You don’t need a Bible to be a Christian, of course. But without one, it’s a lot harder to grasp certain concepts—or to hang onto your faith during tough times. Scriptures let people study and reflect for themselves, truly owning and growing in their relationship with God.
A former shaman in Vanuatu was sent out as a missionary—before he really understood the gospel. What did he tell people? “You have to work hard to get into heaven.” Then he joined a Bible translation team. After working on Galatians, he finally understood: “There’s nothing we can do to be saved. [We’re saved through] the blood of Jesus.”
“I wondered if they weren’t just preaching their own ideas. … But as soon as I learned to read in Lama and could then read God’s Word myself, I was convinced they were teaching the truth. When I read and meditate on God’s Word, I understand it just like they do.”
– Angèle Akonda, a woman who attended a literacy class in Togo
With God’s Word, the local church can study, reflect, and develop their own forms of meaningful worship and community life.
Our partners are training church leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific how to work through emotional trauma—in their own lives and with their communities. The workshops walk through basic mental health principles, with God’s Word as a foundation.