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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.


 

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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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