200 Million Christians in AFRICA Do NOT have a Bible
It is estimated that over 200 million believers in Africa alone DO NOT HAVE THEIR OWN BIBLES. The church across the world has prayed for missions for decades. God has answered these prayers and thousands of churches are being planted with millions turning to Christ each year (see 2008 statistics). However, we are in danger of making converts and not disciples. Millions do not have access to the Word of God. We work together with BIBLES FOR BELIEVERS to ensure Bibles get to the areas we work in, where it is most needed!
Churches across Africa, India, China, Asia and South America have gone without Bibles for years. Most missionary organizations, church planting movements and evangelists simply cannot provide Bibles out of their budgets. Even where evangelism and church planting have been done in the most responsible way possible, organizations have been victims of their own success – more people are coming to faith than can be catered for in terms of Bible distribution.
It seems as if the Churches which have sent the missionaries, have not realized or been made aware of this substantial backlog. Many Christians do not realize there is a real danger in producing converts and not disciples.
Young believers and new churches have come under the influence of bad teaching, controlling leadership and cultic doctrine. Without the Scriptures these churches and believers could just as well be living in the Dark Ages. Just as before the Reformation individuals had no insight into the Bible and had to believe anything taught from the pulpit, so today millions live without exposure to God’s life giving Word. In many places even the leader has no Bible.
It is in this reality that thousands of new denominations are born. People are led astray, factions abound, knowledge of God dissipates, and people cannot discover God’s will in the pages of Scripture. New believers do not understand Grace, God’s Sovereignty or His love. They cannot find comfort in the Word. Many continue to live in pagan rituals and sinful immorality.
People need the Lord. People need the Word. The only possible solution to this crisis is for every believer, and every church, to make a concerted effort to get the Bible into the hands of poor fellow believers.
There are three main reasons for the lack of Bibles.1. Translations
It is true that there are still many people groups without a Bible or portion of Scripture in their language or dialect. However there are wonderful organizations addressing this challenge. Furthermore, many people speak a second language that does have a translation. While it should be our goal that every believer has the Word in his or her home language, access to a second language does help.2. Illiteracy
In many places literacy and illiteracy play an important factor when it comes to accessing the Scripture. However, most families have at least one person who can read; or if necessary, a friend at church. The problem is that even if everyone could read and no Bibles are available, no one has access.3. Poverty
This is the overriding problem when it comes to the lack of Bibles. In many places a Bible costs a significant portion of a person’s annual income. In some places even more than that. Bibles are available at some shops in some cities or at the Bible Societies. These can be hundreds if not thousands of miles away. For rural people who seldom,if ever, leave their villages the Bible is completely inaccessible. For this reason Bibles for Believers works alongside churches, church planting organizations and in partnership with those who can give, to purchase and deliver God’s Word to God’s people.
As you read this consider for a moment how many Bibles you own. What would it be like if you did not have a Bible and you did not know a single person who owned a Bible?
Now consider this: How much are you willing to sacrifice so that brothers and sisters in Christ may receive a copy of God’s word?
To place a Bible in the hands of a believer amounts to R100 per Bible or R2 500 per box of 20-24 Bibles.
We also provide Bibles to the illiterate believers as well as blind believers. As they cannot read we provide MP3 Bibles which works through a solar panel connected to the player. The cost of a MP3 Bible is US$20.