The Bible League assists Christians and churches worldwide, so that people prepared by the Holy Spirit will be brought into the fellowship of Christ and His Church. Specifically, they provide Bibles and related materials, promote personal, family and small group Bible study, partner with churches and mission organizations, supplying them with Bibles, related materials, and training in church planting and Scripture placement. Where there is no local church, Christians are trained to establish new churches.
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- Bible League International – May 2019 June 1, 2019
Geoffrey gets very serious as he shares the circumstances that led him to Christ. “I grew up in a very impoverished area of Zambia known as Chongwe,” he says softly. “Many of the people in my village experienced mysterious deaths due to sorcery and black magic. I am one of eleven children, and seven of my own brothers have been killed because of witchcraft.” Adding to his grief, Geoffrey lost his right leg after a bad car accident, making it extremely difficult for him to continue working as a bricklayer.
“A friend invited me to a Project Philip Bible study at his home, they were all studying the Word of God,” he explains. “Christianity did not exist in my village. The teachings were so powerful, I encountered Jesus that very day!”
Geoffrey became a believer, and says he feels inner peace like he has never known. He wants to be sure other people in his community have the same opportunity.
“Thank you to all the donors that made this possible, it is a great work you do helping to change people’s lives through God’s Word,” he beams. “I am feeling the call of God to become a pastor, so I can share the Gospel with my family and the people of my village.”
Reaching the Rainforest with the Hope of Christ
Élistine, 38, knows about this firsthand because her own parents continue to practice witchcraft. She explains, “There are two things stifling the Gospel in Madagascar’s rainforest—witchcraft tradition and poor levels of education. We have many people who are eager to participate in Project Philip Bible studies, but they cannot read or write. The Audio Bible is very important for them, but we simply don’t have enough of them.”
Despite these obstacles, lives are being transformed. Élistine says she gets a lot of inspiration at the Project Philip Bible studies she leads. She beams, “I see amazing things happening through Project Philip. Before we start each lesson, the people attending take turns giving a short testimony about what is happening in their lives. They share how the Word of God teaches them new things, and how they are using it in their lives. It is quite remarkable to witness people who don’t read well memorize the Scriptures, verse by verse, so they can take part. We are grateful for your help, and I am grateful to God that I get to witness their faith growing!”
A Former Muslim Finds Faith in Christ
He decided to make his own way, moving to a Muslim neighborhood. He says he had a dream about Jesus that made him curious. He explains, “I dreamed that Jesus was holding my hand, and telling me that He was the Truth, the Way, and the Life!” Naim began to change the way he thought about Christianity. A few boys his age in his community noticed the change in Naim and beat him very badly. His new interest in Christ would not be deterred, and Naim moved back with his family. He also began attending church with them regularly.
A New Faith and a Prayer
Soon he started going to a Project Philip Bible study for teens. He says, “I will admit that the first session was a bit vague for me, but with the second session, things became clearer. I began to understand the Word of God. I learned to understand it. More than that, I learned to interpret the Scriptures and apply them to my life. This has been very beneficial to me.” Naim is grateful for every person who made it possible for him to attend a Project Philip Bible study. He is now helping others attending the lessons. “Last week, I was the one leading the Bible study group! I did as I was trained to do, to interpret the Scriptures and explain them to others,” he says, beaming.
Praise the Lord for the hundreds of children and youth in Zimbabwe who are engaged in God’s Word during their month-long holiday from school. As many graduate from Project Philip Bible studies in the coming weeks, pray that the Word of the Lord will take root in their hearts.
Praise God for the Bible-based Literacy classes taking place in Malaysia. May the Lord provide a special blessing of encouragement for all the teachers and class leaders who are helping men, women, and children learn to read through the Word of God.
- The Bible League April 27, 2019
About a dozen kids and young teens in La Carucieña, Venezuela, sit outdoors in a circle as they study God’s Word through a Project Philip Bible study just for them. The dirt backyard is small, barely large enough to fit the group, much less the worn and rusted metal patio chairs.
La Carucieña is a violent area that only seems to grow worse during the current crisis. These young people often arrive hungry, so when possible, the leader gives them a glass of milk and a piece of bread to ease the hunger pangs. Though times are tough, these young people are finding hope in Christ.
Last year, 15-year-old Nordenys joined this backyard Bible study. She already has finished all the children booklets and received a Bible of her own. Now, she’s working on the Project Philip Bible study for youth.
“The Bible studies changed my life and gave me direction. We’ve all learned a lot,” she shares with a smile. “We are grateful to God for you.”
The Faith of One Woman…
During Graciela’s Project Philip training, the leaders challenged each person to search for someone to share the Gospel with. One day, while leaving church with her family, she met Ana, a lovely 93-year-old woman in a wheelchair, and her nurse. “After that, I began visiting them every Wednesday to study God’s Word,” Graciela says.
Ana told Graciela (pictured above) that she had never heard about the life of Jesus where she grew up. But when she began studying God’s Word, Ana gave her life fully to Christ at 93 years old and never looked back.
…Grew the Faith of Many
Graciela says with a smile, “Ana loved listening to the promises of God for eternal life because they gave her hope.” Ana was so moved by what she was learning that she shared it with her children, grandchildren, and nearly anyone she encountered.
Even as her health worsened, Ana still seized every chance to tell people the Good News, whether it was the doctor who visited her home or the neighbors she saw on her strolls with the nurse. At 96, Ana went to be with her Lord, but Graciela sees Ana’s legacy of faith.
Her nurse was far from the Lord, but today is on the path with Christ, thanks to Ana. She now attends church with her family. One of Ana’s daughters also accepted Christ.
Graciela says tearfully, “Ana, a specific person I did Project Philip with, influenced many people for Christ. Age and sickness are nothing when there is a will to serve God. How can I not thank the Lord for the life of that woman?”
ACHIEVING A DREAM
A New Strategy
Recently, however, Eugene’s hopes and prayers were answered. He met a fellow believer who told him about Project Philip Bible studies. Soon Eugene and several others received training to become Philips (Project Philip Bible study leaders).
“It was fantastic!” he exclaims. “I learned how to make contacts for the church and approach people on the streets.” He is especially grateful for the Bibles and Bible study materials that are crucial to growing churches in strength and in numbers.
A Growing Church
Though once tiny, the church is now growing! Since the Project Philip Bible studies began, membership has increased to 60. The group quickly outgrew the tent. Members recently gathered their money to rent a bigger space in a building nearby, where they now meet.
Eugene beams, “Our growth is because God is using Project Philip Bible studies to touch hearts in the area. It is a perfect strategy for the development of the local church. Thank you!”
Praise the Lord for a couple who recently began a Project Philip Bible study of 10 people in a Muslim dominated city in north-central Albania. May many come to understand the truth of the Gospel.
May the Lord provide safety and open hearts as Project Philip Bible studies begin in the most violent prison in Peru. Pray for many prisoners to experience the transformation of Jesus Christ as they study God’s Word.
- The Bible League, January 2019 January 24, 2019
2019 is well underway and we just wanted to say how thankful we are for supporters like you. Your prayers and support in 2018 changed lives for eternity and will continue to bear fruit in 2019.
We can’t overemphasize how important your support is, and what it means for us to see lives transformed through God’s Word with your help. And it’s not just us who’s thankful. It’s people whose lives have been touched. People like Pairot in Thailand.
He says, “Thank you for providing us with such wonderful materials and the training for us to be able to respond to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.”
Margarida in Mozambique says, “Thank you for providing us with the tools that helped us come back to God!”
And Illmi in Albania says, “Thank you for the Bibles and training you provided me, and that I can now share with others. My church could not afford the resources you are blessing us with. We can engage more people with the Gospel. May God bless you!”
Once again, THANK YOU!
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- The Bible League – October 2017 December 8, 2017
In a small, rural village in Mozambique, people struggle in the midst of drought-without electricity and little clean water. And until this month, the believers who gather in a church built with crude bricks, concrete, and a corrugated steel roof had just one Bible to share. “Just one Bible for everyone, and it was incomplete,” a church planter recalls, “but that has changed.” As a preacher begins, he offers a simple instruction, “Now we will all read from God’s Word,” and a chorus of voices rises together as each person reads from their own Bible. And as they carefully read aloud in unison, fingers tracing the words on the page, they finish with a loud, “Amen!” and they break into clapping and cheering. “Thank God for the Bible,” one woman offers, and others echo their agreement with another “Amen!”
A New Creation in Prison
“I recall it clearly as if it was just yesterday,” Alexander begins—a prisoner in Nairobi West Prison, Kenya. “I was just 25 years old when I was arrested, found guilty of possessing stolen property and sent here.” And Alexander wants to tell his whole story so others can hear what God has done in his life.
The Gospel in Bangladesh
In the small village of Maulavi Bazar located in the northeast Sylhet District of Bangladesh, families survive as tenant farmers or day laborers. There are hundreds of Islamic mosques, Hindu temples, and several churches but very few believers. “Growing up I remember going to a church, but I didn’t have any clear ideas about God,” volunteers 16-year-old Akash, “and I never heard of God’s love.”
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Pray for the new Bible-based Literacy trainers in Nepal as they begin classes in the mountainous area where the Gospel is seldom heard.
Praise God for the recent graduation of 36 new church planters in northern Peru in isolated Amazon regions of Puerto Galilea and Yutupis; may God use them to reach the many indigenous people who are without God’s Word.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Your gifts to Bible League International make it possible for our ministry to provide God’s Word to a world in need.
- Bible League, August 2017 October 9, 2017
“We know God sent us this Project Philip Bible study after so many years of praying because now we can understand God’s Word and how to help others see the Gospel,” a believer from the Mieng tribal people living in northern Vietnam offers. “After so many years without God’s Word, thanks to you we have this gift.” Most are farmers in the Nguyan Province, about 100km north of Hanoi, and others live in rugged mountainous areas beyond roads, “but today there is a church of Mieng believers and God has blessed us because we can now understand the Bible.” This is how God’s Word is transforming lives today—because of your help, lives are being transformed.Continue reading →
- Bible League, September 2017 October 9, 2017
To get to the remote church in Mtendere, Zambia, you travel dusty roads through crowded, makeshift slums, and the smoke of smoldering fires choking the air. But then you see the tin-roofed church and dozens of children running to the sound of singing from within. “My girl’s life has completely changed,” a mother says, “you can ask her yourself—she’s right there. Her name is Sarah.” When the Project Philipfor Children Bible study ends, Sarah skips toward her mother and answers a simple question this way, “The Bible taught me about Jesus, and I love Jesus because he loves me.” Sarah’s mother adds, “The reason Sarah can read is because of this Bible study. There is no school for her because we are poor. But this has changed her life. It has changed all our lives.”Continue reading →
Robert T. Frank
President and CEO