swahili bibleRecently, I preached at the Gatunduri Foursquare Church near Embu. The sermon I preached that day was about the Promises of God.  I also talked about how God’s Promises are like a treasure box. If you never open the box, you cannot find out what kind of treasure in inside. He has given us the Bible, but if we never open it, we won’t know the promises He has for us. So, I talked about a few of these promises and encouraged them to dig in the Word for themselves.

After the service, as I sat with the pastors, they told me the sermon was nice and the people enjoyed hearing about all of these promises. However, they told me that most of the people in their congregation do not have Bibles and cannot afford to buy them. I felt so bad. I was encouraging all of them to get into the Word daily and how important it is, and then I find out that they can’t even get into the Word daily even if they wanted to. Most of them are farmers and they work and get just enough money to feed their families and keep their children in school. So being able to buy a Bible is a very difficult thing.

I asked the pastor if they had Bibles, would they be able to read them? He said most of them could. He also said that he would like to have a Bible study with them at the church, but they would need Bibles.

I began to feel how tragic this problem is and how no one should be without a Bible if they truly wanted one. Then I thought to myself, “I have a lot of friends at home that would probably feel the same way and would love to buy someone a Bible.”

So, I would like to offer you the opportunity to help this new church who is very excited and passionate about evangelizing in the nearby villages and want to study the Word together. The church needs 50 Bibles – 20 Bibles in Kiswahili, 20 in Kiembu, and 10 in English. I have researched the cost of the Bibles, and the average cost is $9.00 each.

If you are interested in making a difference in this church and giving someone their own Bible to read, we would love to help you help them. We have added a new option on our ACP online giving page that says, “Resource Indigenous Churches”. You can give any amount you’d like on that page and choose “Resource Indigenous Churches” and we will use this money to buy these Bibles. Alternatively, you can also write a check to:

African Children’s Project
PO Box 69
Huntersville, NC 28070-0069

memo: Resource Indigenous Churches

We don’t want you to feel pressured to give to this endeavor, but we thought many of our friends and family at home would love to help in this way and we felt this is the best way to let everyone know of the need.