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?

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​Hunger for the Word Grows in Cuba

July 1 2016

How do believers keep the Bible as the authoritative Word of God … when they don’t have one?

With a church that is growing exponentially, Cuban believers rejoice in the spreading of the Good News. At the same time, they face the epidemic of a lack of Bibles in their country. Richard Yoder, One Mission Society (OMS) field director for Cuba, shares praises and prayer requests for this island nation of 11.5 million people.

The body of Christ in Cuba has grown steadily for the past 20 years, but in the past four years, it has grown exponentially. We thank the Lord for pouring out his Holy Spirit on the Cuban people so that their hearts and minds are open to his transforming power. Praise the Lord for impassioned Cuban believers who have gently witnessed and testified to the goodness of the Lord in their lives.

The growth of the church body has developed through the house group movement and through using existing mother churches for larger gatherings and trainings.

This growth has not come without sacrifice and a price.

Recently, a member of the OMS Theological Team, Rachel Coleman, listened and learned to fellow believers in Cuba on how to come alongside two denominational seminaries to help them meet the great educational needs of the body of Christ. “It is important that collections of house groups have a seminary-trained person among them. Strengthening the seminaries is a way to strengthen the growing church,” shared Rachel.

Observing all of this, Rachel commented, “There were many moments when I felt like I was walking through the Book of Acts on a 21st century stage.”

A critical need at this moment in Cuba is Bibles. About four years ago, while in Cuba, I met two men from two different organizations who had received the same vision from the Lord: “to get one million Bibles to the Cuban Church.”

However, the reality is that there are many more Bibles needed. At one point, there was a group of 20 pastors sharing five Bibles and another group of 11 pastors sharing only one Bible! This is not a good situation for the church. Many agencies and ministries have entered Cuba and offered the Cuban leaders money if they use their materials, wanting to be part of the great work of the Lord there. While some of these materials are good and needed, the most crucial need is for Bibles.

Thanks to the work of Men for Missions (MFM) Canada and MFM USA, Bibles are getting into the hands of Cubans, and the Lord is working to grow healthy, Christ-centered leaders.

Please pray for the Cuban church as the body of Christ grows and develops in their country, that more Bibles will be sent for the believers and pastors, and that the other needs of the church are met.

The Word of God is the basis of our faith. It is needed for healthy, rich growth in our Christian lives and our relationships with God.

Will you donate today so that more Bibles will get into the hands of the Cuban believers and church leaders?

For more information about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this ministry, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cub..

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