The Word at Work Issue 193 - Autumn 2011
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There are 22.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS.
Across Sub Saharan Africa, Bible Societies are helping people fight the deadly HIV/AIDS virus with a specially developed Bible-based programme.
The Good Samaritan programme, which is based on the well-known Bible parable of the same name, offers a message of hope for the suffering and compassion towards the ill and the dying.
The Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire has a vital take-home message for youth: you are responsible for your life. Therefore – Take Charge!
In Guatemala, Bible Society is providing Bibles to help stem a growing tide of violence and corruption fuelled by factors such as poverty, social inequality and the growth of organised crime.
The Baoshan Christian Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Yunnan Province, China is helping drug addicts recover from their addictions.
On 8 January 2011, after decades of religious and racial conflict, the people of south Sudan voted to secede from the north. On 8 July 2011 a new nation was born.
The recent uprisings in Egypt have brought hope to many that a freer and more democratic society is emerging there.
Twenty years after declaring its independence from the Soviet Union, the political leadership of Belarus is still clinging to its Communist past. But on the nation’s campuses many young Christians are eager for their country to take a different direction.
Since 1998, the Baoshan Bible Training Centre in Yunnan Province, China has been training pastors for the many ethnic minority churches in the region.
The Bible Society of Israel is reaching out to people in the parks of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Mary Jones-Ovenden (yes, she has relations in Wales and has been to Bala!) ended 40 years service as a Christian Religious Education (CRE) teacher last year. CRE was formerly known as Bible in Schools.
In response to the Christchurch earthquake Bible Society New Zealand made two Scripture booklets available to the people of that city.
In Japan, Bible Society is distributing Bibles and children’s Bibles through the churches to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in one of the worst hit areas – Sendai, in north-east Japan. It is also providing some relief aid.
In January this year, after three years of being denied permission by the authorities, the Executive Secretary of the Palestinian Bible Society, Nashat Filmon, (pictured) was granted a permit to enter into Gaza.
“I felt like I was in darkness when I found out I was HIV-positive,” says 40-year-old Marie Jeanne. “Then I was given a Bible. Now I have peace and hope.”
“It was a huge shock when I was diagnosed with HIV,” says 38-year-old Judith. “I turned to the Bible. I still have many problems but I have hope in God.”
Please give prayerful consideration to making a gift to help someone with HIV/AIDS in Africa through the Good Samaritan programme.
Or send your gift to Bible Society, Private Bag 27901, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.
Bible Society has learned with sorrow of the passing of the following friends. Gifts towards the work of the Bible cause have been made in their memory. Their work of love goes on . . .
|Mr Phillip Bukeman, Mt Maunganui||Mrs Mini Mackenzie, Gisborne|
|Mrs Shirley Bukeman, Mt Maunganui||Mrs Mavis Marshall Nunns, Christchurch|
|Alexa Cross, Balclutha||Mrs Janet Mundell, Maungaturoto|
|Mrs Hilary Farmilo, Hamilton||Mr Thomas Burson Nuttall, Christchurch|
|Mrs Merle Graham, Marton||Mr Ian Edward Purdie, Christchurch|
|Mr John Hassall, Christchurch||Mrs Enid Sanders, Palmerston North|
|Mr Ronald Hoyland, Lower Hutt||Mrs Margaret Smith, Christchurch|
|Mrs Charlotte Humphries, Tawa, Wellington||Mrs Thora Smith, Hamilton|
|Mr John Jones, Auckland||Mrs Marie Sweeney, Greymouth|
|Mrs Thelma Jones, Upper Hutt|
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. - James 1:27
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