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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.


 

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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Toronto, ON — Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering which takes place after two major commercial events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the day when charities, companies and individuals join together to focus on giving.

For Giving Tuesday, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) will invest proceeds to the Cuba Million Bible Mission.  

In the last two decades, God has been blessing Cuba’s churches with unprecedented growth. A recent report states, “The Catholic Church now has more than a million active members, and the number of Protestant Christians has increased threefold over the past decade to at least 900,000. Total, that’s around 20% of the 11 million people in Cuba—and rising.”

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Translation in process

Monday, November 23, 2015

TORONTO - It has been more than 60 years in development, but the Yup’ik-speaking people of the Southwestern Arctic now have the complete Bible in their own language, thanks to the help of the Canadian Bible Society.

Yup’ik is the aboriginal Inuit language of people who reside in western and south central Alaska. Written with the Latin alphabet, translation work on the Yup’ik New Testament was completed in the mid-1950s; work on the Old Testament began in the early 1970s. Translators - when they weren’t out on the land hunting and fishing – worked alone in their homes or gathered in Bethel, Alaska to work as a team.

The Yup’ik Bible effort was a partnership involving dozens of individuals. The Moravian Church initiated the project with financial support from the American Bible Society (ABS), translation support from the United Bible Societies (UBS), SIL and Wycliffe Translators. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) was the final link in the chain providing computer support, which dates back to the mid-1990s.

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In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent launches a new year. The primary theme of this season is one of expectation for Jesus to come. Unfortunately, for many of us in Canada, we tend to be so busy with the full to-do list of the season that we miss out on this expectation of excitement.

We make holiday plans, we shop for gifts, we put up decorations, we make sure cards were mailed on time, and all of that, while keeping to our budget. It’s no wonder that Christmas has become one of the most stressful times of the year for many of us. Sadly, because of our busyness, we forget to spend time with the Person who really matters: Jesus.

This Christmas, we challenge you to make this season less stressful and more Christ-centred. Here are a few suggestions:

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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.

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Jesus exhorts us to, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19.14 ESV). That’s why it is a huge part of the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) to reach out to the next generation with the Word of God. This past summer, CBS partnered with summer camps across the country, making the “Adventure for Life” Bible available to children and teens. For some of these children, the Bible they received at these camps was their first-ever copy.

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