The Bible is the world’s best-selling book. An estimated 5 to 7 billion copies have been produced over the past 1,500 years. But just like the disparity of food and wealth, the world’s distribution of Bibles is majorly out of balance. You likely have at least ten Bibles in your home, a blessing that most of us take for granted. At our fingertips we have numerous copies of the life-changing, life-giving, and life-directing Word of God.
In contrast, many Christians and unbelievers across the world have no access to a Bible. Getting a copy of God’s Word in some countries can even be life-threatening.
In one location, a tiny congregation of ten Christians met to encourage each other in the Lord. But they had a problem—none of them had a Bible and no one knew how to get one.
The pastor of this small flock was a taxi driver. One evening as he finished up his day of work, he noticed a box on the back seat of his car. He took the box home because he had no idea which of his customers had left it there.
When he got home, the pastor and his wife opened the box to see what was inside. To their shock, the box was filled with Bibles! Not twelve. Not nine. But ten—just the right number for their congregation. Who sent them? How did God arrange this miraculous gift? The pastor and his wife wept over the precious Bibles.
“Teach me about you and your Word”
One family who received a Bible shared their harrowing story of pressure, loss, and terror in their country before they moved to another location. The mother of this family remembers the day she cried out to God in her distress. “Lord, teach me about you and your Word so I can hear your voice.” After receiving a Bible she shared, “I want to live like Christ so the rest of my household believes, as the Bible says, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and your household will be saved.’ ”
Ten hours studying the Bible
In another country, a booklet of Scripture-based questions is given along with each Bible distributed. One woman shared, “I would spend ten hours on the study and just sleep for two! Really! I would do my work in the evenings, and then spend all night studying the Bible.
As we enter 2024, we look forward to continue providing Bibles and New Testaments in various parts of the world, Lord willing. Millions of Bibles are in demand! We estimate that the Bibles provided in the next year will cost an average of $2.50 each. God bless you, supporters, for joining us in helping to place His life-changing Word into the hands of anxiously waiting people.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Getting God’s Word into the hands of people, especially in closed countries with limited access, is a high priority for CAM. We endeavor to develop long-term relationships with trusted contacts and verify their work to the extent possible. However, independent verification is often limited, which creates a certain amount of financial risk.
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