The Word at Work Issue 197 – New Year 2012
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They’re the young, the innocent and the vulnerable.
From the moment they’re born children in developing countries often know little else apart from poverty, illness and disease, abandonment or exploitation.
Encouraging kids, through access to children’s Scriptures, to put the Lord Jesus first in their lives, is one of the Bible Society of the South Pacific’s key aims this year.
“Through hearing the Word of God I’ve come to realise the difference between living with God and living without Him,” says Manuel, a young prisoner in Angola. He received a Bible during a Bible Society visit earlier this year.
In Chile, Bible Society is visiting children’s homes for at risk children, as part of its ongoing ministry to orphaned and needy children. Many of these children come from broken homes where the parents are involved in either drug or alcohol abuse or are in prison.
Two Bible Societies in two very different parts of the world are reaching out to sick children with children’s Bibles.
In the Palestinian Territories, Bible Society is bringing the message of the Gospel to children through fun-filled biblical camps, trips and activity days.
Twenty five years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine, the effects continue to be felt throughout the region. In neighbouring Belarus, children, who were not even born at the time, are among some of the worst affected.
“Life in Israel is very intense. This has a profound impact particularly on young people,” says Victor Kalisher, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Israel.
In Cambodia, Bible-based literacy classes, run in conjunction with local churches, are benefiting many people, such as Mr & Mrs Ptum and their three children, who live in Kampot province.
In China, a Scripture portion entitled The Lord Protects You, is bringing comfort to workers. Many people are forced to leave the rural areas, often moving long distances away from home, in order to find work in the cities.
A significant milestone has been reached for the 550,000 speakers of the Ossetic language, who live in the North Caucasus, in Russia. They recently received the Book of Genesis in their own language.
In the Soviet Union during the communist era one group of workers who had secure employment were artists. They were given a clear brief: to make the communist ideology visible in open spaces. This they did, by building statues of Lenin for town and village squares.
On 9 October 2011, Christians taking part in a peaceful protest march against attacks on Christian-owned businesses and a church in Upper Egypt, were gunned down and run over by tanks leaving 26 dead and hundreds wounded.
In the village of Nebytov in southern Belarus, Bibles are bringing healing and comfort to recovering drug addicts and local villagers.
The Uduk people live in eastern Sudan. In recent years, as a result of the war, many have been forced to emigrate to neighbouring countries. But now some are returning home, including the translators of the long delayed Uduk Bible translation.
Read brief news updates about Bible Society work happening in Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
The specially designed children’s Bibles for Christian Religious Education (CRE) classes are here. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you. So many of you have captured our vision and supported this project so generously, and for this we’re very grateful.
On 16 November 2011, a service was held at Westminster Abbey, London, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The event was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
Isolation and faith. They’re two things that go hand in hand on many of the islands of the South Pacific. Take the case of Kabara Island, one of the islands of the Lau Group, in Fiji, for example.
Emmanuel’s mother died giving birth to him, and soon afterwards his stepmother persuaded his father to abandon him.
Please give prayerful consideration to making a gift to provide Bibles for children in developing countries.
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 Cedric Barthow, Auckland||Mrs Edith Hamilton, Whitianga|
|Mrs Joyce Bridge, Kaeo||Mr Jim Hick, Whangarei|
|Miss Helene Chivers, Rangiora||Mrs June Husband, Matamata|
|Mr Peter Crosbie, Blenheim||Mrs Iona Luoni, Marton|
|Mrs Aneta Crossen, Christchurch||Mrs Jean McLeod, Auckland|
|Mrs Gladys Forbes, Auckland||Mrs Ellen Mitchell, Tauranga|
|Mr Ian Forrester, Upper Hutt||Mr Herbert Powell, Auckland|
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
- Matt 19.14
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