Every year, hundreds of churches throughout New Zealand set aside one Saturday or Sunday as Bible Sabbath or Bible Sunday, to encourage people to engage with God through the Bible.
“I felt like I was in darkness when I found out I was HIV-positive,” says 40-year-old Marie Jeanne. “Then I was given a Bible. Now I have peace and hope.
We are not short of Bibles - in our church there are so many Bibles; it is the peace and hope that the stories, letters, narrative, songs and poems in the Bible bring that we can be very short of. Today there are copies of various Bible Reading materials to help you read the Bible. Start with a short passage each day. Read it twice softly to yourself; let it speak to you personally. Let it be a conversation with the wisdom of all of life. To my wonder, stories I have known since my childhood, will speak to me of something new and inspiring when I sit down to read them. Read the Bible on your ipad or your phone; beside your bed or at the table. Let it speak to your life.
It costs an average of $10 to get a bible to people who don’t have one and who seek to read it in their own language. The Bible Society has marked envelopes in the church foyer for donations.