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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!

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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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Bibles being distributed in Cuba

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TORONTO, Ontario — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — The world – and especially Canadians who make up the majority of foreign visitors to Cuba – are watching and waiting as American/Cuban relations reach the warmest level they have been in decades.

Cuba is a favourite tourist destination for Canadians – and it is a country where the Church has flourished under difficult conditions for years. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is partnering with the United Bible Societies to help provide the Cuban Church, and ordinary Cuban Christians, with one million Bibles in the next 18 months.

“The Canadian Bible Society is coming alongside the Church in Cuba, a church that grows by 15 percent each year, to provide Bibles that will change lives by bringing God’s Word to the people there,” says Alain Montano Hdez, leader of the Cuban Biblical Commission. “This is a country where scraps of Scripture have been passed on pieces of paper hand-to-hand between believers, because Bibles just were not available.”

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Winter is a difficult time for many Canadians. Lack of sunlight, cold weather and short days are all factors which make us want to hibernate, and not wake up until the Spring…

However, with a good attitude and some words of encouragement, one can change all this negativity into the joy of living. In fact, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience four completely different seasons. God has given us this privilege, and we should be grateful for it. Therefore, here are five verses that will help you love winter.

Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. Only God’s Spirit gives new life. The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to. You can hear the wind, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. John 3.7-8 (CEV)

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Ron Mostrey, President of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and Don Miller, Director of Canadian Ministries of the Canadian Bible Society, holding customized Gospels of John

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TORONTO, Ontario -- (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) -- The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO).

Building on a common desire to make scriptures accessible to those serving on the front lines of peace work in Canada, CBS and FCPO will engage in a distribution project to place a specially created version of the Gospel of John in the hands of peace officers across the country.

The scriptures will be distributed through FCPO chapters across Canada, at special events, and to individual members by FCPO members.

“When we think about our mandate to make scriptures available to everyone and anyone, and in the easiest of places and the toughest of places, this partnership makes perfect sense,” says Don Miller, Director of Canadian Ministry for CBS. “This Gospel of John will be in some very tough places indeed.”

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This coming February 12, we will celebrate the reopening of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) store, the Maison de la Bible de Québec (Quebec City Bible House). The event will begin at 1 p.m., in front of the store, located at 1025, Saint-Jean Street. The inaugural ribbon will be cut by Mr. Alain Pouliot, episcopal vicar of the Quebec City Archdiocese. The guests will then proceed inside, where Mr. Claude Noël, secretary of the Fraternité des Ouvriers Évangéliques (Brotherhood of Evangelical Workers) for the Quebec region, will ask for the Lord’s blessing.  Cocktails and cakes will then be served, in a festive setting.

A New Environment

The Maison de la Bible has been part of the scenery, on Saint-Jean Street, since 1923. Toward the end of October 2015, renovations began in order to rejuvenate the store’s front as well as the inside. The previous improvements dated back to 1985. The clients will now be welcomed into a much more modern, cleaned up and attractive environment. The changes include the addition of a children’s area and of a reading corner, which give the store a warmer feel.

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On the Road cover

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

As Syrian refugees pour into Canada, Canadians are preparing to embrace our new citizens and offer practical assistance from warm clothing to housing to English lessons.

The Canadian Bible Society is providing a resource to also offer spiritual help to refugees and immigrants who have lived through unbelievable hardship and uncertainty – and are now in the first days of their new life in Canada.

“On the Road” is a booklet available in Arabic, Farsi, French, Chinese and English and written in collaboration with people who have experienced the harsh realities of life as a migrant. This booklet is available in limited quantities, at no charge, to Canadian ministries working directly with refugees.

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