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Exciting things are happening in the Bible work around the world. People are finding hope, comfort, and renewed lives as God speaks to them through His Word - in their language!

We are delighted to share these stories of God’s amazing work.


 

“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. 


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Stanley had never held a Bible in his hands, let alone read one. So when he joined the Scripture Union Sports Camp this summer and was handed a sports New Testament created for Scripture Union by the Canadian Bible Society, he looked at it – confused – and asked his coach, “Is this a dictionary?”

Like Stanley, many children who go through these sports camps have never seen or owned a Bible. The primary reason is that their family doesn’t go to church or doesn’t own a Bible.
 
As for me, I was introduced to the Bible by my parents at an early age, so it is hard for me to imagine what it’s like to grow up in a home where God’s Word is not read and talked about. I may not have understood completely the importance of the Bible when I was very young, but, looking back, those years of reading Bible stories and memorizing Christian Scriptures have developed in me the appreciation for God’s Word and the role it played – and continues to play – in my life. It definitely helped me navigate through the treacherous teenage years, gave me wisdom for those life-changing decisions, and provided a guide for day-to-day situations. Most importantly, the Bible led me to Jesus, my Saviour, Friend, and Anchor in life.

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The Canadian Bible Society has for over 110 years shown its commitment and passion to make the Bible available in the first language of every person in Canada and around the world. Our commitment is more than just putting that Bible into a person’s hand, through sales or free distribution. It goes further. It means being committed to that person understanding this book and realizing that it is not like any other book in the world. This book’s message is life-giving.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – As summer fades into fall in Canada, and students once again fill classrooms from coast-to-coast, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is reaching out to equip some of them with God’s Word.

In partnership with International Student Ministries Canada—a Christian charitable organization whose vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ—CBS will be distributing over 1,000 Bibles, New Testaments and testimonies (of previous international students) to young adults newly arrived in Canada.

International Student Ministries Canada (ISMC) focuses on reaching international students during their time in this country, providing friendship and helping them adjust to Canadian culture and their new learning context.

“We really see how these gifts [of the Scriptures] speak to them,” says Stephen Scott of International Student Ministries Canada. “As they embrace the truth, it transforms their lives.”

“The Canadian Bible Society exists to translate, publish, and distribute the Christian Scriptures,” says Jonathan Dent “and to promote and encourage the use of the Bible, here in Canada and around the world. In partnership with ISMC, we are able to put God’s Word into the hands of young people who will take it back to their home countries, their families, or wherever God calls them.”

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Wednesday August 3, 2016

TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) –This summer, thousands of Canadian children and youth will attend summer camps from coast to coast. Many of them will receive a free copy of the Adventure for Life Bible, designed especially for them. 

Each summer, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) extends its engagement with Canadian children and youth who attend Christian camps. “The response to the Adventure for Life Bible is overwhelmingly positive,” says Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society. “Camp staff recognize the value of a Bible geared specifically to the camp experience, and young campers are thrilled to receive their own free Bible,” he says. “The Adventure for Life Bible includes the entire Scriptures in an easy-to-read New Living Translation as well as sections on how to read the Bible, how to pray, what the Bible says about forgiveness, great Bible chapters, where to find specific topics or stories, and what to read in specific circumstances.”
 
Since its publication in 2015, more than 31,000 copies of the Adventure for Life (Child) Bible – created especially for children who attend Canadian Christian camps – were distributed to campers across Canada. An additional 7,800+ copies of the youth version of the Bible were also distributed.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – One of Canada’s most mature Christian ministries celebrates a significant anniversary in June. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) turns 110 on June 26. 

On the cusp of its 111th year, CBS is strategically poised for continuing impact for years to come.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, the newly appointed National Director of CBS, will lead the growing ministry team, shepherding the organization forward in its work of connecting people with the life-changing power of God’s Word through translation, publication, distribution, and engagement. 

Dent says, “Like any milestone birthday, our 110th presents an ideal opportunity to give thanks to God, our donors, and our partners in ministry for all that has happened in the past, and to look forward with anticipation to a new era of ministry in Canada and around the world.”

Looking forward strategically involves acknowledgement of what has already been achieved. 2015 was a banner year for CBS as the organization adopted a strategic plan to chart its course over the next several years. CBS also launched new initiatives and strengthened existing partnerships and projects in the four focal points of translation, publication, distribution, and engagement. 

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Disaster distribution resources

​Friday May 6, 2016

TORONTO—(Canadian Christian News Service)—The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is mobilizing resources and meeting with local ministry leaders as they support those who have been evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta. More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes and communities as devastating wildfires continue to rage out of control.

“A disaster like this hard to believe at times,” says Marvin Busenius, Director of Ministry Advancement, Alberta, British Columbia for CBS. “I have been meeting with pastors and other church and ministry staff from the Fort McMurray area, many of whom know they have lost their own homes. I’ve also had talks with representatives from Christian organizations, including the Salvation Army and Samaritan's Purse, to strategize about how best to get helpful resources into the hands of those who urgently need them.”

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​I will soon be leaving the Canadian Bible Society in order to give birth for the first time. I imagine that many mothers-to-be are, like me, experiencing a certain level of anxiety, fear of the unknown, and excitement as this major event is drawing near. I am therefore focusing this last blog post on preparing for childbirth, which dovetails with the upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day. The following 10 Bible verses are meant to help all expectant mothers prepare mentally and spiritually for the birth of their baby.

1. “Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.” Philippians 4.6 (GNT)

2. “Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice. My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23.25-26 (NKJV)

3. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry’.”  Hebrews 10.35-36-37 (NKJV)

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Translation workshop

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Inuktitut Bible is being revised.

Inuktitut is the language of some 30,000 Inuit living in the Eastern Arctic and Northern Quebec.

The translation of the whole Bible into Inuktitut was completed 3 years ago, the fruit of a 25 year collaboration between the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of the Arctic) and the Canadian Bible Society.

Speaking of the old Labrador Inuit translation (a different dialect from Inuktitut), Reverend Jonas Allooloo affirms: “God used the old translation, even though it was not perfect. God still used it to make new disciples. With the new translation we have produced, it is better understood now. Many people are overjoyed.”  Reverend Allooloo is Dean of St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral, in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and is one of the long term members of the Inuktitut translation team.

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