God's Word Is Going Forth
50,000 Bibles Distributed in Singapore
Since its launch in 2001, the ESV has become one of the fastest growing English translations of the Bible in the world. Through partnerships with numerous churches, ministries, and organizations around the world, including The Gideons International, Awana, and Bible Societies among others, the ESV is being used by many to share and spread the hope of the gospel.
On July 5, over 50,000 Christians in Singapore gathered to celebrate The Jubilee Day of Prayer 2015 event, reported to be the largest-ever multi-denominational Christian event held in the country. Jointly organized by The National Council of Churches in Singapore and the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore, the event was supported by fellow Christians and organizations across denominations as a time of thanksgiving and united prayer to bless Singapore during the nation’s 50th year.
In conjunction with the Bible Society of Singapore, over 50,000 copies of a limited edition, ESV English and Chinese-language “Jubilee Bible” were distributed to participants. Many of the recipients affirmed their commitment to share these Bibles with their friends and neighbors.
Events like these are just a small picture of the spread of God’s Word throughout the world. Last December, Crossway launched an ambitious fundraising effort to help equip pastors and church leaders by distributing 250,000 ESV Global Study Bibles to leaders in places of great need in India, Africa, and other parts of Asia, as well as to provide free online and mobile access to the Global Study Bible.
Today, with the Lord’s gracious provision of funding through the generous support of thousands of individuals all around the world, Crossway is on the verge of launching the distribution phase of the campaign. During this phase, Crossway will partner with over 20 primary ministries around the world to ensure the Bibles are placed into the hands of under-resourced pastors and Christian leaders in cities and towns across India, Africa, India and other parts of Asia.
In addition, the online and digital phase of the Global Study Bible campaign is also nearly complete. The ESV Global Study Bible is now available for free online at ESVBible.org, and through the ESV Bible app for iPhone and iPad.
Please join Crossway in celebrating the expansion and distribution of God’s Word throughout the world. Please pray:
- That the distribution of 250,000 ESV Global Study Bibles would bless, encourage, and strengthen Christian leaders and the church all around the world;
- For Crossway’s many ministry partners, many of whom are on the frontlines of global Christian mission, that their efforts to distribute these resources would go unhindered;
- That God’s Word will accomplish and produce much fruit as it continues to go forth around the globe: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
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