More than a Bible in a Nightstand
February 25, 2022
THRU the BIBLE partners with ShareWord Global
notice the Bible in most hotel nightstands? Who put those Bibles there? What
stories can be told of how God works in people’s lives because of those Bibles?
Just ask anyone associated with the ministry of the Gideons and they’ll tell
you of their evangelistic roots “to see souls saved.”
years ago, The Gideons International in Canada launched new avenues of ministry
both domestically and around the world under the name ShareWord Global. In
addition to sharing Bibles, ShareWord Global partners with local churches to
invite people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and then leaves them with a
copy of Scripture to help them on that journey. From their beginning, they saw
interest in the gospel and opportunities only God could have orchestrated.
is where a beautiful partnership developed between ShareWord Global and THRU
the BIBLE. ShareWord Global realized their focus on evangelism only took local
churches part way. They needed tools for discipleship.
his decades of global ministry experience, THRU the BIBLE’s Canadian director,
Ray Alary, stepped in to advise ShareWord Global’s direction. He pointed them
to places in the world where he saw God at work. He also offered them THRU the
BIBLE’s core content, five years of Dr. McGee’s systematic Bible teaching
through the entire Word of God. This is what churches needed to round out
exciting part is churches that work with ShareWord Global demand help—not just
evangelism, but discipleship,” Ray says enthusiastically. “It’s a beautiful
partnership; no one competes with each other, and each has a defined way they
do things. In places where people are minimally literate, we’re using
simplified material and audio resources in their heart language. It’s working
really well. The Word of God speaks for itself. Dr. McGee puts the meat on it.
It’s a comfortable way to go through Scripture.
we use radio players and SD cards in places where radio signals don’t reach.
When technology changes, we’ll do it differently. ShareWord Global now trains
local pastors, in person for several days, patterned after THRU the BIBLE’s
Home Groups in India. Currently in the Dominican Republic, we’re working with
do we go next? Our hearts are set on ministry in Nicaragua and Cuba, then we’ll
see about Chile, Peru, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East.”
Global says “we are called to ‘go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew
28:19) and so, we go. Together, we can tell the world.”
Sound familiar? Pray for this beautiful partnership as together we explore
another way to take the whole Word to the whole world.