July 19 2016
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
November 10 2015
around a dining room table with cups of tea, walking along the Dnieper River,
or going on a retreat at a camp outside Kiev, young Ukrainian believers are
learning to minister to one another as they grow in their knowledge and love of
Jesus Christ. Each week, they meet together in homes for Life Groups to encourage
one another in Christ. They take turns sharing responsibilities, preparing ice
breakers, leading Bible studies, selecting songs, and praying for one another.
has busy schedules with either university studies or full time jobs. Finding
ways to equip these young believers with knowledge and skills for ministry is a
creative adventure in theological education, working in partnership with the OMS
missionary team in Ukraine. Just as the Ukrainian believers follow the early
church model of house churches, we are following the example of Paul’s methods
for leadership training and discipleship.
Paul wrote letters to teach and to encourage the new believers. We are
also writing. Rather than letters, we are developing a series of lessons that
give biblical answers to questions such as: “What will happen at the end of time?”
“Who is the Holy Spirit?” “What is worship?” “What is sin?”
traveled and made personal visits to encourage new believers. In October, I had
the privilege of making my third trip to Ukraine to share in a weekend retreat.
I was asked to teach about developing our friendship with God through the
practice of spiritual disciplines and to lead a discussion on what it means to
be community in Christ. Each time I return, there is a deepening bond of trust.
We discuss joys, questions, and concerns over cups of tea. This is the
life-on-life model of theological education that Jesus modeled with his
young believers represent the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform
lives through their personal testimonies and outreach to others. They represent
the hope of things to come as the kingdom of God extends across Ukraine. As
Paul encouraged Timothy, let’s pray that they will receive and live out these
same words of encouragement: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are
young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in
faith and in purity” (I Timothy 4:12, NIV).
By Colleen Fitch, One
Mission Society Missionary and Theological Education Consultant for Europe