A new year begins and it’s time to make “resolutions”. Looking back at the past year, we usually reflect upon the changes we would like to see happen, the goals we would like to achieve. This feeling of a new beginning brought about by a new year increases our hope for change. Perhaps you have already written down your list of resolutions for 2018. However, how many of us can proudly say that we have kept past resolutions? I think we all suffer from the same realization, that we either forget our resolutions, get tired or discouraged along the way.
(As we close 2017, our Director for Scripture Translation, Myles Leitch, shares what the Canadian Bible Society has accomplished through Bible translation work, in this witty, light-hearted diary entry.)
Dear Delirious Diary,
Hmmm, just turning onto Christmas Street here, with another year in the rear-view mirror swinging into view.
Do I honestly feel happy or good about my work as Director of Scripture Translation at CBS? You only see me at my desk, maybe, shuffling papers and answering emails.
I grew up with my grandmother in a small village called Begoro in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Grandma wasn’t formally educated and never spoke English, but she spoke and read Twi (my mother tongue) very fluently. Coming from a lineage of kingmakers, Grandma had the privilege of learning to read and write Twi at night school organized by the Basel Mission of the Presbyterian Church. She had a Twi Bible (Akuapem), which she religiously read to me at dawn and at bedtime. She cherished that Bible until she passed a few years ago.
(To celebrate Thanksgiving day on Monday, October 9, we are featuring this blog post written by Dr. William H. Brackney.)
(The Canadian Bible Society is honoured to be a part of the recently concluded Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival. On its first year, the festival aims to showcase and celebrate faith and family based films. This blog post talks about what transpired during the two-day festival and the Awards Show as shared by CBS’ Regional Director for Ontario, Lisa Pak.)
(September 30 is the United Nations’ International Translation Day. To celebrate this day and the importance of Bible translation, we are featuring this blog post written by one of our Translation Consultants, Jeff Green. The Canadian Bible Society is committed to the accurate translation of God’s Word; it’s not always easy, especially when a language doesn’t have the exact translation of the original text – Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew. The story below illustrates this challenge – and how translators arrived at the perfect word).
This year, the theme of International Youth Day is Youth Building Peace. Our thought and value systems, which are built on the education we receive, form the basis of our involvement in society. As we consider the role young people can play in bringing about peace, let us take time to reflect on the teachings which prompt our youth to build a peaceful society.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Bible Society staff recently held a contest to find out how the Bible helped shape Canada as a nation.
God's Word played an important role in the founding of our nation, and you will see clues in our history, some engraved forever in special spots across the country. The staff contest yielded a lot of interesting facts, some of which are featured below.
TC (Tommy) Douglas was voted the Greatest Canadian of all time in 2004 by the viewers of CBC television. He was born in 1904 in Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland. At the age of six, TC immigrated to Canada with his family and settled in Winnipeg. Shortly before leaving Scotland, he had fallen and injured his right knee. Osteomyelitis had set in requiring numerous surgeries to try and correct the condition. Unfortunately, it flared up again in Winnipeg.
As the oh-so-famous lyrics from Disney’s Aladdin, “A Whole New World”, go:
“A whole new world
With new horizons to pursue
I'll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you.
A whole new world
That's where we'll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me.”