Friday, May 11, 2012

Bibles For Africa

I few years ago I (Glenn) met this pastor in the Central Province of Zambia.  Though we hardly knew each others names, he invited me to preach at the church he was planting on Sunday morning.  Before the service, he shared his testimony with me.

He had gotten saved at an evangelistic crusade when he was just a youth.  Back home in his village, there was only one man who owned a Bible.   This new convert would borrow that Bible Friday nights and read all night or until his candle burned out.  By dawn Saturday morning he would return the Bible in time for its owner to have his morning devotions.  He followed the Lord faithfully until years later he was able to buy a Bible of his own in the Tonga language. 
Now do you understand why
these men are smiling?

This, sadly, is a common problem for Christians in Africa.  Bibles are expensive and often completely unavailable in the heart language of many.  Cults and heresy are common because people can't "search the Scriptures daily" as the Bereans did in Acts 17.

For many years now, Hope International Missions has been distributing Bibles in the rural parts of Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe.  Just this week, Pieter and Hester Marais left for Zimbabwe with one thousand Shona Bibles.  After distributing these Bibles, they plan to travel on to work in northern Namibia and the Wester Province of Zambia.  Teams from South Africa will be joining them to help.  I am also planning to take a team to join them around the middle of July to assist with distributing Tonga Bibles in the Central Province of Zambia.

There are many challenges to this ministry.  Please get involved through prayer.  Also keep an eye on our blog.  Over the next few days we will share some specific prayer requests and a way that you can get involved.
"The night is coming when no one can work."  --Jesus

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