Equip ADF chaplains

Provide Scriptures for defence force chaplain ministry


Bible Society Australia (BSA) seeks to serve and equip chaplains who are working with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), ministering to Australians serving within the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO), by providing Bibles and Scripture Resources through a Scripture Grant.

Every new soldier who joins the defence force is offered a copy of the Army New Testament, containing pictures of soldiers in action, a message from the Chief of the Army and an overview of the main message of the Bible by Roger Marsh, coordinating chaplain at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre near Wagga Wagga in NSW.

“We find that they are readily taken and so pretty much a New Testament is placed into the hands of every soldier in the Australian Army,” says Martin de Pyle, Senior Staff Chaplain at Army Headquarters in Canberra, who was involved in creating the new edition.

Bible Society also distributes a special waterproof New Testament for the RAAF as well as supplying full Bibles to the armed forces and other frontline chaplains through its Scripture grants program.

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There is sustained demand for specialty Scriptures in the ADF, as men and women take up the opportunity to search the truths of the Bible, encouraged by their chaplains (sometimes affectionately called “Padres”).

Bible Society has provided specialised ADF badged Bibles for members of the armed forces for over 100 years.

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