February 21, 2018

A Bible for Every South Pacific Student

Tracey Bridcutt, Adventist Record & Adventist Review

A Bible for every student attending a Seventh-day Adventist school in the Pacific region is the impetus for a new edition of the World Changers Bible.

“It is such a great initiative—I believe every child should have their own Bible”

South Pacific Division (SPD) church region youth leader Nick Kross has received an order for 50,000 Bibles from the SPD education department, to be handed out in Adventist schools in Pacific island nations, and possibly also in Australia and New Zealand.

“It is such a great initiative—I believe every child should have their own Bible,” Kross said. “It’s an essential tool for their Bible classes at school.”

It will be the fifth print run of the World Changers Bible, a project launched at the SPD Youth Congress in 2013. The project continues to flourish, with 225,700 Bibles printed to date, including 1,200 World Changers Bibles in French.

“At the core of Adventist DNA is the primacy of the Word and the primacy of truth, and in this package, we have combined a Bible with studies of the main themes of Scripture and added a discipleship training kit,” Kross had stated at the launch of the first edition in 2013. “This powerful combination can take the gospel across our part of the world by putting these tools in the hands of young people.”

The new edition, currently under production, will have an intentional focus on discipleship. The youth department is also placing a strategic focus on “missional communities,” favoring not only personal but communal Bible reading and discussions. The World Changers Bible complements this ministry focus area.

“It will still be very useful for one-on-one witnessing; it still has all the information on how to win a soul for Jesus,” Kross explained. “It will also include an insert for those starting small groups and church plants, and can be used in conjunction with the ‘Pacific Reach’ and ‘Following Jesus’ discipleship training [programs].”

Kross is working towards an overall print run of 150,000 Bibles, which means that local churches have an opportunity to be included in the bulk order, helping to keep costs at a minimum.

The Bibles will cost around $A7 (about 5.5 US dollars) each. They are hardcover and will come with a set of Bible studies. They are scheduled to become available by mid-2018, regional leaders said.