Canadian Leadership and the Bible
Toronto, Ontario – 1 June 2012: A survey commissioned prior to Easter 2012 by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies revealed that only 42 percent of those polled agreed with the statement “religion is an important part of my life”. The sad truth is that as our national and global leaders have diminished the role of faith in their own lives, they have influenced the citizens they serve to do likewise. This, of course, does not make them poor leaders – most are men and women of integrity. It simply means they haven’t discovered or encountered the truths of God’s Word in a way that has impacted their lives.
On May 30, in an effort to share the Good News with a key group of Canadian leaders, members of the legislature at the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly were each given a bilingual copy of the world’s best-selling book. Making the donations were representatives of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) including Reverend Ted Seres, CBS national director; Shirley Giberson, governor of CBS for New Brunswick; Reverend Doug Hapeman, CBS president for New Brunswick; and Reverend Dr. Lorne Freake, CBS director for Atlantic Canada.
Reverend Seres commented, “Canada was founded on biblical principles and, as a result, we have been blessed to become an increasingly important player on the world stage”. It is the prayer of everyone at CBS that the truths of Scripture will dramatically transform the hearts and minds of our leaders and that they will become powerful witnesses to the certainty of building one’s life upon the solid rock of Jesus Christ.
Canadian Bible Society presented copies of the bilingual Bible (English-French) to Members of Legislature Assembly in Fredericton, NB on May 30, 2012. Ted Seres (CBS National Director) and Lorne Freake (Dir. of Ministry Advancement-Maritimes) were there to represent the Bible Society. They also stopped by a local radio station to promote the Bible work.
(From left to right): MLA. West McLean (Chair for the Legislative Prayer Group, New Brunswick); Rev. Dr. Lorne Freake ( Director of Ministry Advancement, Maritimes, CBS); Hon. David Alward (Premier, New Brunswick); Mrs. Shirley Giberson (Governor for New Brunswick, CBS); Hon. Dale Graham ( Speaker of the House, New Brunswick); Rev. Doug Hapeman (President, New Brunswick District, CBS); Rev. Ted Seres (National Director, CBS)