Africans Need Bibles

November 19 2018

In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Nygozi* was the first person in his village to give his heart to Jesus, despite a difficult life. His house burned down, and he lost everything.

Thankfully, his wife and children were not harmed. All he had left was his land with a large mango tree. Even through this difficult time, Nygozi remained faithful. When the Christians decided to meet together for the first time, they invited many people, including the village leaders.

On that Sunday, it began to rain. Despite the heavy rain, 125 people came to the first service, including the local chief. The church met on Nygozi’s land, under the large mango tree. After the pastor preached, he asked if anyone wanted to give their heart to Jesus, and the local chief and five other adults responded. Everyone was praising the Lord, and no one wanted to move, even though it continued to rain.

Later, Nygozi was given the gift of his first Bible. He was so thankful for it. He immediately memorized several Scripture verses. The church continues to meet on Nygozi’s land, and he hopes to plant another church soon.

We rejoice knowing that the work of the kingdom is growing and lost people are being saved in Africa … but the people in villages throughout Africa need Bibles!

Many Africans cannot afford to buy a Bible of their own. In many churches, OMS has provided a Bible for the pastor, but then it must be shared with the whole congregation and sometimes even with other villages still without a church.

We’ve even heard stories about pastors ripping pages from their Bible to distribute among the villagers so everyone could read from God’s Word … if only just a page or two at a time!

We have an urgent need for more Bibles if we want the new Christians to grow and the church to expand. Could you donate just $10 to provide one Bible for a church in Africa?

Tags: bibles for africa, pastors, gift of a bible,

​Bibles for Cuban Youth

July 19 2016

Cubans want Bibles to satisfy their hunger for God and for his Word. Youth especially need Bibles that they can connect with easily. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Guzmán Mouriz (pictured on right in green) never owned his own Bible. He read a copy that his grandparents owned, but he really wanted a Bible that was geared for his age.

One Mission Society’s Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to Cuban church leaders so that the people can have access to God’s Word and grow in a relationship with him. Bibles for Cuba not only provides Bibles, but it delivers them in a version that can meet people, like youth, where they are.

Alexis’ first Bible is special to him, especially because it is a version that is easy to read and understand for him.

“This version contains interesting ideas, stories, and notes about characters from the Bible, and it also shares about themes of interest for youth,” he said. “This Bible, for me, is the best!”

Alexis prays that God continues to bless Bibles for Cuba so that others, especially Cuban young people, can learn more about the Word of God. As they reach critical growing points in their lives, the fact that they can own their own copies of the Bible to guide their lives closer to God is an irreplaceable value.

“Know these Bibles are very important for the Christian youth of our country,” Alexis said. “Thanks to God and to you (OMS’ Bibles for Cuba), many young people can have their own Bibles, just like me.”

Please pray for Alexis, that God will speak to him and guide him through his Word, and that other young people can have their own Bibles as well. Please also continue to pray that Bibles for Cuba can provide as many Bibles as this nation needs so the hunger for the Word is satisfied.

Would you like to help people like Alexis own Bibles so they can grow in relationship with God? To learn more and give to Bibles for Cuba, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/biblesforcuba.

Tags: bibles, youth, cuba, god's word, first bible,

Stories From The Field

September 10 2015

For today's post we have various stories from mission fields around the world. These stories include church planters who have begun using the Train & Multiply curriculum, as well as courageous men and women sharing the Gospel in their own cultural context. We hope that these stories will inspire and encourage you to continue the great work of the Kingdom.

Job Vilma - Haiti

by Job Vilma

Job Vilma, 38, is the ECC Trainer in Haiti. He and his wife have a five year-old son. Job did not have an opportunity to begin his schooling until he was 13. Since that time, he has completed grade school and high school and earned a seminary degree.

The leader that Job has trained uses a bicycle for transportation. To reach his congregation, a one-way journey requires two and a half hours of riding, followed by three hours of walking, and he makes this trip seven times a month. One Sunday a month he goes to his local church to participate in taking the Lord’s Supper.

In 2013, a house group was started in Orange, and a month later this group birthed a worshiping group in Pillet. When this group was three months old, they started a group in Blankan. Now the following pattern has developed: The Pillet group meets together every Tuesday, and the Blankan group every Thursday. On Sunday, they come together and meet in Augarde, on the mountain. At their first combined service, 30 people were present.

Job makes a point to be with the believers at Augarde every second Sunday. Believers from the congregation he attended prior to becoming a trainer often accompany him on this trip up the mountain.

Raju – India

by Raju

My name is Raju. I am almost twelve years old and live in a village in India with my father, my mother, and my brothers and sisters. I am very blessed because I am able to go to school, but millions of children are forced to work and never learn to read or write. My father is like that. He cannot read, so I help him by reading the Bible to him so he can preach and start new churches. I also teach the other children in my village about Jesus. One day, my father took my mother and me to a big city where he was going to learn how to be a Bible storyteller. We joined him in the training room, although we sat to the side. I listened very carefully and studied the picture that the storyteller put on the wall for each story. After four days of training, the storyteller asked for people to stand by the pictures on the wall and tell all the stories in order, from Creation to the Resurrection. Several adults tried to do this, but they needed help from the others. Then I asked if I could try. The storyteller smiled and said, “Yes, Raju, you tell the stories.” Do you know what happened? I told all the stories, and the storyteller said that I was the best storyteller of all! Now I can be the storyteller for our village and help my father even more. I can tell him the stories over and over again so that he can go to other villages and tell people about Jesus. How do you tell people about Jesus?

Tags: stories from the field, job vilma, raju, haiti, india, ecc training, train and multiply, bible, storytelling, evangelism, jesus,