In 2019, the Canadian Bible Society will reach children with God’s Word in Arab-Israel, Armenia, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, and Tanzania.

Children are precious to Jesus. During his ministry on earth, he emphasized the importance of bringing the children to him, saying, “Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19.14). Unfortunately, millions of children today are hindered from knowing about Jesus and his love due to life circumstances such as political conflict, poverty, illiteracy in the family, among others. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) works with other Bible Societies to provide the opportunity for children to encounter Jesus through the Bible.

Projects that help reach children with God’s Word

Arab-Israel: Angels of Galilee

Angels of Galilee is a follow-up to the program, Peace Bible for Children, which targeted children who were exposed to war and conflict. While the Peace Bible for Childrenprogram offers practical lessons for promoting peace and resolving conflict in the community, Angels of Galilee aims to provide children-– especially from impoverished communities – opportunities to learn about God’s Word and its impact on their lives. This program is implemented through summer camps, church events and Bible distribution in schools.

Armenia: Bibles in Public Schools

Since the introduction of religious education into the public school curriculum in Armenia, the teachers charged with this duty have been asking for help, not only in providing Bibles (most of them don’t have their own Bibles), but also with training. The Bible Society in Armenia has initiated a Bible distribution and training program to equip public school and Sunday School teachers with biblical materials and knowledge to help them teach God’s Word effectively to young schoolchildren.

Solvita, one of the teachers who has benefited from this program, shares: “We are grateful to the Bible Society for the help we have had in previous years. All materials produced by the Bible Society are of good quality and we trust them, knowing that these books can be used for children with various religious backgrounds.”

Chile: Kesis

In Chile, problems such as poverty, unhealthy sexual behaviour and influence, early drug consumption, domestic violence and delinquency have had a deep negative impact on the well-being of children and teenagers. These issues not only destroy young lives but also prevent them from knowing the hope and salvation found in Jesus Christ.

The Chilean Bible Society, with the support of CBS, is catching the attention of young people through football (soccer) and bringing them closer to the gospel through the Kesis program. This program is making God’s Word available to young people through various sports activities – tournaments, championships and regular football practices – conducted by churches and municipalities.

Egypt: Kingo Festivals

Kingo is the Arabic version of Kingsley’s Meadows, a video series produced by the American Bible Society. Kingo has become so popular among Egyptian children that the Bible Society in Egypt is now using the character to share Bible stories and demonstrate the relevance of God’s Word in typical situations that children face every day.

Tanzania: Empowering Orphans and Vulnerable Children

The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Tanzania, particularly in the Mbali District, has claimed many lives and left many children orphaned – an estimated 1.3 million children. The number of households headed by children has also increased significantly in recent years.

Research shows that orphans and vulnerable children experience neglect, discrimination, emotional constraints, sexual abuse, burden of hard work, and poverty.

Working alongside The Good Samaritan Program – the United Bible Societies’ response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa – the Bible Society of Tanzania has recently developed a program which aims to educate and empower orphans and children through a series of workshops and training classes. These workshops will not only educate children about HIV/AIDS but also about sexuality, health and their environment, good behaviour and responsible living. Like the Good Samaritan Program, all materials are Bible-based.

The program is in its first year of implementation; CBS will share stories about its impact as they arrive.

There is much work to be done in the lives of children around the world. By supporting the Canadian Bible Society today, you are helping provide a way for underprivileged, hurting, and traumatized children to meet Jesus and experience the love, hope and acceptance that they so desperately need.

Support our work in Arab-Israel, Armenia, Chile, Egypt, and Tanzania. Here’s what your support can accomplish:

  • $30 can provide two children with an Illustrated Bible .
  • $50 will provide five children in Egypt with their very own Bible during the Kingo Festivals.
  • $100 will provide Bibles to 10 children.

Support the Canadian Bible Society’s work in reaching children with God’s Word.

Support the Canadian Bible Society’s work in reaching children with God’s Word.

Crowd of children excited to meet Kingo at the Kingo Festival in Egypt. (Photo: United Bible Societies)