Bible Society Australia’s year in review: translating, distributing, engaging and advocating for the Bible.
With your help, here’s what we’ve achieved.
It’s an honour to introduce you to Bible Society’s 2018-2019 Annual Review. Our international work continues to grow apace and great progress is being made in Bible translation. Read about this important work in Indochina, the South Pacific and here in Australia, below.
We are about to enter our third year of a wonderful Bible Engagement project that was launched in January 2018. This year, 2000 Australian families received a free Toddler Bible after registering their newborn in the Bibles for Bubs program. We will continue to engage with these families for years to come as we encourage a new generation of Australians to look to the Bible as foundational to family life and living.
Again, here at home, we have worked hard to advocate for the Bible in the public square through our news service, Eternity, and Centre for Public Christianity. We were particularly proud of the reach and potential impact of the documentary, For The Love Of God.
The need for the Bible Society in Australia and the world is greater now than ever with 7106 languages spoken but only 697 with full Bibles. Your support through prayer, volunteering and giving remains as important and needed as ever and we could not do this without you.
Translating the Bible into heart languages
Bible for 2 minority ethnic groups
2 other groups
Maumi NT completed after 11 years
Giving the Bible to those without
In Australia, Bibles, New Testaments, Gospels and tracts were distributed including:
- 29,349 through Chaplains and para church ministries
- 9,172 through Bibles in schools
- 8,443 through the Australian Defence Forces
- 16,405 through Indigenous Ministries
Koorong sales help us to fund Bibles for those who can’t afford to pay!
Our brave Bible Society teams, who have chosen to remain and minister in the Middle East, have one simple principle: Jesus is the healer, and God’s word restores broken lives. In Iraq we provide for physical needs with food, medicines and supplies, as well as spiritual needs by providing Bibles and Scriptures. In Syria there are many trauma healing classes up and running but more are needed as instability in the region continues.
Using the Bible to help change lives
- Christ-Centred Mindfulness: Connection to Self and God by Katherine Thompson is a bestseller and was awarded the Dallas Willard Centre’s Book and Research Award for 2019.
- Martin Luther by Mark Worthing received a short-listing in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards
- Iscariot by Mark Worthing was shortlisted for Omega Christian Writers 2019 Caleb Award.
Advocating for the truth, beauty and goodness of the Bible
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