Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quote of the Day:   “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” ― John Wesley

Today, we gave out the last of the 100 Bibles in Swahili we bought with funds provided by the One Book Foundation.  The General Secretary of the denomination is in Bunda and had the responsibility of deciding which of the thirty churches would get Bibles.  No church got more than five, but every church wanted from fifteen to thirty of them.  At least this way every church that asked got some.  We have started three new churches in the last year, so they got the first fifteen Bibles.  The Bibles cost us $10 each which I think is highway robbery but it's what we have to pay.  The Gideons offered us free New Testaments in Swahili, but they were all based on the King James Bible and no one here can understand the translation.  The Bibles we distribute are much more modern and based on the Good News version which is very popular here in Africa.  We could use three hundred more, easily, but that's $3,000 worth, and we just don't have the money right now.  If any of you who read this blog want to help, it shouldn't be too hard to raise the money for just five Bibles from a Sunday School class or whatever.  I know that every church in the U.S. is hard pressed just to keep up with salaries and maintenance, but $50 would go a long way here.  $50 won't buy many light bulbs for your church, but as I remember the old joke, "How many United Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?"  "Change?  My grandmother gave that lightbulb to this church!"  Still, don't forget us.  It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference here.  God bless all of you who have given in the past and who still support us with your prayers.  We couldn't make it without you.
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