We’ve fielded many questions about what The Standard Bible Society has done in response to Hurricane Katrina. We want to update you on our efforts to date.
One of the tasks of the SBS is to provide Bibles to people who need them. Immediately after the hurricane, churches and organizations asked us for Bibles to give away to hurricane victims. We answered them: so far, we’ve sent over 2,800 Bibles to the affected areas, and we ultimately expect to provide over 10,000 Bibles at no or low cost.
We want to emphasize that the organizations requesting Bibles are giving them away in addition to meeting the physical needs of survivors. These groups provide food, water, clothing, and shelter while also caring for people’s spiritual needs with hospitality, love, and the Word of God.
We’ve also participated in the following efforts:
- Awana Lifeline/Angola Relief Fund: Awana Clubs International was already planning a ministry event among the prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. But the hurricane swept their plans aside, and they instead mounted an all-out relief mission. They sent Care packages to prisoners, including 500 containing Bibles provided by the SBS. Over 200 inmates came to know Christ after transferring to the Penitentiary.
- Burdened by a deep desire to help the residents of the devastated areas, three men in Illinois rented a semi truck and personally delivered 1,344 Bibles to churches in the parishes of Lacombe and Covington, La.
- Oak Grove Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church, both of Milan, Tenn., partnered with the SBS to provide Bibles for the 200 evacuees sent to the Milan Army Ammunition Plant. The small community rallied around the newcomers, ensuring that they received food, water, shelter, and also Bibles.
- Former residents of the New Orleans area and members of College Church in Wheaton, Ill. organized relief shipments to Covington, La. College Church worked in tandem with the SBS to provide 500 Bibles for distribution with the provisions.
- Trinity Baptist Church in South Carolina, the church closest to the Metro Airport, sought and received assistance from the SBS to provide Bibles to the refugees arriving daily.
How You Can Help
If you feel led to, you can help us in our efforts to distribute Bibles to those in need. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Our sister organization Good News Publishers (the parent of Crossway Bibles) has set up a page on their website detailing their response and how you can help.
You can donate to them to help underwrite the cost of distributing ESV Bibles. (Good News Publishers is a not-for-profit ministry.) You can also buy ESV Life Discovery Bibles at a 70% discount (in cases of 28 copies) to distribute to hurricane survivors.
Are you a church or ministry that wants to provide Bibles as you care for people displaced by the hurricane? Write us at email@example.com for details about how we can help you.