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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.


 

It is hard to imagine what soldiers experience during their military service. May we never forget that many acts of courage have served to protect us and help write the history of our country.

We may never experience what it feels like to be in the frontlines, but we hope that the following selected Bible verses will give us an understanding about our men in uniform’s important calling and sacrifice. May these verses serve as a reminder to honour the memory of those who died serving their country and to pray for protection for those who are in active duty.

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It’s not easy being a mother. And to be a mom and a student at the same time is doubly challenging.  That is why we rejoice with mothers who work so hard to complete their education.

Recently, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) was invited to the graduation ceremony of Toronto City Mission’s (TCM) Role Model Moms program. This program aims to equip moms who are at least 18 years old and have not completed their high school education with the academic knowledge, confidence, and life skills necessary to successfully pass the high school equivalency exam regulated by the government of Ontario. 

CBS representative, Tanya Prinsep, who was at the ceremony to present Bibles to the graduates, shared, “I have to admit that I had tears of delight and joy as these young women received their GED diplomas and shared some of the struggles they overcame to complete the program.”

Read more of Partnership in Focus: Toronto City Mission’s Role Model Moms

Participants of meeting in Toronto

Thursday October 15, 2015

Toronto: Behind every Bible translation and publishing project, there is a long line of technology and expertise that has made the translation and presentation of the new resource possible.

Last month in Toronto, 40 technology professionals from around the world gathered at a hotel near the airport, hosted by the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).

The team included members of the United Bible Societies – the biggest translator, publisher and distributor of the Bible in the world – along with partners from Wycliffe Bible Translators.

This is the first global gathering of ICAP – the Institute for Computer Assisted Publishing – in several years, say organizers. ICAP creates software programs to support Bible translators and publishers, and provides training, encouragement, and support to those who use the tools. 

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2014 numbers: 33.9m full Bibles, 428.2 all Scriptures

October 19, 2015

2014 saw the highest number of printed Bibles ever distributed by Bible Societies around the world. Nearly 34 million full Bibles were distributed, a rise of 6% over 2013’s figures, and 14% higher than the number distributed in the first year of the decade.

The figures are taken from the United Bible Societies’ Scripture Distribution Report, produced annually, which compiles Scripture distribution figures reported by Bible Societies.

In total, 428.2 million Scriptures were distributed by Bible Societies in 2014, including full Bibles, Testaments, Gospels and other smaller Scripture items - representing a 7% and a 17% increase over 2013 and 2010 respectively.

The region reporting the highest distribution in 2014, consistent with previous years, is the Americas, with 341.5 million Scriptures, including 14.4 million full Bibles. This region has seen significant year-on-year increases in Scripture distribution in the first five years of the decade, its 2014 figure nearly 20% higher than 2010’s.

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The Canadian Bible Society concluded its annual cycling event, Bike for Bibles, with the last ride in September. This year, about 150 cyclists across Canada participated in one-day and multi-day rides to raise over $50,000 for the Bible-based HIV/AIDS awareness program, the Good Samaritan.

Bike for Bibles is not just a fundraising event, it is also an opportunity for participants to enjoy fellowship with other cyclists as well as to re-charge spiritually. Many past participants shared that, although physically spent at the end of the rides, they go home with renewed spiritual strength, thanks to the daily devotions prepared by organizers.

Read more of The Big “F” at Bike for Bibles

Translation of the Bible into modern English can be traced back some 600 years. Some of the most prominent names attached to this early work of Bible translation in modern English are John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. However, attempts at translating the Bible into Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon) go back to the work of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century. Today there are so many different versions in English that no one seems to know the exact number. I have heard numbers as high as 600 and Wikipedia gives the number as more than 450.

Read more of There are so many versions of the Bible these days, which version is the best?

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.

Read more of Bosco Poon's Story: Finding hope in prison

Chinese delegation

Friday, August 21, 2015

TORONTO – A delegation from Shanghai Christian Council (SCC) / Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) visited Canada from August 12 – 18, 2015. The visit by five Chinese dignitaries touched on Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, including a visit to the national support office of the Canadian Bible Society at 10 Carnforth Road in Toronto.

Read more of Chinese Delegation Visits Canada to Build and Strengthen Relationships for Future Ministry

Chaplains distributing Bibles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Toronto: As thousands of athletes from around the world prepare to leave the Toronto area to return to their homes after the 2015 Pan Am Games and upcoming Parapan Am Games, they will pack up their memories and their mementos – and for the fortunate few, their hard-won medals.

Many athletes will also tuck a special edition Sports New Testament or other Christian literature into their bags: life-changing resources created especially for them and distributed by caring volunteers during the course of the games.

The Canadian Bible Society partnered with More Than Gold 2015 (representing 10 denominations and more than 50 Christian organizations) and Scripture Union Canada to provide these special Christian Scriptures for distribution at the Athlete’s Village (built to accommodate 10,000 athletes) and other locales around the greater Toronto area.

Read more of International Athletes Take Home Medals, Memories, and Bibles from Pan-Am Games

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Toronto: The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is distributing disaster relief resources to fire-stricken provinces in Western Canada.

Bibles, New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs and Words of Comfort, a booklet designed especially for times of disaster, are on their way to help provide spiritual solace as forest fires continue to rage.

British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have been devastated by fires this summer, blazes some experts say may not be fully contained until the arrival of winter snow, still months away. New fires continue to ignite daily in Canada’s western provinces with troops, firefighters and volunteers fighting the flames and helping beleaguered citizens, thousands of whom have been evacuated from their homes and communities.

Read more of Canadian Bible Society Scripture Resources on Their Way to Fire-Stricken Western Provinces

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