-majority nation (90%), it is home to the largest body of Christians in the Middle East – the Coptic church.

Senior Advisor Ramez Atallah is the former General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt. Here he comments on the work of Bible Society in Egypt and Christianity in that country.

“There is an almost insatiable demand by Coptic Christians to have the Bible. We have 10 million Christians in Egypt, and the Coptic church is very committed to the Bible,” he says.

To meet this insatiable demand, Bible Society is working to reach out to people through its 16 bookshops, book fairs and events. It is providing subsidised Scriptures which include 40,000 Bibles, 90,000 New Testaments, and 100,000 selections.

They also launched a very special study Bible earlier this year. Since 2002 Bible Society have been working to create an Arabic Study Bible (AVDSB) to accompany the Van Dyke Arabic Bible (AVD), first printed in 1865, which is the world’s most widely used Arabic Bible. In May, Bible Society received the first printed copies with 4,000 sold within two weeks!

Your gift will help to provide subsidised Bibles, New Testaments, and selections to many through churches and other ministries in Egypt.

Jordan

Children with Scriptures at the Amman book fair.
Children with Scriptures at the Amman book fair.

In Jordan, another Muslim-majority country (97%) where Christians make up two percent of the population the Bible Society of Jordan is seeking to make Scriptures available to both Jordanians and visitors from other Arab countries.

They are doing this by distributing Bibles through churches, book fairs, and Christian organisations, and by participating in events. Through its showroom it has Bibles available in 24 languages including all the major Arabic translations.

Nine year old Samer was one of a group of 35 children who have received a children’s Bible from Bible Society’s children team. They spent the day with the children in their village of Ma’in, which is in a remote and isolated area.

Samer’s family invited the team to visit their house as a sign of generosity and hospitality. 

“I am overjoyed about Samer’s excitement to learn about a Bible story and see how it had helped with some of the questions he has been asking about God and the Bible”, Samer’s father shared.

This year, with your support, Bible Society aims to distribute 3,500 Bibles, 4,000 New Testaments, 8,000 selections, 5,200 portions, 100 audio Bibles and 500 children’s Bibles.

In both Egypt and Jordan, both Christians and non- Christians urgently need Bibles to strengthen their faith and to allow people who do not yet know Jesus Christ to have a life-changing encounter with Him through the Bible.

  • In Egypt, your gift will help to provide subsidised Bibles, New Testaments, and selections to many through churches and other ministries.

  • In Jordan, your gift will help to provide Bibles and New Testaments to Jordanians, young and old, from all walks of life.

Just use your preferred giving option below to help bring the hope and comfort of the Bible message into their life.


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