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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.


 
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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Guest Post by Violet Nesdoly

Wherever we are these days—waiting to pick up our kids at school, in a lineup or around a table in a restaurant, in a hall waiting for the lecture to begin—chances are many around us are engrossed in their phones or tablets. Despite how antisocial they appear, they may well be socializing after all, not with those around them but with someone on social media.

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Stack of Farsi Bibles

Thursday, December 17, 2015

TORONTO—Christmas will be a little brighter for clients of Toronto’s Scott Mission this year, thanks to a partnership with the Canadian Bible Society (CBS), which will allow the mission to distribute thousands of New Testaments to their clients.

The Scott Mission is a Christian, non-denominational street mission in downtown Toronto that serves the poor and needy, offering support and provisions for the homeless, low-income families, children and youth.

“By Christmas Day, we expect to serve nearly 3,000 families who come for free Christmas hampers,” says Peter Duraisami, Chief Executive Officer of The Scott Mission. “We will be giving them the New Testaments. Then on Christmas day we will be feeding nearly 300 homeless men and we look forward to giving each one of them the gift of a Bible as well.”

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The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is celebrating the festive season with a unique "tree" - made entirely out of nearly 300 CBS Bibles. The "Tree of Life" is built with Bibles in over 20 versions and 10 languages!

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On December 1, 2015, thousands of charities across North America celebrated the start of the giving season through Giving Tuesday. This movement, which started in 2012, encourages people to give back after spending money during the two major commercial events – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) joined the movement for the first time, raising over $4600 towards the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project.

Cuba: Million Bible Mission is a five-year project with the aim of providing Bibles to growing churches in Cuba. The country has been experiencing an unprecedented growth in Christianity, at a pace of 10-25% a year. While this is encouraging news for Christians in the country, it also poses a great challenge for church leaders: they don’t have enough Bibles to give to new believers who have the insatiable desire to read and know more about God’s Word. Literacy rate is high – nearly 100% - in Cuba, but they are still far behind in the use of modern technology, that is why churches have no other option but to buy Bibles from bookshops. Unfortunately, most of the churches in Cuba are poor and unable to purchase much-needed Bibles. And if they are able to afford Bibles, bookstores – including state-run bookshops – don’t have enough stocks for distribution. Supply and resources are just not enough to keep up with the growing number of Christians in the country.

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