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An Historic Opportunity in China


Dear Friend of Crossway:

I am writing specifically now because I believe that we have an historic moment of opportunity in Mainland China – and to ask if you would consider helping, by supporting the following two projects in China. Let me explain these briefly below:

Chinese Study Bible – Translation and Distribution in Mainland China

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This first opportunity involves the translation of the ESV Study Bible notes and resources into Chinese to be published with the Chinese (CUV) Bible text and distributed throughout Mainland China. Through the Lord’s gracious provision, the translation of the New Testament notes and resources has already been completed (and is already funded in the amount of $155,000), and we are ready to begin work early next year on the Old Testament notes and resources. In fact, we will be printing a “trial edition” of the Four Gospels in early January, for distribution and review in Mainland China among Christian leaders, pastors, and teachers.

An additional $292,000 is needed, however, to complete the entire translation of the Old Testament notes, resources, maps, diagrams, charts, and articles. Significantly, our overseas ministry partners are confident of raising and providing $133,000 in support next year, provided that Crossway can provide the rest. So to ensure that we can keep this project moving forward, we need to raise the remainder– that is, $159,000 – if possible, by the end of this current year.

The Lord has opened a remarkable door in Mainland China for the creation of this project. It goes without saying that there is a massive need for solid Bible-centered teaching materials in Mainland China – and the Chinese Study Bible project is ideally suited to help meet this massive need.

Strategic Bible Resource Distribution Throughout Mainland China

The second opportunity involves the production and strategic distribution throughout Mainland China of several Bible editions – including Chinese-English (ESV) bilingual Bibles, Chinese-English editions of the Gospel of John, Chinese New Testaments with study notes, and other Bible resources as these become available during 2014. By God’s grace, through the significant support of key donors, Crossway has already been able to underwrite the paper cost for production and distribution of 250,000 bilingual Bibles throughout Mainland China during the last five years – Bibles that have become a precious treasure for the people of China who are hungry for God’s Word, especially who want to learn English, by pouring over the Bible in Chinese alongside the English language text of the ESV Bible.

To meet the needs represented by these strategic opportunities, we are seeking to raise $175,000 if possible by the end of this year. Through the Lord’s gracious provision, this will provide the means to produce and distribute more than 50,000 Bibles, New Testaments with study notes, and other Bible resources in Mainland China during 2014.

It is remarkable to see what the Lord is doing in China – to provide this historic moment of opportunity for the distribution of God’s Word to the 1.4 billion people in China. But as you may know, Crossway is a not-for-profit publishing ministry. Because of this, we are grateful for the support of friends like you – to help us to respond to significant ministry opportunities like these.

With my great appreciation to you for helping support these two projects, as the Lord leads you in His own way,

In Christ our Savior,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President

The ESV Bible in Kenya

One of the joys of publishing the ESV Bible is the work we get to do with ministries that have their “boots on the ground” around the world. Through these partnerships, Crossway can focus on what we do best and our partners focus on what they do best, and together we can better serve the worldwide church.

We’re proud to work with Awana as one of our partners. While you may know Awana for their U.S. ministry and mid-week clubs, they also have a vibrant discipleship ministry to children oversees.

One way Awana’s ramping up ministry in Kenya is through their “Not the End” campaign. Their goal with “Not the End” is to reach 50,000 additional children in Kenya with the gospel by the middle of 2014.

Awana is raising support for these efforts through the sale of t-shirts, and Crossway is proud to partner with them. For every t-shirt sold, one ESV Bible will be given to a Kenyan child. For many this might be the only Bible they’ll ever own.

We encourage you to watch this 3-minute video on the project:

 

November 12, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,ESV,Ministry,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 8:19 am | (3) Comments »

Crossway Flood Update: Help Still Needed

Dear Friends of Crossway,

You may have recently heard from us about the flood at Crossway and its impact on our ministry. Last week, we reached out to ask for help at this challenging time, and we wanted to send this update on our progress.

Over 1200 people have responded to offer prayer and gifts of support. These gifts have enabled us to reach 53% of our goal, which was to raise $360,000 by May 31st so that we could pursue necessary repairs and maintain progress with key ministry initiatives. We’re humbled and encouraged by the Lord’s provision and the response so far, but still have a significant way to go.

Below is a message from our president, Lane Dennis, on the recovery needs:

 

As you may have heard, a flood recently swept through Crossway’s headquarters. About two feet of water poured into our 32 first-floor offices due to unrelenting rains. The damage was extensive and repairs and rebuilding will take five or six months. You can see the damage here in this video.

More important, however, is the impact this could have on major ministry projects that we have planned.

As a not-for-profit ministry, Crossway is not only committed to publishing the ESV Bible and gospel-centered content, but also to providing God’s Word to hundreds of thousands of people overseas, either free or at a substantially reduced cost. Because of the recent flood, however, some of these international ministry efforts are now at risk.

Your willingness to stand with us today will help Crossway recover and carry forward our not-for-profit ministry and our strategic efforts to reach the world with the gospel and the truth of God’s Word.Give Now

That’s why I’m writing to you — first, to ask for your prayers at this critical moment; and, second, to ask (if the Lord should lead you) for a gift of support. Your gift will help us cover three things: (1) the portion of the damage not covered by insurance, and (2) the installation of new safeguards to flood-proof our building. But most importantly (3) your gift will help ensure that crucial Bible ministry projects can continue to advance.

I would be deeply grateful to you if you are able to help us at this critical time. Specifically, we need your help to raise $360,000 by the end of our fiscal year, May 31st. Your support will make it possible especially for us to continue moving forward with the following priority projects:

  • Translation costs for the ESV Chinese Study Bible, to be published in Mainland China
  • Printing costs for 60,000 copies of the Chinese-English ESV bi-lingual Bible, also for publication and distribution in Mainland China
  • Completion and global distribution of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible this fall
  • Development of the Knowing the Bible studies, to be offered free digitally worldwide

Though we don’t know exactly how the Lord will use these events for his kingdom and for his glory, we are confident in his grace and mercy and in his gracious provision for the work he has called us to do – trusting his words in Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

With my great appreciation for your prayers and support,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President

May 15, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,ESV,General,Ministry,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 2:01 pm | 0 Comments »

An Urgent Message from Our President

Dear Friends of Crossway,

As you may have heard, a flood recently swept through Crossway’s headquarters. About two feet of water poured into our 32 first-floor offices due to unrelenting rains. The damage was extensive and repairs and rebuilding will take five or six months. You can see the damage here in this video.

More important, however, is the impact this could have on major ministry projects that we have planned.

As a not-for-profit ministry, Crossway is not only committed to publishing the ESV Bible and gospel-centered content, but also to providing God’s Word to hundreds of thousands of people overseas, either free or at a substantially reduced cost. Because of the recent flood, however, some of these international ministry efforts are now at risk.

Your willingness to stand with us today will help Crossway recover and carry forward our not-for-profit ministry and our strategic efforts to reach the world with the gospel and the truth of God’s Word.Give Now

That’s why mails rioting to you — first, to ask for your prayers at this critical moment; and, second, to ask (if the Lord should lead you) for a gift of support. Your gift will help us cover three things: (1) the portion of the damage not covered by insurance, and (2) the installation of new safeguards to flood-proof our building. But most importantly (3) your gift will help ensure that crucial Bible ministry projects can continue to advance.

I would be deeply grateful to you if you are able to help us at this critical time. Specifically, we need your help to raise $360,000 by the end of our fiscal year, May 31st. Your support will make it possible especially for us to continue moving forward with the following priority projects:

  • Translation costs for the ESV Chinese Study Bible, to be published in Mainland China
  • Printing costs for 60,000 copies of the Chinese-English ESV bi-lingual Bible, also for publication and distribution in Mainland China
  • Completion and global distribution of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible this fall
  • Development of the Knowing the Bible studies, to be offered free digitally worldwide

Though we don’t know exactly how the Lord will use these events for his kingdom and for his glory, we are confident in his grace and mercy and in his gracious provision for the work he has called us to do – trusting his words in Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

With my great appreciation for your prayers and support,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President

May 8, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,Event,Ministry | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 2:30 pm | (2) Comments »

Piper Sermon Archive on ESVBible.org

In partnership with our friends at Desiring God, we’re excited to announce that John Piper’s complete sermon archive is now available to all ESVBible.org visitors.

These sermon transcripts represent some 3.5 million words of teaching from over 30 years of Piper’s preaching ministry. The sermons are fully integrated with ESVBible.org and we invite you to explore the complete archive by visiting ESVBible.org, clicking on the cloud icon in the upper left corner, and toggling “John Piper’s sermons.”

Our heart for this free resource is that many would grow in their knowledge of and love for God’s Word. May God use it for the fame of his name.

John Piper is teacher and founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served as pastor for preaching and vision for over 30 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

April 18, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital,Digital,ESVBible.org,ESVBible.org,Ministry,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 1:16 pm | (11) Comments »