Bibles for the poor this Christmas
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11) This verse is one of numerous references to the poor in the Bible and in most of the verses we are encouraged to care for the poor.
According to statistics, 30,4 million South Africans live in poverty. One out of every three South Africans live on an income of less than R797 per month, with more women living in poverty than men, and children and the elderly the hardest hit. For one out of every seven South Africans it means a shortage of food, they have to survive on R441 or less per month. According to the latest available statistics, 27,7% of the economically active population of South Africa is unemployed.
The Bible brings hope, but many people are unable to afford a Bible. Requests from people who would like a Bible of their own or from churches who would like to help the poor with Bibles, pour into our Bible Houses on a daily basis. There is a strategy in place to ensure that the Bibles reach the right people.
This project is, however, only possible if funds are available. In this month of Christmas, we ask for your help to be able to provide the Word – that brings comfort and hope – to the poor.
- people who for some reason or other are unable to provide for all of life’s needs
- every person who will receive a Bible of their own.