Welcome to the latest Word@Work. As we start a new year, I’m reminded of how the pages of the Bible can dramatically transform cultures, communities and individual lives. In fact, during these past 12 months more people were impacted by the translation, publishing and distribution efforts of our dedicated Canadian Bible Society staff than I can ever remember happened previously.
We’re thrilled that CBS has become a recognized global leader in electronic Bible distribution. Did you know that every 1.5 seconds a Bible is downloaded for the first time and every second someone highlights a verse and then shares it with a friend or posts it on a social network? To ensure that Scriptures are available through the latest cutting-edge tools, a new Bible app is now free for mobile users through a partnership between CBS and Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH). By working with ministries like FCBH we are able to cost-effectively multiply our outreach in various and unique ways.
Government officials are not immune to the gentle persuasion of the Holy Spirit. In an effort to share the Good News with a group of Canadian leaders, members of the House at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly were each given copies of the world’s best- selling book. During the presentation, I was able to share that 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’s the prayer of everyone at CBS that God’s truth will dramatically transform the hearts and minds of our leaders.
34 years in the making! We rejoice in declaring that this summer, in Iqaluit, Nunavut territory, the Inuit people ƒnally received what they had eagerly waited for … The Inuktitut Bible – an entire translation in their own tongue. Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people, is the most widely spoken aboriginal dialect in Canada’s Arctic. As Hart Wiens, our director of Scripture translation, shared at the happy dedication, “Every time I visit the Arctic, people ask me, ‘When will we have the complete Bible?’ Now their question can finally be answered – today is the day”.
Of course, the “race” we at CBS are privileged to run is made possible by the generosity and sacrificial giving of people like you. On behalf of our field workers, translators, teachers and office staff we thank you so very much for all you've done. May the Lord richly bless you this year.
Your friend and servant,
REV. TED SERES