Is Bibles For The World’s Child Sponsorship Ministry In India in Danger?

Recent developments in India have had consequences for a number of ministry groups that have outreaches to Indian people.  The most visible of these is Compassion International, which was recently forced to withdraw its support for some 148,000 children sponsored by Compassion partners.

What does this mean for Bibles For The World?

The news in India isn’t completely dire. For more than 50 years, Bibles For The World, headquartered in Colorado Springs, has provided a sponsorship program to assist children living in poverty in India. While our program differs quite a bit from that offered by other ministries, we have continued to provide help and hope throughout the turmoil Compassion has experienced during the past year — and there are no concerns at this time that our program is in jeopardy.

Bibles For The World’s “Partner Parents” program matches children in grades K-12, and even college and seminary students, with partners in the United States and Canada who provide for tuition, books, uniforms, shoes and basic health care in one of our three dozen Christian schools across northeast India. Older students attend Trinity College & Seminary, located in Sielmat, in the Manipur state of NE India. Currently, some 2,300 young people are sponsored — but there are at least 7,000 who are on waiting lists.

The Indian government places a high value on education — and that is what we deliver through accredited, high-quality Christian education overseen by Indian nationals. Our Partner Parents program is designed to promote lasting relationships between children and their sponsors.

Of course, we grieve for the loss of Compassion’s help to those in India who are in desperate need. However, we believe people should know there are still ministries, like Bibles For The World, that continue to provide opportunities for people to make a difference through their sponsorship of young people in India.

Help and Hope in Baton Rouge

Not every opportunity to touch lives with God’s Word happens overseas.  Sometimes, you simply do what’s needed.  When recent floodwaters ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tens of thousands of residents were displaced, many losing everything to the swirling waters.  Bibles For The World staff member Dakota Sandras joined a team of workers determined to bring help — and hope — to many affected by the storms.  Thankfully, BFTW’s warehouse is well-stocked with copies of the New Testament — our special version called “No Greater Love.”  We loaded Dakota’s vehicle with cases of the books to add to other supplies she would be helping deliver through relief efforts spearheaded by local churches in Baton Rouge.  Help…and hope.  Pray with us for the people of Baton Rouge who stand in need of both.

BFTW Joins Ministries to Promote Int’l Day of the Bible

A coalition of some of the top Bible ministries are partnering to promote International Day of the Bible on Monday, November 23. The National Bible Association, the American Bible Society, Bibles For The World, YouVersion, and Bible Gateway are inviting people across the globe to participate by creatively expressing their appreciation of the Bible via social media.

“We’re thrilled with the reception to the launch of International Day of the Bible,” says Richard Glickstein, President of the National Bible Association and the founder of this one day celebration. “We encourage everyone from faith groups to performing artists as well as business, sports, community and religious leaders to participate. People can share their appreciation of God’s Word via social media or in public at noon in their local time zones. Honoring God’s Word and asking Him to bless our nations and bring peace to the world is particularly apt in this period of great turmoil.”

The Bible is is the best-selling book of all time, with Guinness World Records indicating that over five billion copies have been sold. The entire Bible has been translated into 531 languages, and 2883 languages have at least some portion of the Bible.

Glickstein suggests simply reading a favorite passage with family, friends, co-workers and schoolmates, with no commentary or sermonizing. He encourages people to read the Bible out loud in public using social media to capture and share with others.

186_powerofthewordJohn Pudaite, President of Bibles For The World said, “I am very excited to see this event grow. God’s Word is foundational, not only to our culture in the United States, but also to cultures across the globe. Not only is the message of the Bible transformational – it profoundly changes people’s lives. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge the power of God’s Word than to simply read it aloud in public.”

As a new feature of the event this year, Bibles For The World is launching a “40 Days of the Bible” radio outreach featuring brief stories of the power of God’s Word to change lives. Countless thousands of listeners to Christian radio will be encouraged to visit dayofthebible.org from October 19 through November 23 to learn more about how they can participate in this special celebration day.

Everyone can share their event with the world by utilizing their social media.

Hashtag: #BibleCelebration

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IntlDayofBible (@IntlDayofBible)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/internationaldayofthebible

Instagram: @IntlDayofBible

BFTW and World Race Continue Partnership

Bibles For The World is continuing what has been a profitable partnership with The World Race in 2015 and beyond!  Last spring, a team of more than 50 young men and women traveled to Manipur to assist BFTW in many projects, including community medical clinics, construction work at the Trinity College and Seminary, visiting and praying for people at Selma Christian Hospital and helping with special programs at various elementary and high schools.

BFTW president John Pudaite and his wife Lawm are hosting 58 members of the World Race team for similar outreaches this October and November.

“We love the World Race members,” said Lawm in a recent interview.  “They are so enthusiastic and genuinely desire to help in any way they can.  People truly see the love of Jesus in the selfless way they pitch in to help.”

Please pray for the Pudaites and the World Race members as they deal with a greatly modified schedule and locations for their outreach due to the continuing unrest in Manipur!

A Lifetime Investment

On a trip to India, the daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce reconnects with a Christian leader dear to her family.

By Marilee Pierce Dunker

Bob Pierce

Rochunga Pudaite and Bob Pierce

“My grandfather was a headhunter. But by God’s grace, today I am a heart-hunter.”

I was 10 years old the first time I heard Rochunga Pudaite make that statement, and I have never forgotten the vivid image it painted.

Rochunga grew up in a village deep in the jungles of Manipur, India. His tribe, the Hmar, was greatly feared because members took the heads of their enemies as trophies. But in 1910 a missionary named Watkin Roberts came to Rochunga’s village to share the gospel. Rochunga’s father, Changwa, was among the first to receive Christ; and when Rochunga was 10, he also gave his heart to Jesus.

Hungry for an education so he could learn more about the Bible and help his people, Ro (as his friends call him) began attending a mission school at age 11. It was a five-day journey from his village to the school, and he made the trip four times each year-alone.

As a child I loved hearing my father tell the story of the little boy who trusted God to keep him safe from the man-eating tigers, bears, and snakes of the jungle. His brave journey was featured in a 1960 issue of