​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,

An Example for the Believers

November 10 2015

Sitting 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.

Everyone 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?”

Paul 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 disciples.

These 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

Tags: ukraine, youth, community, retreat, theological education,