Bible League International equips under-resourced churches with the Word of God in a way they can read, understand and share with their neighbors. These are the latest updates from our global ministry.


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The Word of God Restores Hope in Armenia

Although his country felt as though it could erupt into war at any moment, Serob wanted to serve his country out of love and duty. He says, “Like every Armenian guy, I was very proud to protect my homeland and I joined the National Army.”

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Now married with children, he says the realities of war deepened his disillusionment. “I saw so many dangers when I was in the Army. I felt empty inside,” he says. Serob’s mother-in-law became a believer, and tried to talk to him about God. “I did not believe a word she said. I was still very angry with God,” he says. One day, Serob’s wife wanted to invite people over for a Project Philip Bible study. “I got angry and told her no,” Serob remembers. “But I felt guilty and relented. I told her they could host these meetings, but I added that I would never be present during their Christian meetings.”

For weeks, the group would come over, and Serob retreated to his room. “I avoided meeting the believers, but I listened to everything they said. I started to like the Bible study lessons.” He started to find reasons to be home on meeting days. “I decided to be present in the meeting. It was quite a step, but I did it.” Once Serob began to study the Word of God, he became a faithful member of the group. “I was baptized over the summer,” he beams.

 

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A Transformed Life in Venezuela

From Heartbreak to Helping Others

With her marriage over, Leiza had been adapting to her new life and wanted to keep herself busy by turning her attention to others. She thought this would help her get over the break-up of her marriage more quickly. She joined a local church, and soon discovered she had a real hunger for the Word of God, and wanted to learn more about Jesus’ message of hope. The pastor of the church she belonged to invited her to attend a Project Philip Bible study. She loved the lessons so much, and found the material so easy to share with others, she decided to train to become a Philip (a Project Philip Bible study leader) herself. She says, “it did not take me long to become a Philip at all.” Leiza began to share God’s Word with children and teenagers living in some of the poorer areas on the outskirts of Barquisimeto. “The rural village had no basic services like electricity or garbage collection, and no chance of prosperity for the residents. I could not believe I did not know that such an impoverished area was right outside my town. I saw many children on the street, so I asked some people about it. They told me most of the parents leave their kids alone to look for jobs in other cities.” Leiza says God told her in that very moment to serve these children. “I started a Project Philip Bible study for children, and it has been wonderful,” she says. “The youngsters are smiling more, they communicate better, and they love the illustrated Bible because they never had anything like it before.” Leiza hopes to transform the future of children through the Word of God.

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Finding Hope in Prison

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He thought he cared about his kids and their mothers, but now he realizes he only did what was right for himself. Aaron notes, "After a lifetime of anger, disrespect, and hurting all the people I cared about, I wanted to stop and enjoy a family life with love. I had the right vision, but I was still living in the wrong." Aaron felt lost. And his family suffered. The addictions seemed only to grow. One day he finally hit rock bottom: Aaron hurt his 7-month-old son. The next day the police arrested him.

New Life in Christ

He confesses, “That was the hardest thing I ever went through." Aaron says with clarity, "But that tragedy brought me to the Lord." He continues, “When I got to prison, every cell had a Bible. I picked one up and never put it down. I read it and fell on my knees.” Aaron asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior that day. He prayed that the Lord would save his son’s life. He says with a smile, “By the grace of God, my son is alive and healing. I promised God to only serve Him for the rest of my days." After beginning his life in Christ, Aaron worried about how his new faith would grow. God soon gave His answer. "I didn’t know how to keep being in God. But when I transferred here, God brought Project Philip Bible studies to this jail,” Aaron explains. “Now, I can study to become more like Jesus and help others. Even though things are not perfect, and I’m not perfect, God is working in me. My life is His, and I know He will do what is best for me."