October 19, 2015
2014 saw the highest number of printed Bibles ever distributed by Bible Societies around the world. Nearly 34 million full Bibles were distributed, a rise of 6% over 2013’s figures, and 14% higher than the number distributed in the first year of the decade.
The figures are taken from the United Bible Societies’ Scripture Distribution Report, produced annually, which compiles Scripture distribution figures reported by Bible Societies.
In total, 428.2 million Scriptures were distributed by Bible Societies in 2014, including full Bibles, Testaments, Gospels and other smaller Scripture items - representing a 7% and a 17% increase over 2013 and 2010 respectively.
The region reporting the highest distribution in 2014, consistent with previous years, is the Americas, with 341.5 million Scriptures, including 14.4 million full Bibles. This region has seen significant year-on-year increases in Scripture distribution in the first five years of the decade, its 2014 figure nearly 20% higher than 2010’s.
Friday, August 21, 2015
TORONTO – A delegation from Shanghai Christian Council (SCC) / Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) visited Canada from August 12 – 18, 2015. The visit by five Chinese dignitaries touched on Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, including a visit to the national support office of the Canadian Bible Society at 10 Carnforth Road in Toronto.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Toronto: As thousands of athletes from around the world prepare to leave the Toronto area to return to their homes after the 2015 Pan Am Games and upcoming Parapan Am Games, they will pack up their memories and their mementos – and for the fortunate few, their hard-won medals.
Many athletes will also tuck a special edition Sports New Testament or other Christian literature into their bags: life-changing resources created especially for them and distributed by caring volunteers during the course of the games.
The Canadian Bible Society partnered with More Than Gold 2015 (representing 10 denominations and more than 50 Christian organizations) and Scripture Union Canada to provide these special Christian Scriptures for distribution at the Athlete’s Village (built to accommodate 10,000 athletes) and other locales around the greater Toronto area.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Toronto: The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is distributing disaster relief resources to fire-stricken provinces in Western Canada.
Bibles, New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs and Words of Comfort, a booklet designed especially for times of disaster, are on their way to help provide spiritual solace as forest fires continue to rage.
British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have been devastated by fires this summer, blazes some experts say may not be fully contained until the arrival of winter snow, still months away. New fires continue to ignite daily in Canada’s western provinces with troops, firefighters and volunteers fighting the flames and helping beleaguered citizens, thousands of whom have been evacuated from their homes and communities.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
TORONTO—Don Hutchinson, National Director, CEO (Interim) for the Canadian Bible Society and Don Miller, Director of Canadian Ministry met with the Honourable Bal Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State for Sport, to present special editions of Christian Scriptures. Gosal (MP, Bramalea-Gore-Malton) was given English/Spanish and French/Portuguese New Testaments and a four-language (Spanish, Portuguese, French and English) version of the Gospel of John.
The meeting highlighted the Canadian Bible Society’s vital partnership with the multi-faith chaplaincy of the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games. It took place Wednesday, June 24 at Gosal’s constituency office in Brampton, Ontario.
The Canadian Bible Society published and packaged the New Testaments which are now stocked in the Athletes’ Village for distribution by More Than Gold. The Gospel portions will be distributed outside of event venues. The Village will soon become a home away from home for thousands of athletes from 41 countries who will participate in the Games – the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
TORONTO—As this city prepares to host 7,500 athletes and up to a quarter-of-a-million visitors and volunteers from 41 countries for this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the Canadian Bible Society is taking steps to ensure God’s Word will be readily available for those who want to read it.
Athlete’s Village (a home away from home for competitors throughout the Games) will be stocked with special edition Sports New Testaments. The Christian Scriptures – specially published and packaged for these Games in partnership with More than Gold – will be dropped off at St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power St, Toronto) at 10 a.m. on June 17.
More Than Gold 2015 (a partnership of some 300 individual Christian leaders representing over 10 denominations and more than 50 organizations) staff and volunteers will move 6000 New Testaments and other supplies into the Village throughout the day. CBS will also be providing a full braille Bible for the Games.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
TORONTO, Ontario—(Canadian Christian News Service) The Canadian Bible Society, in partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) is seeking the public’s assistance to help a lost Bible find its way home.
Even if “home” is at the ends of the Earth.
The Bible in question shows evidence of being dearly loved, a priceless treasure. And when it came into the possession of one of the FCPO’s members, he knew he had to see it safely back into the hands of its owner.
Friday, April 24, 2015
GUELPH, Ont. – (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) – The Mother Tongue Translator (MTT) Workshop, April 20-24, is a one-week workshop, held in Guelph, Ont., and hosted by the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) for First Nations translators who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in translation principles.
The workshop is targeted to both beginner and more experienced translators who wish to be more effective in written communication in their own language, and interact with other First Nations speakers who are engaged in language development.
Building on years of partnership and expertise in First Nations translation of Scripture, this workshop equips First Nations speakers interested in doing translation at the personal, family, community, church, band, or business level.
Monday, March 16, 2015
TORONTO - (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) - Dr. William Brackney, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Myles Leitch as Director of Scripture Translation for the Canadian Bible Society.
Dr. Leitch's background - as a professional academic linguist and professor (most recently with Tyndale University College & Seminary) combined with more than 20 years of service as a linguistic consultant and field director in Francophone Africa with Wycliffe-SIL - will contribute significantly to and guide the work of the Scripture Translation Department in the years ahead.
Bible program tackles domestic violence in the Caribbean Marking International Women’s Day, March 8 Say the word ‘Caribbean’ and many people think of wide sandy beaches, palm trees and holidays - a kind of paradise. But for a growing number of women there, life is anything but paradise, blighted by the violence they experience at home. That’s why Bible Societies in the region are using the Bible to tackle this increasing scourge, with encouraging results.
*Mary had been trapped in a violent relationship for many years, with her partner’s attacks landing her in hospital several times. She was desperate for help but had no idea what to do. When the Bible Society began equipping churches to assist victims of domestic violence, Mary finally received the help she needed and is starting to turn her life around.