Extending Worldwide Reach
Because of the faithful support of our partners, American Bible Society is helping to eradicate Bible poverty in all its forms. By working closely with the global Bible Society fellowship, we focus on regions of the world that desperately need God’s Word.
God's Word Combating Domestic Violence
God is changing lives in Latin America through the “Read to Live” literacy program, which addresses the issue of domestic violence and empowers victims with Scripture-based tools adapted to their reading levels.
These much needed literacy resources were developed in partnership with five other Bible Societies: Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Panamá and Perú. In this program, participants learn to read and understand what’s going on in their lives, while also learning how to address the problems associated with domestic violence.
God’s Word Empowering Women, Protecting Children
Building on the success in Latin America, a similar partnership involves the Caribbean Bible Societies: Suriname, Haiti, Netherlands Antilles and West Indies. As with Latin America, this cluster focuses on the power of God’s Word to address domestic violence. To that end, staff and volunteers have partnered with churches and various nonprofit organizations to sensitize the community through Scripture-based materials. They also are working with children, women and the police to eradicate domestic violence, and provide comfort and hope to victims.
Europe, Middle East, Indo China
Reading Plan Sparks Bible Engagement
We thank God for our global relationships with Bible Societies around the world. Because of our supporters, we were able to assist the West Balkan Partnership of Bible Societies to encourage Bible engagement in their churches. This partnership serves as a catalyst through which the Bible Societies will deliver a series of programs that help church members rediscover their passion for God’s Word and its relevance to today’s society. Specifically, the “I Read the Word” campaign is encouraging thousands of people to engage in a 30-day Bible reading plan—followed by a 100-day plan—that will lead people to live out the hope of Christ found in the pages of Scripture.
God's Word On TV In The Middle East
In a year marked by turbulence and change in the Middle East, the Bible Society of Lebanon continued its production of “The Bible is Yours,” a series of 45-minute episodes broadcast on secular and Christian satellite TV across Lebanon and the Arab world.
These programs, featuring testimonies of cultural leaders and discussion of current topics, are geared specifically for young people who need to hear the message of Christ. In addition, the Bible Society in Lebanon produced a “Year of the Bible” docudrama that was broadcast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day last year. Combined, the productions reached millions of viewers.
God's Word Changing Young Hearts
In Cambodia, 50 percent of the population is under age 25, and many have seen attempts to eradicate their education and freedom. With God’s help, the Bible Society in Cambodia is equipping churches with Scripture resources for youth, helping them find value in God’s Word daily.
This past year, they reached out to more than 20,000 young people with Scripture through youth camps, concerts, Bible Sunday, a digital Bible and the Bible Society’s website.
Providing Bibles, Training Church Leaders
The people of China are so hungry for the Word of God. But they also need more trained church leaders to help them understand and apply God’s Word. With the help of our supporters and a solid relationship with the Chinese Church the Bible is transforming the lives of millions of Chinese Christians who long for the hope of the Gospel.
On Nov. 8, 2012, the Amity Printing Company in Nanjing celebrated the printing of its 100 millionth Bible. American Bible Society was a major stakeholder in the founding of Amity Printing Company, which was established as a joint venture of the United Bible Societies and Amity Foundation in 1988. Amity is the only government authorized printer of Bibles in China.
Further deepening this significant partnership with the Chinese Church, American Bible Society hosted a delegation from the Bishop’s Conference of the Catholic Church in China/Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA). Bishop Guo Jincai, vice president of the CCPA, led the delegation. The group visited theological schools in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. to learn about programs and to assess the possibility of a faculty exchange.
Chinese pastors, priests and lay leaders face an urgent need for training, transportation and Scripture resources including Bibles. With the help of our supporters, American Bible Society also provided pictorial Bible stories for children, as well as literacy training for adults, to help thousands of Chinese learn to read and write using Scripture as the main text. Our priorities in China remain steady: rural Bible distribution, paper subsidies for Bible printing and Scripture provision to seminaries and schools. These efforts will continue to support the growth of the Chinese church.
God's Word For Marginalized Communities
The Bible Society of India (BSI) is a strong partner with rich history of excellent translation work. In order to help them reach more people with the hope of Jesus, American Bible Society joined BSI in the inauguration of its Shillong Translations Center by providing funding for much-needed building renovations. Shillong is located in Northeast India where people speak numerous minority languages. Of the 79 ongoing translations of BSI, half are handled from this translations center alone.
Through American Bible Society’s partnership with BSI, Bibles and age-appropriate Scripture selections were distributed to children through Vacation Bible Schools, Christian schools and orphanages. As a result, many children from other faiths attended and experienced the Gospel message found in Scripture.
Ministering to marginalized communities, particularly to those who cannot afford Bibles, as well as the persecuted church, remains a priority. BSI also implemented programs for at-risk women, and distributed Bibles to sick people in hospitals. Scripture Portions reached not only the Christian population in India, but also people from the major faith groups who seek hope and truth.