The church in China continues to grow. With one million new followers joining the church every year, there are not nearly enough Bibles to go around. And many who live in rural areas struggle to survive on $1 a day, so they cannot afford a Bible even if they could somehow find one to purchase.
Every day, people in the slums deal with alcoholism, exploitation of women, domestic violence, illiteracy, and superstitious beliefs and practices. But in these dark and destitute places, people are finding hope and meaning in life. Christ is born in the hearts and lives of people every day – experiencing Christmas in its truest sense. For that is what Christmas is all about – Christ coming to earth so that we will have a transformed, meaningful life filled with hope.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country in need of healing. Its people still suffer from the wounds caused by the decade-long conflict known as the Second Congo War that left 5.4 million dead and 2.7 million displaced. Added to the casualties of war are nearly 2 million women who were victims of rape and thousands of child-solders (under the age of 18) who now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Malawi is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It is one of smallest countries in Africa and numbered among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy depends on agriculture with the majority of the population – 80% – living in rural areas, and over 50% of the total population living under the poverty line.
For the majority of Malawians, the Bible is a luxury they can’t afford. They can only pray for a Bible of their own, trusting God to provide.
Here in Canada, it’s hard for us to imagine being persecuted for our faith, but Egyptian Christians live it every day. On Palm Sunday alone, two separate bombings claimed the lives of 45 worshipers and wounded 126 more. Despite their grief and pain, Christians are determined, more than ever, to hold firmly to their faith. Please make a gift today to provide the much-needed Bibles to strengthen the Church in Egypt.
At 150, Canada is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of economy and influence. This position has allowed the Canadian Bible Society to be a valuable partner in the global Bible work of the United Bible Societies. While our ministry in Canada continues, we are also making the Bible available overseas. Your support today will ensure that God’s Word will continue to touch hearts and lives in Canada and around the world.