(The Canadian Bible Society received the following report written by Bill Lawton, volunteer for Missionaries Association of Canada, a CBS partner based in Edmonton, Alberta.)
Why 365 in 365? Quotas encourage and motivate me. They give me something concrete to aim for. They may bother some people, but I thrive on them.
by Peter Fleck
Calgary businessman Jason Caldwell credits his faith “in the God of the Holy Bible” with giving him the peace he needed following the tragic death of his 17-year-old twin sons in an after-hours accident at Canada Olympic Park in February 2016.
Speaking at the Calgary Leadership Prayer Breakfast in late October, Caldwell recounted how a number of youths at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel let their “zest for life and adventure” get the better of them.
Meeting at a restaurant after youth group, the teenagers decided to trespass the grounds in the middle of the night and take their toboggans down the steep, icy run built for the luge and bobsled races at 1988 Winter Olympics. What they didn’t realize is that further down, the track had been barricaded and chained off.
“The Scriptures have come to mean comfort and hope to me.“
Beverly Daniels loves to read the Bible, but God’s Word became much more meaningful to her when her mom fell ill. In this video, she talks about how the Scriptures helped her throughout her mother’s illness and death.
Proclamation is the reading of God’s Word aloud in public and in its entirety from beginning to end, traditionally over a 10-day period. Reading schedules, integrating Old Testament readings with Psalms and Proverbs and New Testament readings, have been developed. This event is usually concluded with a Festival of Praise where participating churches come together for an evening of singing, sharing testimonies and listening to special presentations.
Bosco Poon was only 12 years old when his family immigrated to Canada. Life was not easy for Bosco.
Due to his small stature, he was constantly bullied in school. It didn't help that he had a poor grasp of the English language. In high school, Bosco felt a sense of belong when a Chinese gang took him in. This group introduced him to drinking, smoking and drugs.
Initially, the Bible was hope, faith and love. These three things led me to new life in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. I became a new person, a born-again Christian.
I came into jail on Friday, 13 September 2013. The darkest time in my life. I wanted to take and end my life. Everything that I valued in my life was gone. There was no reason to continue living. That was my false reality.
The staff put me in a special cell for inmates with suicidal tendencies. And all that I had, all that I owned, were nothing but my thoughts. In this safe environment, I would have visions that were produced by my mind. I would have visions of animals walking around my cell. Imaginary elderly people who were unknown to me would come to visit. Some were even in wheelchairs.
"The Word totally comes alive to me today that poetry the Lord gives me is so profound it blows me away. So that's how it's important the Word of God is for people who are trying to change their lives." (John Oakley)
John's first encounter with the Bible was in jail. In this video, he shares about his faith journey.
The Canadian Bible Society provides the Key to Freedom Bible to men and women in prison in partnership with prison ministries across Canada.
The Canadian Bible Society partners with the Salvation Army in bringing Christmas hampers to poor families in Vancouver. These Christmas hampers contain gifts - toys, school supplies, books, etc - and the Bible.
Pilar is one of the volunteers who help prepare these hampers. Her faith was put to test when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. During those uncertain days, Pilar relied on God's promises. Here she shares her story.
Bike for Bibles (B4B) is an annual event that brings cycling enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life together for a time of fellowship on the road – with one purpose in mind – to help raise funds for Bible distribution and translation projects of the Canadian Bible Society.
Jason joined B4B in 2014. He shares about his experience during the ride and how it helped him growth in faith.