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Nepal

It’s been reported that 100,000 paperback editions of Gideon Bibles have been sent to Nepal,and that the government has allegedly told the missionaries that next time perhaps they “give their thick heads a shake” and send emergency supplies instead.

The Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is supposed to have commented, “Well, isn’t that just a plane-load full of stupid?”,  when told by CNN that the plane taxiing in to Tribhuvan International Airport was full of Gideon Bibles.

This, against the backdrop of millions of Nepalese desperate for help following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has struck the country.

The Nepal PM is quoted as allegedly saying, “We cannot eat Bibles. We cannot use them as shovels.”

“Nepal desperately needs food and medicine and equipment and workers…not books.”

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Social media is abuzz with this story which seems to have originated from “The Lapine”, a satirical website.

The ironic part of the story (and what makes for good sarcasm) is that it is not that unbelievable. Things like this have been done numerous times.

Gideons International  say that the organization does continually ship Bibles all across the world. However, they send them on container ships, not planes.

Concerning Nepal specifically,  they had their own printing operations within the country, and they had printed 200,000 copies of the Bible in December. Therefore, let’s not worry –  the Gideons in Nepal have plenty of Bibles to distribute to the victims of the earthquake….. just the thing to help the suffering in this tragedy of immense scale.

It’s a pity, though, that the books aren’t edible or potable, nor provide much needed shelter.

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Scottish Bible Society Appeal

imageAn Emergency Appeal for the Philippines

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
Psalm 46:1-3 (NKJV)
As you may have seen and heard in the news, the people of the Philippines are in desperate need of our prayers and support in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. News reports tell of winds up to 315 km per hour, with estimates that 1.2 million people have been made homeless or displaced by the typhoon in the Philippines, with the death toll estimated at more than 10,000.
Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families. People are becoming violent. They are looting business establishments, the malls, just to find food, rice and milk… I am afraid that in one week, people will be killing from hunger.
High school teacher Andrew Pomeda, 36 –
One of the survivors who was left with nothing, said, “In times like this, we depend on the love and mercy of God.”
We are a devastated and deeply wounded people. We have not yet recovered from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October and now Super Typhoon Yolanda, ferociously came and sent tsunami-like waves and howling winds that flattened almost entire cities in the Visayas. The hardest hit was Tacloban, which is totally destroyed. We are calling for an emergency response for Scriptures needed in the affected areas. We will coordinate with churches and relief agencies already working in the area for the appropriate distribution of these Scriptures.
Nora Lucero, General Secretary of the Philippine Bible Society
Filipinos are a deeply spiritual people, with more than 90% of its population Christian. Many people have lost their Bibles in the storm at a time when they need them most. That is why the Philippine Bible Society is planning to make hundreds of thousands of Scriptures available for distribution, alongside essential aid, such as food, blankets and medicine. Please do consider donating to help support this vital work.
Thank you for your prayers and support at this time.

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Bibles for Haiti

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August 27, 2013 · 08:35

Food for Thought

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