It’s the former Soviet eastern bloc and it covers a vast region stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Bering Sea, from the Arctic Circle to Central Asia. It has a population of over 400 million people who speak around 200 different languages.
But in spite of their diversity people here share a common heritage. They all once lived under the umbrella of Soviet Russia. It’s a legacy that continues to cast a long shadow over these lands. The demise of communism has left a vacuum that is often filled with despair, moral decay, poverty and addictions.
Bible Society wants to fill that vacuum through God's living Word.
The Bible has been translated into around one quarter of the languages spoken here. But there remains a great need for Bibles and to reach such a wide diversity of people, many of whom live in remote places or under persecution or under the shadow of a grim economic reality, Bible Society is using technology, as well as the printed word.
In issue 190 of The Word at Work, you’ll learn about the “God Pod”, a solar powered, audio device suitable for communities living without electricity. You’ll read about bringing God’s Word using CDs, DVDs. You’ll discover how the printed word – either as portions, New Testaments or full Bibles - is bringing faith and hope to people right throughout this region.
Regardless of the means the essence of God's eternal message remains the same. Bibles are bringing hope and freedom to those who have not yet heard it.
This year Bible Society has projects totalling around $4.2 million throughout this part of the world.
Will you please make a gift and help to bring God’s Word to the suffering and forgotten in the countries of the former Soviet Union?
Thank you and God bless you.
This article is from The Word at Work – Spring 2010.
Seventy year old Jin can’t stop smiling or singing. She’s walked for three hours in sub-zero temperatures to get to church.
The reason? Today, free Bibles are being given out to the congregation. And she’s got one.