Bibles for Sports Programs

Working in: Albania, Canada, and Palestine

Sports are great activities which promote the well-being of children. These activities teach them about sportsmanship and teamwork – essential life skills.

For the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) and its partners, sports are effective avenues for introducing the message of the Gospel to children and youth – important foundational knowledge to enable them to experience an abundant life in Jesus.

In Canada, CBS partner, Scripture Union, reaches out to hundreds of school children and youth every summer through their summer sports camp program. Last year, CBS provided 5,000 Bibles called God’s Game Plan. Every child attending their sports camp this summer will receive God’s Game Plan and be taught how to read, reflect, and respond to the Word.

CBS is also in partnership with the Bible Societies in Albania, and Palestine, providing Bibles for children and youth participating in their sports programs.

Alban's story

Alban Ismaili was abandoned by his father when he was a child. Since his mother was not able to take care of him, he ended up in a home in Tirana where he lived with children who also went through dramatic family problems. When he was 12, a group of Bible Society volunteers started a football program at the home for children up to 10 years of age. Alban, along with his friends, would interrupt the sessions by throwing stones, covering a good part of the training ground. They did this for many months until Alban and his friends realized that there was something different about this group – they remained patient and understanding. Eventually, Alban and his friends became a part of the football team. He became involved even after he left the home. Every week, he joined the football team for adults where he was able to hear the Gospel for the first time and receive Scripture verses. Five years after he was introduced to the football program, Alban attended church for the first time and has since attended regularly.

What $50 can do

  • Provide 10 Scripture portions introducing the message of the Gospel to children and youth
  • Provide 5 special Adventure for Life Bibles to kids attending Christian camps in Canada

To donate via cheque, please make your cheque payable to Canadian Bible Society, and mail it to 10 Carnforth Road, Toronto, ON, M4A 2S4. Donations of $10.00 or more will be receipted immediately for online donations, and at year-end for telephone and mail donations.