ISSUE 69 : AUTUMN 2013
The magazine of the Scottish Bible Society
Changing lives How Godâ€™s Word is active today
Gone but not forgotten
More Than Gold Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Sharing the Bible Project update from Cambodia
Welcome The magazine of the Scottish Bible Society
Changing lives How God’s Word is active today
Supporting widows In India
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Gone but not forgotten
Psalm 34: 8 (NIV)
Europe’s Leading Christian Resources Exhibition
Livingstone remembered Events from his bicentenary
12 More Than Gold Commonwealth Games in Scotland
14 Sharing the Bible Project update from Cambodia
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Life is full of uncomfortable facts. The world produces enough food for everyone to have a reasonable diet, but we have a very uneven distribution of food, leaving millions going to bed hungry each night. We live in a context where food is plentiful, where variety and choice are high and where food does not have to be viewed simply as fuel for our bodies. The colour, texture, smell and taste of food make eating a pleasure, not simply a necessity. Something similar could be said about the Bible. There is a very uneven distribution of translations of the Bible. There are thousands of languages that still do not have a full Bible translation. In many countries where there is a relevant Bible translation it comes in one size and one colour - there are no children’s Bibles and no ‘modern’ or revised translations. Think of the range of Bible versions we
have in English and the variety of covers they come in, not to mention the colours! With food we can have a feast or a famine. With the Bible we can have a feast or a famine. On both fronts most of us live in a context where we can feast. However, my experience in travelling to countries where the Bible is not so readily available is that Christians there have a deep hunger to be nourished by the Word of God. For some of us, our appetite has worn thin and we are no longer desperate for the nourishment we need to keep our relationship with God growing. As we pray for more Bible translations to feed the spiritually hungry around the world let us also pray that our own appetites will be stimulated to feed on God’s Word – because he really does change our lives. Elaine Duncan Chief Executive
the BIBLE changes lives Many of us will be able to tell at least one story of how God and the Bible have had an impact on our lives. We are continuing this feature with three more stories from different parts of the world.
Scotland Development Officer for The Trussell Trust providing foodbanks for emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK
Volodymyr is a former drug addict and serial offender in Ukraine. As a teenager he was only interested in girls and drugs. At 18-years-old he joined the Soviet army. He got married and had a son. But his marriage broke down and he split up with his wife. His son was four years old at the time. Volodymyr blames his lifestyle. After the split, he became addicted to drugs and would steal so he could buy more and more drugs. He was in and out of prison several times as a result and he realised his life was spiralling out of control – but he couldn’t see a way out. One day a Christian group visited a prison he was in. They talked about a totally different kind of life that was available to him and the other prisoners. They said he could be close to God and filled with his love and joy. Volodymyr says, “I heard what they said but didn’t believe that could happen to me. I took the New Testament that they gave me as they left but I didn’t plan on reading it. I planned to use its pages to roll my tobacco into cigarettes. But
all my life but my language immediately became pure.” After serving time in prison, Volodymyr was baptized and remarried. He has a relationship with his first son, who is also a Christian. Volodymyr now works as a prison chaplain, bringing the hope of God’s Word to other prisoners. He says, “Today I am a free man but I am totally dependent on God.”
Cai Jian, China “You see this verse: ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’(Psalm 119: 105) It’s dated 1 January 2006 – I wrote that God’s Word lights up my life’s journey.” Cai Jian, a 48-year-old Christian who attends the Thanksgiving Christian Church in Hubei province, likes to write notes and date them in his Bible. The first Bible he saw was in 1978 when he was at a Catholic high school. It was not until 2006, when he was searching for a meaning to life, that a friend gave him a Bible. He started reading from the Old Testament but he couldn’t understand it all. When he read the Gospels, the words of Jesus touched him. Although he believed in Jesus then, he was weak and the temptations of the world lured him away from a commitment to Christ. Cai Jian strayed further from Church and his Christian friends but then he stumbled again upon the Bible his friend gave him and he remembered how intrigued he had been when he first read God’s Word. Subsequently, he returned to Church and was baptized. “You
see this date: 2 August 2009?” Cai Jian asks, pointing to a scribble on the front cover of Bible. “This was the date of my baptism. See this entry a month later? That was the time I was beaten up by gangsters.” Cai Jian still has the scars of this beating. His job at the time was to represent the farmers’ union in his local area. One of his thankless tasks was going to the bosses to demand the payment of wages on behalf of farmers. On that occasion, a month after his baptism, the bosses not only refused to pay but sent thugs to beat him up as well. During this time, he remembered the verse, ‘He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.’(Psalm 34:20). He had a vision of the hand of God coming down from heaven to protect him. He wonders if God’s intervention explains how he escaped the beating with just a few scars and bruises. Cai Jian says, “My siblings later became Christians because they saw how my life was guided by the Bible’s teachings and the love shown by my Church friends during this time. There is power in the Word of God!”
Photo: UBS China Partnership/ Pamela Choo
There were two major subjects I felt emerged when I first read the Bible shortly after coming to faith. The first was the overwhelming emphasis placed upon reaching out to the poor, the needy, the widow, the orphan and victims of injustice. The other appeared to be God’s willingness to work with and alongside those who feel utterly inadequate and powerless to do so. With a church history steeped in the provision of healthcare, education and welfare, prioritised for those who most need it and imparted by those who feel least qualified to offer it, you realise how ordinary people have taken the hand of an extraordinary God and together changed the face of our nation. As the creaking bones of our current economic crisis summon the church to where it once prioritised its effort, can you imagine what it would look like if we were to heed that call once again?
just as I was about to tear out a page, something drew me to read at least a bit of this book. As I began to read I could feel something changing in me. I didn’t tear any of the pages out. I read more and more. There in my cell I fell on my knees and prayed to God to give me a new life. I had smoked for 20 years but stopped in an instant. I had used swear words and curses
Do you have a story to share about how the Bible changed your life or that of someone you know? Tell us and we may feature this. Email email@example.com and use ‘the Bible changes lives’ as the subject line or write to us at 7 Hampton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5XU.
Supporting In June this year, staff from the Scottish and American Bible Societies visited Ichthus Church of the Nazarene in Bangalore. With help from the Bible Society of India, the church runs projects to disciple Christians and to empower widows to have a better life.
Pastor Solomon Dinakaran accepted Jesus in his life when he was 16 years old. Since then, God has spoken clearly to him about his mission and service to the people of India. Solomon enrolled in the South India Biblical Seminary, with his fees paid by an unknown benefactor. After completing Bible College, he was posted to an area called Whitefield. However, he felt uncomfortable about this calling, saying, “I am not from this place. I am from Tamil Nadu, which is a neighbouring state 300 kilometres away from
widows in India
Bangalore.” So Solomon asked God, “These are not my people. I don’t know the language of these people. It’s a new culture and a new people.” But God said to him, “You will obey me.” Thirty-five years later, Solomon not only understands the culture and language of the area but has also planted a church – the Ichthus Church of the Nazarene.
The cultural challenge Solomon describes is representative of this incredibly diverse nation. India is thirteen times larger than the UK with a population of over 1.2 billion people. Through the Bible Society of India, Christians are supported with Bibles in 135 different languages for this country alone – yet there is an urgent need to make the Word of God available in more languages. Without the Bible Society’s important work, some of India’s poorest and most vulnerable people may not receive the help they so desperately need. One of the ministries close to Pastor Solomon’s heart is the work with widows taking place in his church. “Life is hard for women in India,” says 58-year-old Gnanamani. Widowed at 35, she is now locked into an abusive second marriage. Her husband’s family, with whom she lives, take the side of their son. Many widows find themselves in a similar situation or even cut off
from their families completely. Widows are often blamed for their husbands’ deaths. They are considered bad luck, a view based on a combination of superstition and beliefs of Hinduism – the dominant religion in India.
It’s at this point that widows yearn for some peace in their world – a peace that they can find in Jesus Christ. Dr Leelavathi Manasseh, National Director of the Bible Society of India, says, “That’s when they are open to the Gospel. They need peace. Some women are just looking for a meal for their children, so they come. If you offer, they come. So you don’t offer the Gospel first. You just offer a meal in the name of Christ.” Women like Gnanamani respond to this and Dr Leelavathi says they are often asked, “What makes you
give, that did not make others give?” And her response is simple: because Jesus loves you and the Bible tells us to do this. Then the women say, “Tell me more.” Pastor Solomon and Dr Leelavathi (and her colleagues at the Bible Society of India) work together to help widows and abandoned women by providing nourishment for their bodies and for their soul. First the women hear what the Bible says about widows and their
predicament and how Jesus cares for them and loves them – verses like James 1: 27 (GNB): “What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” Then they are fed, with a meal and also with knowledge. They learn skills that help them to survive and to earn a small income: basic food hygiene to prevent illness, how to make diluting juice and to pickle their food so
it lasts longer, or how to make candles which they can sell. The project began in 2008 and currently operates in five Indian provinces. Around five thousand women are trained each year to deliver the project and help other women. As a result the widows feel less marginalised, more empowered and have their dignity preserved, despite the views of society.
Find out more about our India appeal online scottishbiblesociety.org/india
“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” James 1: 27 (GNB) Article: courtesy of Barbara Delp, Senior Research Editor at Global Scripture Impact, America
Gone but not
“Green buds for the hopes of tomorrow. Fair flowers for the joy of today. Sweet memory the fragrance they leave us. As time gently flows on its way.” Inscription on the memorial plaque commemorating the Greenhead Disaster.
Bible: University of Glasgow Archive Services, James Templeton & Co Ltd collection
On 1st November 1889, twentynine girls and women lost their lives after a wall collapsed on a weaving shed on the site of the original Templeton’s Carpet Factory in the east end of Glasgow’s Calton area. Many others were injured, some seriously. The incident became known as the ‘Greenhead Disaster’. Strong winds were blamed for the accident that saw a partially-constructed wall (built for the new extension to the factory) blown over, crushing
the shed where these women worked. The oldest victim was 25-years-old and the youngest just fourteen. A memorial garden paying tribute to the victims of the Greenhead Disaster has been refurbished this year to give the Calton community a new, modern and bright place in which to remember the victims. The project, which includes a new community hub, has been developed through a partnership between Thenue Housing Association and Calton Area Association, the local community organisation. The changes include a renovated plaque for the original 1954 granite memorial as well as paving stones engraved with the names of the disaster victims. During her research into the disaster, Alison Kevan, Corporate Services Manager for Thenue, made contact with the Scottish Bible Society when she found that the Stoddard Templeton archives at the University of Glasgow included Bibles given to the families of the victims and to the survivors with a special message of
condolence from the Society. In our own archives we found an entry in the 1889 Annual Report with reference to the Greenhead Disaster, stating: “A memorial Bible with a suitable inscription was provided in the name of the Society.” The report confirms that the Bibles were given to the households of the victims as well as to the ninety-nine survivors. Speaking about the Greenhead Disaster, Alison says, “Industrial accidents were common in industrial Britain but the magnitude of what happened here caused shock and grief nationwide. It’s reassuring to know the Bible Society provided support to all the families involved in their time of grief. After 124 years it may have slipped from the public’s consciousness but it is still remembered vividly by the Calton community today.” As part of the exhibition about the Greenhead Disaster, a copy of the extract from the 1889 Annual Report with reference to the event will be displayed at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre, which overlooks the memorial garden.
Celebrate bible Sunday scotland 2013 d
27 October or any date you choose
Luke 4: 14-21
This Bible Sunday encounter the Bible’s message of freedom and raise funds for Bible work in Cambodia Download your FREE resources from biblesundayscotland.org.uk Photo: Memorial Garden: Thenue Housing Association
AUTUMN SPRING 2013
He has sent me to proclaim FREEDOM for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free …
bible Sunday scotland
Luke 4: 18
Every year, churches all over Scotland set aside a day to celebrate the transformational impact of God’s Word using the same Bible passage as the
focus of their services. Join us in celebrating Bible Sunday on 27 October 2013 on the theme of freedom from Luke 4: 14-21. Encourage your church or a group of churches to devote a service to Bible Sunday. If our suggested date isn’t suitable, choose one that best suits you. Your celebration isn’t restricted to a Sunday service either, some churches mark Bible Sunday at a midweek group meeting, for example.
Visit biblesundayscotland.org. uk for more information and to download your free resources including a full sermon, a sermon outline and materials for children and youth groups. Or call us on 0131 337 9701 and we’ll be happy to talk to you or put you in touch with our local volunteers to assist you.
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Throughout this year there have been events celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone, one of Scotland’s best-known explorers and missionaries. In November, we celebrate his Christian life at a thanksgiving service in Glasgow Cathedral alongside a special visitor from the Bible Society of Malawi.
Photo: By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster
Don’t forget about our exciting Bring your Bible to Brunch event! Why not host it in your church to help celebrate Bible Sunday. Enjoy food and fellowship with your church family while raising funds to provide Bibles for some of the poorest communities around the world. • The brunch is a great way to invite your congregation to join together and celebrate God’s Word (and some lovely food too!). • You can invite those who don’t normally come to church. • It’s fun for adults and children alike.
Everything you need to be the perfect host, including our ‘How-to guide’, printable placemats, customisable invitations and posters can be downloaded for free at bringyourbibletobrunch.org.uk
It’s easy to organise. All you need to do is provide the food!
The David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre was at the heart of the bicentenary events during March. Celebrations began on 17th March when First Minister, Alex Salmond welcomed the President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda to Livingstone’s birthplace. After a tour and lunch with local representatives, President Banda and the First Minister joined the congregation of the Blantyre Livingstone Memorial Church for a special service of commemoration. On 19th March, the day of Livingstone’s birthday, Blantyre locals of all ages marked the occasion with the opening of a new exhibition at the Centre. The event was also attended by dignitaries from Malawi and Zambia, the Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf MSP, and representatives of the Scottish-African community.
Two church services were held on 19th March. In London, over 500 guests attended the wreath-laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey. The service, led by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, included contributions from Scottish and Malawian faith leaders, and senior UK and Scottish politicians. President Banda’s laying of a Malawian flower wreath was followed by three of Livingstone’s great grandchildren, who laid a wreath of Scottish flowers on their ancestor’s grave. In the evening, Hamilton United Reformed Church held a service to mark the occasion. Approximately 160 people attended with distinguished guests and overseas visitors among the congregation giving thanks for Livingstone’s life and legacy.
the Bible Society of Malawi, will be visiting Scotland to attend a special thanksgiving service at Glasgow Cathedral to celebrate the Christian life and missionary work of David Livingstone. In addition to addressing the guests at Glasgow Cathedral, Clapperton will visit churches and attend meetings across Scotland to talk about the work of the Bible Society in Malawi and how the challenges faced by Malawians today are very different from those faced in David Livingstone’s time.
In November, Clapperton Mayuni, General Secretary of
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Photo: ©David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre
If you would like to find out more about Bible Society work in Malawi or to attend one of the events where Clapperton Mayuni will be speaking, please contact us on 0131 337 9701 or email@example.com The service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Christian life of David Livingstone will take place at Glasgow Cathedral on Wednesday 13 November 2013.
More Than Next year, the Commonwealth Games will be coming to Scotland with Glasgow as the host city. Like most sporting events of this size, communities contribute to the vibrant atmosphere, celebrate the achievements together and support the lasting legacy created by such events. In a three-part series, we explore how Christians and churches have a role to play in this and how it inspired a Christian movement called More Than Gold.
What’s it all about? The Christian community has been involved with the world’s major sporting events for over 40 years. In the early days, different denominations and Christian charities would independently offer their support through prayer, premises and people. During the 1980s and 1990s, a number of sports mission agencies helped local churches to develop partnerships, offering a wider range of officially sanctioned initiatives, including giving out water to spectators, providing chaplains in the athletes’ villages or hosting athletes’ families who could not afford local accommodation. As the support from the Christian community grew, it became
apparent that the collective efforts of these churches and charities would be more effective if working together and so, in the lead up to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, a uniting name and identity was forged to represent the movement: ‘More Than Gold’. Since then, More Than Gold has been present at major sporting events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games. During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, churches gave over thirteen thousand hours of voluntary service and contributed three hundred ‘Games Pastors’ located at airports, train stations, bus stations and key tourist sites. They handed out half a million bottles of water to visitors, and family members of athletes enjoyed more than two thousand nights of free hospitality with Christian hosts. Around the country, there were over half a million people attending community events run by churches, including bigscreen festivals, family fun days and sports-based children’s clubs. Picking up the baton Following on from the Olympics, the aim of More Than Gold 2014 is to enable Christians and churches, working together, to serve their communities by providing generous hospitality, social care, outreach and active prayer, demonstrating the relevance of the Church today and leaving a legacy
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GOLD them make the most of their experience through the warm welcome they receive and local knowledge provided by families. A festival atmosphere
of Christian love beyond the 2014 Games. It will equip and enable churches to make a real difference to their community, their city and the Commonwealth for the sake of the Gospel. World class hospitality One of the areas which Christians and churches can contribute to is in the area of hospitality. Every host nation wants to be renowned for the level of hospitality offered to visitors and it’s More Than Gold’s desire that the churches are at the heart of it. After all, hospitality is one of the hallmarks of a church community, loving our neighbours and serving them. The Commonwealth is made up of 54 countries. Not all athletes have the opportunity to be full-time sportspeople or enjoy levels of commercial sponsorship seen in the UK. Therefore, the accommodation on offer for the 2014 Games may not be affordable to all. More Than Gold will co-ordinate host homes for members of the athletes’ ‘support family’ (family members, team officials, personal coach, friends). With the help of the Christian community it will be more affordable for support families to come to Scotland through the gift of accommodation and hospitality. It also helps
Whether you are located close to the Commonwealth Games venues or not, there are opportunities to create the festival atmosphere of the Games. One of the areas which More Than Gold focuses on is to create a lasting legacy once the event is finished. Wouldn’t it be great to see as many ecumenical celebrations as possible across Scotland and beyond to bring people of all denominations, Christians and
non-Christians, together to watch, celebrate and feel part of the Games? More Than Gold helps churches and individuals to do this by acting as a point of contact and managing groups expressing an interest in outreach activities around the Games. They also provide groups and individuals with resources, like fun and sportsthemed children’s holiday club material or a sports quiz, which are ideal when inviting non-Christians. The increased interaction with the community and other churches can enhance relationships and help draw more people closer to God and the Church.
In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, we will continue to look at other aspects of More Than Gold. You can find out more by visiting their website morethangold2014.org.uk
Get your PENNY GOSPEL Who do you know that would benefit from knowing the story of Jesus? Is it possible they are inquisitive, even eager to meet Him? 2014 presents the Church with a wonderful opportunity for outreach in Scotland, as we join together with friends, relatives and visitors to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. The ‘Penny Gospel’ is an initiative by the Scottish Bible Society and Biblica to distribute thousands of copies of Luke’s
Gospel around the Games period. Titled More Than Gold, this NIV edition will feature testimonies by Christian sports people of how knowing Jesus is of greater worth to them than anything else. Priced at only a penny there is no cost, except the one to you in terms of giving it away. Will you take up the challenge of the Penny Gospel, worth so much more than people think? To place an order on behalf of your church, please contact us
at info@scottishbiblesociety•org or visit the More Than Gold stand at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Ingliston on 27 and 28 November.
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Sharing the Bible WITH CHRISTIANS
In Cambodia the Bible Society is working to provide affordable Bibles, improve literacy and translate the Bible in to local languages for the growing Church. THANK YOU for your gifts and prayers in response to our April appeal. Your support is giving Christians in Cambodia the opportunity to read their very own copy of the Bible, for the first time.
Cambodia is recovering from dark times. In the 1970s the nation suffered badly during the Vietnam War, followed by a period of communist rule by the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot. During this time most educated people and those connected with the former government were massacred. Money was abolished, religion was banned, and the Khmer Rouge forced those living in the cities to move to the country and work in the fields – where many died from starvation or exhaustion. Up to 2 million people died during this time. Of the few Christians who survived, most had fled abroad. Today, however, Cambodians are enjoying much greater freedom and new churches are forming every week as more and more people come to faith. Making Bibles available and affordable for the fast-growing number of Christians is a huge task for the local Bible Society. Without your support, many Cambodian Christians would never be able to afford a Bible. The Cambodian economy is still recovering and hundreds of thousands of people are extremely poor, surviving as subsistence farmers or through fishing, living in ‘floating villages’ on the river, because they can’t afford to buy land. Providing affordable Bibles is not the only challenge for the Bible Society – the Cambodian
education system is also slowly recovering and many people can’t read. Literacy rates are particularly poor in rural areas where around 60% of the population can’t read or write and a further 25% have only basic reading skills. With your help, the Bible Society is helping more people learn to read through the ‘Learning through Listening’ literacy programme. Earlier this year Pete Chirnside, our Church Partnership Manager, travelled to Cambodia and had the privilege of visiting several literacy classes. Led by a ‘facilitator’, classes use Bible-based printed materials alongside instructions recorded on an MP3 player. Attending classes for just one hour a day, 5 days a week, people can start reading in as little as 3 months. When Pete met 12-year-old Kakada in February this year, the boy was able to read to
him from the Bible – he had only started attending literacy classes in December! Pete explains that while it’s important that people learn to read for practical reasons, such as ensuring they get a fair price for the fish they catch, it is also vital for Christians to have the freedom to read the Bible on their own, so that God can speak to them in an individual and personal way. Mao Phaly, an elder of Kampong Chnang’s Methodist church and a literacy class facilitator, explains her desire to share her
skills. “I want to teach adults how to read, especially church members,” she says. “It’s so sad to see that they cannot read the Bible. With the help of this programme, I hope their lives and morality will improve. I want them to have what I have, and to know what I know through reading the Bible daily.”
wanted to learn to read. Eark soon started reading using the Scripture-based materials and was also invited along to church by a local pastor. She says, “I learned about how I am a sinner, but that Jesus loves me, my mother and all the people on earth.” Both Eark and her mother have come to faith.
While there is a great desire from Christians to learn to read the Bible, the literacy classes are also introducing many non-believers to the Word of God. When 9-year-old Eark Kong started attending a class in a nearby village, she simply
By making Bibles affordable and helping people learn to read, your support is giving Cambodian Christians the opportunity to study God’s Word and know more of his love. Thank you so much for making this possible.
Please pray: • Give thanks for the increased freedom for Christians in Cambodia to live out their faith and pray that the Church will continue to grow. • Give thanks that so many people are praying for our brothers and sisters in Cambodia and have generously supported Bible Society projects, giving Christians the opportunity to own and read their own copy of the Bible. • Please continue to pray for the Bible Society’s work in Cambodia. Pray particularly for more literacy facilitators, so that more people will be able to benefit from the ‘Learning through Listening’ programme.
Bible Meditation ‘Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15: 4&5 (NIV)
Also read Ephesians 3: 14-19 Take some time to read and meditate on these passages. These questions may help you as you explore the text: • Why do you think Jesus urges us to have a close, deep-rooted and steady relationship with Him? • Are there areas of your life where you are not dependent on God? Why is this? • In what ways does Jesus teach us to be fruitful Christians?