International Projects

We want a world where every person in every country has access to the Bible.

Every year we work in more than 30 countries partnering with local Bible Societies in a range of Bible mission projects. From teaching people to read and write using Bible literacy resources to producing Braille Bibles for the blind, Bible Society New Zealand is able to bring the Bible to tens of thousands of people every year that wouldn’t otherwise have access to it.

We do this by working with United Bible Societies, a network of 150 Bible Societies operating in more than 200 countries and territories.  Together, we believe the Bible is for everyone so we are working towards the day when everyone can access the Bible in the language and medium of their choice.

United Bible Societies is one of the world’s largest Christian organisations in terms of global reach. You will find local Bible Society staff working in almost every country and territory across the world.

Our 2018 international projects

In 2018, Bible Society New Zealand will be supporting 35 projects in more than 30 countries.  We’re only able to support this work through the generosity of our supporters.  Here’s some of our 2018 highlights…

Bibles for poor Christians in China

Unofficial estimates put the Christian population in China at 100,000,000. Since 1987, Amity Press in Nanjing (Eastern China), has been printing Chinese Bibles for Christians, as well as exporting Bibles all over the world. To date more than 176,000,000 Bibles in 101 languages have rolled of the assembly line, including te Paipera Tapu (The Holy Bible in Māori). Despite many millions of Chinese Bibles being printed and distributed in the past 31 years, many poor Christians in rural areas of China are still waiting for a Bible of their own.

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Sharing the hope of the Bible in Israel

Last year more than 30,000 Scripture items were given away by the Bible Society in Israel. The head of the Bible Society in Israel says that there is a growing openness in the country along with growing collaboration from local believers.

In 2018, their goal is to distribute 40,000 Gospels and 24,000 New Testaments. This is an ambitious goal, and one that can’t be fulfilled without the help of Bible Societies like New Zealand.

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One million Bibles for Cuba

The church in Cuba is growing at at rapid rate, and there are simply not enough Bibles to go around.

The Bible Commission of Cuba (Bible Society) seeks to change this.  As the only supplier to all the churches in Cuba, they are in a unique position to share God’s Word across the breadth of the whole church.  With this project in its sixth year, the Bible Commission of Cuba has already distributed 640,000 Bibles.

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Hope and healing for Christians in Syria

Despite the fighting and destruction ever present around them, the Bible Society continues to work in Syria. In fact the Bible is in unprecedented demand. The head of the Bible Society work there says the Bible is bringing hope and peace to Syrian Christians, but they need more to give away.

The church is playing a critical part in sharing the love of Jesus with those affected by the war. Not only is the Syrian Church looking after Christians, but is also providing no-strings-attached aid to anyone who needs it.

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You can help

We are only able to contribute to projects like these through the generous support of donors from all over New Zealand.  If you’d like to be part of the mission to get the Bible into the hands of people that don’t have access to it, you can donate online or contact us.

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