Giving Tuesday raised over $4600 for the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project
On December 1, 2015, thousands of charities across North America celebrated the start of the giving season through Giving Tuesday. This movement, which started in 2012, encourages people to give back after spending money during the two major commercial events – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) joined the movement for the first time, raising over $4600 towards the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project.
Cuba: Million Bible Mission is a five-year project with the aim of providing Bibles to growing churches in Cuba. The country has been experiencing an unprecedented growth in Christianity, at a pace of 10-25% a year. While this is encouraging news for Christians in the country, it also poses a great challenge for church leaders: they don’t have enough Bibles to give to new believers who have the insatiable desire to read and know more about God’s Word. Literacy rate is high – nearly 100% – in Cuba, but they are still far behind in the use of modern technology, that is why churches have no other option but to buy Bibles from bookshops. Unfortunately, most of the churches in Cuba are poor and unable to purchase much-needed Bibles. And if they are able to afford Bibles, bookstores – including state-run bookshops – don’t have enough stocks for distribution. Supply and resources are just not enough to keep up with the growing number of Christians in the country.
CBS Major Gift Officer Reg Graves, who visited Cuba twice, said, “Coming from a country where we have such easy access to Bibles, it is difficult to see Bible poverty in Cuba.”
Recently, a team of Bible Society supporters visited churches in Cuba where they saw first-hand the great need for Bibles. A member of the team shared, “In every church we visited, and from every pastor we spoke with, we heard of a hunger for Bibles and a lack of resources to supply Bibles not only to those outside the church who are interested in reading it but to members of the church as well.”
“We need to continue to give and pray so that our brothers and sisters in Cuba can have God’s Word,” Reg added.
Through the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project and the support of faithful donors, CBS will address this need. Donations towards Giving Tuesday will be used to meet this goal.
Bible poverty in Cuba exists because the number of Bibles and engagement resources in Cuba lags far behind the growth of Christianity… and Cubans cannot afford to import high quality Bibles. Today, we have a mandate to support the growing church and help a new generation in Cuba enjoy a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
— Cuba: Million Bible Mission Report