Being a Word Rider Filipino style

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A group of motorcyclists, the Word Riders, under the auspices of the Bible Society of South Africa, get together once a year for a week-long tour when they distribute Bibles to Grade 7 learners at schools in some of the poorest areas of our country. Inspired by this initiative, the Philippine Bible Society now also has a Word Riders group doing similar outreach work. Founder and organiser of the South African Word Riders, Francois Sieberhagen, and Word Riders veterans, Tony de Melim and Manfred Haarde, joined the Philippine Word Riders during a tour to the north of the country in November. Francois shares their experience.

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Christ in Christmas

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Christians everywhere are excited to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. In South Africa, the backdrop to the season is the prospect of a summer holiday and creating special memories with friends and family.

Most of us will probably navigate heavy traffic, endure sweltering heat, experience long shopping queues, witness tearful tots and even an impassioned exchange or two. All this, as we listen to our favourite Christmas carols. Many of us will host family members visiting from other cities and live in cramped spaces. When the initial excitement wanes, what then? It sometimes feels like the season to be merry is anything but.

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The Bible: A book of second chances

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Our library here at Bible House in Cape Town is indeed a treasure trove. Here one finds Bibles that tell a unique tale. God’s Word as recorded in the Bible is the most awesome unfolding of truth, miracles, prophecy and promise as well as hope, love and peace. But these Bibles, also tell the personal stories of their owners.

A Bible that immediately grabs one's attention is one with a bullet hole through it and blood smeared on some of the pages. It tells a tale of conflict, redemption and second chances.

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Hearing God in a silent world

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Grasping the message of hope and salvation in the Bible is hard for many of us, even more so for those who cannot hear. Explaining the gospel to the Deaf is indeed, immensely challenging. Someone who is well acquainted with this is Dr Rocco Hough, who has been ministering to this community for the last 30 years and who is also involved in the translation of the Bible Society’s first-ever English Bible for the Deaf.

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