On December 1, 2015, thousands of charities across North America celebrated the start of the giving season through Giving Tuesday. This movement, which started in 2012, encourages people to give back after spending money during the two major commercial events – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) joined the movement for the first time, raising over $4600 towards the Cuba: Million Bible Mission project.
Cuba: Million Bible Mission is a five-year project with the aim of providing Bibles to growing churches in Cuba. The country has been experiencing an unprecedented growth in Christianity, at a pace of 10-25% a year. While this is encouraging news for Christians in the country, it also poses a great challenge for church leaders: they don’t have enough Bibles to give to new believers who have the insatiable desire to read and know more about God’s Word. Literacy rate is high – nearly 100% - in Cuba, but they are still far behind in the use of modern technology, that is why churches have no other option but to buy Bibles from bookshops. Unfortunately, most of the churches in Cuba are poor and unable to purchase much-needed Bibles. And if they are able to afford Bibles, bookstores – including state-run bookshops – don’t have enough stocks for distribution. Supply and resources are just not enough to keep up with the growing number of Christians in the country.
Toronto, ON — Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering which takes place after two major commercial events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the day when charities, companies and individuals join together to focus on giving.
For Giving Tuesday, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) will invest proceeds to the Cuba Million Bible Mission.
In the last two decades, God has been blessing Cuba’s churches with unprecedented growth. A recent report states, “The Catholic Church now has more than a million active members, and the number of Protestant Christians has increased threefold over the past decade to at least 900,000. Total, that’s around 20% of the 11 million people in Cuba—and rising.”
In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent launches a new year. The primary theme of this season is one of expectation for Jesus to come. Unfortunately, for many of us in Canada, we tend to be so busy with the full to-do list of the season that we miss out on this expectation of excitement.
We make holiday plans, we shop for gifts, we put up decorations, we make sure cards were mailed on time, and all of that, while keeping to our budget. It’s no wonder that Christmas has become one of the most stressful times of the year for many of us. Sadly, because of our busyness, we forget to spend time with the Person who really matters: Jesus.
This Christmas, we challenge you to make this season less stressful and more Christ-centred. Here are a few suggestions:
Jesus exhorts us to, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19.14 ESV). That’s why it is a huge part of the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) to reach out to the next generation with the Word of God. This past summer, CBS partnered with summer camps across the country, making the “Adventure for Life” Bible available to children and teens. For some of these children, the Bible they received at these camps was their first-ever copy.
It is hard to imagine what soldiers experience during their military service. May we never forget that many acts of courage have served to protect us and help write the history of our country.
We may never experience what it feels like to be in the frontlines, but we hope that the following selected Bible verses will give us an understanding about our men in uniform’s important calling and sacrifice. May these verses serve as a reminder to honour the memory of those who died serving their country and to pray for protection for those who are in active duty.
It’s not easy being a mother. And to be a mom and a student at the same time is doubly challenging. That is why we rejoice with mothers who work so hard to complete their education.
Recently, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) was invited to the graduation ceremony of Toronto City Mission’s (TCM) Role Model Moms program. This program aims to equip moms who are at least 18 years old and have not completed their high school education with the academic knowledge, confidence, and life skills necessary to successfully pass the high school equivalency exam regulated by the government of Ontario.
CBS representative, Tanya Prinsep, who was at the ceremony to present Bibles to the graduates, shared, “I have to admit that I had tears of delight and joy as these young women received their GED diplomas and shared some of the struggles they overcame to complete the program.”
The Canadian Bible Society concluded its annual cycling event, Bike for Bibles, with the last ride in September. This year, about 150 cyclists across Canada participated in one-day and multi-day rides to raise over $50,000 for the Bible-based HIV/AIDS awareness program, the Good Samaritan.
Bike for Bibles is not just a fundraising event, it is also an opportunity for participants to enjoy fellowship with other cyclists as well as to re-charge spiritually. Many past participants shared that, although physically spent at the end of the rides, they go home with renewed spiritual strength, thanks to the daily devotions prepared by organizers.
Translation of the Bible into modern English can be traced back some 600 years. Some of the most prominent names attached to this early work of Bible translation in modern English are John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. However, attempts at translating the Bible into Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon) go back to the work of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century. Today there are so many different versions in English that no one seems to know the exact number. I have heard numbers as high as 600 and Wikipedia gives the number as more than 450.
The Canadian Bible Society is partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – Canada (FCPO) to seek the public’s assistance to help a lost Bible find its way home.
The Bible in question looks like it has been dearly loved and when it came into the possession of a FCPO member, he was deeply moved by its condition and was compelled to do whatever he could to return the lost Bible to its owner. He has pledged to travel anywhere in the world to return the Bible – at his own expense.