WHY PROVIDE BIBLES?
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message,
and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, Romans 10:17 reminds us.
My favorite theologian of all time is my grandmother Njoki. She also happened to be illiterate but her knowledge of the bible – and practice thereof – were unparalleled. Grandma Njoki, and many others like her in the global world, value and treasure God’s word so much that they hear it from others and they master and memorize it, knowing it is the daily sustenance they need to overcome the adverse situations in which they live. They literally live on the word of God, as they do not have many answers for the challenges they face daily. Back home we have a saying, “You never know that God is all you need until you realize that God is all you have.” When faced with the most tumultuous challenges, the word of God is truly the anchor for hope.
A friend of mine from the U.S. recently traveled to Uganda. He was asked to teach a Sunday school class to over 100 kids. He asked the class to open their bibles to a certain passage; to his shock and utter dismay only one child had a bible.
As he tried to rationalize how a class of over 100 kids had only one bible, the children asked him what story he wanted to teach. As soon as he mentioned the parable of the Good Samaritan, the kids began to compete over who would recite it. One after the other they shared the story almost verbatim.
My friend stood in awe of these children who had treasured the word so much that they hid it in their hearts. He went from feeling sad to convicted and challenged to treasure God’s word and know it as these children had done. Needless to say when he got back to America he immediately got to work to provide bibles not only to the 100 kids he taught, but to the entire school they attended. I wonder how different those kids are now that they actually have bibles of their own.
Many in the global world do not have access to their own personal bible, and the ones who do own a bible treasure it and use it to the fullest. Providing bibles to those in need is of utmost importance because when faced with life’s trials, only God and His word are big enough to contain them.
Would you consider joining this movement to change the world by giving life (literally!) to many who would never dream of owning a bible? More importantly, how different would your life be if you learned to treasure and know the word like the people who do not have ready access to the bible?
Harrison Christian Kiarie Mungai
Global Engagement Pastor