The Word at Work Issue 195 – Spring 2011
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They call it the Arab Spring. The wave of revolutionary uprisings and protests that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East beginning in December 2010.
Some are calling this a pivotal moment in the history of this region.
Following the launch of its Mega Voice audio Scripture unit in February 2010, the Interconfessional Bible Society in Romania has been inundated with so many requests it can hardly keep up.
“I call the booklet Where is the Good Samaritan Today? the Fifth Gospel,” says Sister Clementine Ngong, a nun living in Bangang, northwest Cameroon.
Sergej used to be a violent man. He was a heavy drinker and his wife used to suffer at home from his violent temper. Then one day he was injured in an accident at work. He realised that he wasn’t invincible, and so when someone gave him a Bible he began to read it.
Once withdrawn and fearful, eight year old Xiao Daifa, who was born blind and abandoned by her parents, is now a confident and smiling child.
Opened in 2005, the Naenae Boxing Academy, situated in Lower Hutt, is the dream child of Naenae-born Billy Graham (no, he’s not the American evangelist, although like his namesake, Billy, too, has a strong Christian faith).
Bible Society Regional Representative, Peter Dean, attended the dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home in Tauranga recently. He took the opportunity to present the new owners of the home, the Feao family with Bibles.
Once again this year Bible Society is offering a nationwide Bible reading programme to churches, home groups and individuals.
Following on from last year’s highly successful E100 programme, Essential Jesus again takes the reader on a journey of 100 Bible readings, this time focusing on the person of Jesus.
In the midst of the violence that is taking place in Libya hundreds of thousands of migrant workers situated in the country are fleeing towards the borders with Egypt and Tunisia. They are amongst some of the poorest people in the region.
Bible Society General Secretaries from across the Middle East respond to the events of the Arab Spring.
"We are standing on a precipice of opportunity. We cannot fail to seize this opportunity to share God's Word during this momentous time in Egypt's history."
Please give prayerful consideration to making a gift to provide Bibles for people in the Middle East during this Arab Spring.
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 . . .
|Dr George Barton, Wellington||Mrs Jessie Kitto, Oamaru|
|Mrs Iris Botting, Christchurch||Mrs Isabel Mary (Mollie) Hoskin, Napier|
|Mr Thomas Brownlie, Waikanae||Mrs Joy Hughson, Wellington|
|Mrs Rosemary Bruce, Rotorua||Mrs Evelyn Lysaght, Whakatane|
|Mrs Verna Doris Cederman, Oxford||Miss Anne Morrison, Geraldine|
|Mrs Muriel Janet Seaton Churchill, Hamilton||Mr John Morton, Christchurch|
|Mrs Willa Ethel Cresswell, Auckland||Mrs I Park, Hamilton|
|Mr John Dakin, Cambridge||Pili Pauli, Auckland|
|Mr Donald Divitt, New Plymouth||Olive Jessie Peach, Palmerston North|
|Mr Harold Francis, Christchurch||Mrs Raewyn Ann Robertson, Auckland|
|Mrs Dorothy Frethey, Wanganui||Mr David James Savill, Auckland|
|Mr Michael Gregan, Nelson||Mr Noel Smith, Wanganui|
|Mrs Sylvia Homersham, Auckland||Mrs Beverley Ruth Wells, Rotorua|
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8
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