Bible Society: one of our core church charities

Bible Society
 
The Bible Society was formed in 1804 and is committed to bringing the Bible to the world. There are now around 150 Bible Societies around the world who carry out translation work in their location.
 
Since 2015, the United Bible Societies have produced translations in 270 languages, used by over 1.7 billion people. This is thanks to increased collaboration between Bible agencies, better technology and the generous giving of Bible Society supporters. Every new translation means that more people can hear God speak in the language of their hearts. In 2019 fifty communities received their first ever Scripture and six languages, used by 4.2 million people, received their first full Bible. What really strikes you is the joy of the people receiving the Bible in their own language for the first time.
 
2019 was also a bumper year for providing Scripture in sign languages. There are approximately 70 million deaf people in the world, but only around 10% of sign languages have any Scripture. In 2019 eleven sign languages received portions of Scripture – used by 2.8 million people.
 
During the pandemic Bible Society has continued as much of its work as possible. In Jordan they have long been supporting refugee families with practical and spiritual help. That help is needed more than ever now with the Bible Society team assembling boxes of supplies for families unable to buy food or toiletries – and in every box Scripture. Bible based trauma healing programmes have continued on line. Last year 2 workers in Cameroon were murdered by Boko Haram extremists, but these risks replicated in many countries, just spur the translators on. They say that every obstacle is in fact a mission opportunity for Bible Society.
 
 By logging on to the website www.biblesociety.org.uk you will find much more information about their work and the opportunity to sign up to receive regular information via post or e-mail. You can also donate via the website. Or, if you do not have internet access you can donate by post (Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DG) or by telephone - 01793 418222.


Ros Stuart