Biblica

All Things Possible

August 2019

As you read this issue of All Things Possible—and get a glimpse of some of the ways God is using your support—I hope you’ll take a few minutes to make a final Summer Surge gift. Every gift, of any size, by August 31 is another step toward the goal of reaching 127,369 people.

Your partner in ministry,

Geof Morin Geof Morin
President/CEO
Biblica – The International Bible Society

Reach4Life Teen Ministry

How you are bringing the rising generation to Christ

Around the world, children and teens struggle with tough issues. But thanks to caring Biblica supporters like you, many are finding the answers they need through our Reach4Life program.

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“You don’t need much explanation.”

Why contemporary language versions matter

In 10 nations across Africa, your prayers and gifts are at work on 15 crucial translation projects that are expected to be complete by 2022—and serve some 260 million people! Get an update on the Igbo language translation now.

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A Summer of Hope

What you accomplished through Summer Surge 2018

In the final days of Summer Surge 2019, look back at some of the ways God used Biblica supporters like you during Summer Surge 2018!

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A Word from Geof

An encounter with a Syrian refugee family in Jordan became a vivid reminder of what matters most.

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LEGACY GIVING WITH INCOME FOR YOUR FAMILY

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Reach4Life Teen Ministry

How you are bringing the rising generation to Christ

Around the world, children and teens struggle with tough issues: family situations, identity, sexuality, peer pressure, poverty, alienation. ... But thanks to caring Biblica supporters like you, many are finding the answers they need through our Reach4Life program. This special edition of God’s Word, translated into 11 languages so far, brings the text to life for young people by applying it to the situations they face every day. And it is working!

In Saudi Arabia ...

... where Sujith from Inter College Prayer Fellowship took five copies to a teen camp. “Everyone wants this book,” he says. “We are having to take photocopies because of the demand. I am using Reach4Life because it covers teen issues such as media and relationships. It’s all so useful for Kingdom expansion.”

In Eswatini ...

... where 17-year-old Nokuthula heard the message her heart had been waiting for. “Things were very tough at home after both my parents died,” she says. “I met an older guy who promised to take care of me and my siblings. I fell pregnant at 15, and he disappeared. Reach4Life came to my school and our first lesson was ‘Tough Times.’ I felt pain leaving my heart after hearing that God loves me and that He is able to carry me through anything. I look forward to a better future with Christ.”

In India ...

... where a seemingly chance meeting became an answer to prayer. Srikanth and his friends had encountered obstacles every time they tried to start a fellowship group on or near a college campus. On a prayer walk around one campus, he bumped into a stranger who turned out to be a local pastor searching for an opportunity to reach out to college students. With the gift of 50 copies of Reach4Life, they had 30 attendees at their first fellowship meeting. Many of the students were Hindu and Muslim, and they loved the fellowship and said they would attend regularly.

In the Philippines ...

... where both students and facilitators are seeing their faith grow. One teen said, “I really like the part called ‘Reality Bites’; it depicts the things we usually experience and the questions we are shy to ask.” Another explained, “What I like most is its effectiveness. Its English is easy to understand for teenagers. I also like the purpose of it, and the eye-opening to some teens in the world of sex, a topic which most of us can relate to.” A facilitator commented, &ldqinuo;As a teacher of God’s Word, it gives me a wider knowledge about the real experience of many young people. With the help of the Reach4Life Bible, I became more comfortable to reach out to young people.”

In South Africa ...

... where teens are stepping up to mentor their peers. Twelfth grader Ashwin shares, “I was a Fox Peer Educator [older student teaching younger students] last year. I led a group of 80 students and taught Reach4Life on Fridays after school. Here in Mpumalanga there’s not a lot of activities for the youth. Most of my peers become teen parents and some end up in jail. I know how hard it is to survive high school. So when I heard of Reach4Life, I wanted to be part of it. This book is life-changing. The program is easy and very interesting to the youth. The training manual made it easy to teach in ways that kept everyone coming to my group. I plan to continue teaching it now as a full Peer Educator in my area.”

Thank you for helping the Reach4Life program grow through your ongoing support!

“You don’t need much explanation.”

Why contemporary language versions matter

In 10 nations across Africa, your prayers and gifts are at work on 15 crucial translation projects that are expected to be complete by 2022. For many of the language groups, it will be the first contemporary translation of God’s Word, while 10 million Ibibio speakers in Nigeria can look forward to their first-ever translation of the New Testament in May of 2020. Overall, these projects are expected to serve 260 million people!

One project nearing completion is the contemporary Igbo translation of the whole Bible, with the New Testament expected to be ready in time for Christmas. For the first time, 27 million Igbo speakers—especially the young people—will have the opportunity to read and understand the story of Christ’s birth in their mother tongue.

“In Nigeria, our youth speak English,” explains missionary Mrs. Chinyelu Obikwelu. “But their thought pattern is not English, even when they read the English Bible. The Bible in Igbo that we have is far beyond them. I will now read it in the contemporary Igbo. You don’t need much explanation. Instead, they will explain it to you and tell you what they got from it. So it is very, very welcome.”

Youth pastor Rev. Joseph Okorie Agu agrees. For years he has watched his fellow pastors struggle to preach from the English Bible or an outdated Igbo version that many don’t understand themselves. “When you give them the Bible, then they will be able to read it,” he says. “We need the Bible that will help us as preachers. If this new one will come up, it will make it easy for us, for the pastors to be able to read and also to understand.”

Their words highlight the importance of what God is doing through you in Africa right now. The problem is repeated again and again—people unable to understand what God wants them to know, unable to build a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, feeling that God may not truly care about them because He doesn’t seem to speak their language. Contemporary language translations are the answer!

Please join us in praying for the speedy and smooth completion of these vital projects and that God will use them to bring a revival of faith and hope across Africa.

A Summer of Hope

We thank God for everyone who joined in!

Through your support last year, including Summer Surge 2018:

2,014,185 lives were impacted with God’s Word

45 translation projects were ongoing

485,386 youth were reached with God’s Word in their language

10,665 chapters of the NIV Bible were downloaded digitally every minute

67 translations of the NIV Bible were available online 24/7 through YouVersion

A Word from Geof

Dear Friend,

In a one-room apartment in Jordan, two little boys about the age of my own daughters played on the floor. I could picture them going to school with my girls, going to the same birthday parties ... if things were different.

Their father was a lot like you or me—middle-class, hard-working, loves his kids. He told me their story: forced to flee their home in Syria or die, arriving in Jordan with just a little money and being robbed even of that, now jobless and renting this tiny apartment illegally. Future uncertain, to say the least. All I could think of was the story of Job.

Yet this man was not sad. He held out to me a tattered Bible—a contemporary Arabic translation given to him by Biblica supporters like you. Clearly, he had read it a lot. “If I had not been through all of this,” he said, “I would not have come to know Jesus. Jesus is worth much, much more than all of that.”

Out of unimaginable suffering, God had brought this family into indescribable joy—through His Word.

When I ask you to take part in Summer Surge 2019: So All Will Know before it ends on August 31, I’m asking on behalf of families like this one. Millions of people the world over still need their first opportunity to know their Savior. God will give them that opportunity, if you and I open the door.

As you read this issue of All Things Possible, I hope you will reflect on all that God can do through your prayers and financial support. I am privileged every day to serve the Kingdom with people like you!

Your partner in ministry,

Geof Morin
President/CEO
Biblica – The International Bible Society

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