On August 24, 2013, a small group of Canadian Bible Society (CBS) supporters in British Columbia will run through the wilderness of Kinuseo Falls to help raise funds for She’s My Sister, a Bible-based trauma healing program for the women and children impacted by the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
The group, led by Lisa Ramer, will run 48km through the wilderness of Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park at the event they call Monkman Madness.
Lisa Ramer has participated in Bike for Bibles rides, an annual cycling event spearheaded by CBS. However, this year, she decided to raise funds for CBS by participating in another activity that she equally loves: running.
On July 4, 2013, the Canadian Bible Society and Grace Rwanda sponsored a dinner celebrating the end of the 100-day Rwandan genocide 19 years ago. More than 230 people came for the celebration which featured a traditional Rwandan dinner, dance and testimonies. A silent auction was also held, with proceeds going to She's My Sister, a bible-based trauma healing program in Rwanda.
On Saturday, June 1st, 2013, people from all over New Brunswick participated in the first annual Run for the Word 1k/5k walk/run. This year, they walked/ran in support of Bible-based trauma-healing program She's My Sister. She's My Sister specializes in ministering to women and children still feeling the effects of the Rwandan Genocide almost 20 years ago.
Overall, the event raised over $22,000.
The Canadian Bible Society recently released this new video explaining the role of CBS in Bible translation and distribution in Canada and around the world. The video was first released during the Canadian Youth Leader's Lunch Meetings held across Ontario.
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Canadian cyclists are gearing up for another amazing installment of one of our nation’s favourite annual cycling fundraisers, Bike for Bibles. Coordinated by the Canadian Bible Society (CBS), the event’s goal is to raise $150,000 to support trauma healing in Rwanda through “She’s My Sister”, a coalition of faith-based groups that uses Bible-based trauma-healing programs to bring hope to the most vulnerable people in war-torn Africa. The Canadian Bible Society is working to build reconciliation in the continent, giving hope, promoting peace and unity, based on the Bible and God’s love.
Bike for Bibles is cycling enthusiasts’ chance to experience fun, fellowship and fitness while changing the lives of those less fortunate. Each cyclist is asked to fundraise so that as much money can go to support the trauma healing campaign.
On November 13, 2012, the Inuktitut Bible was featured at 100 Huntley Street. Translation Director Hartmut Wiens and Inuktitut translator, Benjamin Arreak shared about the translation work that took over three decades to finish.
Watch the video below for the full story.
31 million Bibles for those who hunger to read God’s Word… from churches, to jungles, to deserts, to the Arctic
The Canadian Bible Society, along with 146 national Bible Societies around the world, has been working diligently to bring the Bible to every man, woman and child since 1904. And yet it’s hard to believe that there are thousands of people still waiting to receive their own copy of the Holy Scriptures. But with the help of many supporters in every corner of the globe, along with the dedication of hard working staff and the leading of the Holy Spirit, this past year we saw that number reduced by millions.
When the Bible is placed into waiting hands, or given to someone who is in need of encouraging words, the impact on their heart can be life-changing as these stories illustrate…
Oi kám-chhia Song-chú, yîn-vi Kì he chü-san; Kì ke chh`ü-oi yún-yén chhòng-chhùn.
A bit confused? Well, this is the opening verse of Psalm 136 in Hakka, the language spoken by four million Hakka people in Taiwan. We recognize the familiar English translation, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever" (NIV). Today, Hakka Christians thank God for his goodness and love made clear through the publication of the Bible in their own language. Until recently, the Bible was not available in Hakka – which explains why only two or three of every 1,000 Hakka in Taiwan have accepted Christ.
To access sites on the Internet, it's necessary to type an address that is globally identifiable. Of course, without a universal system coordinated around the world, the assignment of domain names, addresses, space allocation, country codes and similar organizational tasks would be impossible. This is why the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, was created in 1998.
Recently the American Bible Society (ABS) began the process of working with ICANN to develop a new, top-level domain called .BIBLE. This is a detailed and expensive undertaking that requires, apart from legal and developmental costs, an application fee of $185,000 USD. However, with Internet users expected to double to over three billion in the next four years, the .BIBLE domain will make millions of additional URLs possible. It will also facilitate efforts by faith-based groups, including CBS and the other 145 members of the United Bible Society, to make God’s Word available to countless people in a way that fits their digital lives.
“Every time I visit the Arctic the people ask me, ‘When will we have the complete Bible?’ Now their question can finally be answered”, said Hart Wiens, Director of Scripture translations at CBS. On June 3, in Iqaluit, the capital of the Nunavut territory, milestones were celebrated as a new cathedral was dedicated, two new bishops were consecrated and God’s Word was celebrated. On this brisk, sunny day the Inuit people finally received what they had eagerly awaited thirty-four years for… The Inuktitut Bible – an entire translation in their own tongue! Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people, is the most widely spoken aboriginal dialect in Canada’s Arctic.
Begun in 1978, this historic undertaking marks the first Canadian translation of the whole Bible completed entirely by native speakers rather than missionaries. The Inuktitut Bible is also the first full translation produced in Canada using the cutting edge computer software tools distributed and supported by CBS. Time, care and personal attention by the native translators, along with the CBS software support team, was necessary since Inuktitut was an oral language for thousands of years. Significantly, most modern speakers of Inuktitut are Christian.