The following projects have been submitted by SEA Mission member societies:
Here are some projects from Cambodia.
Here are some Laos Projects.
Big Project for Malaysia
Bible Ministry Promotion Workshop
Bible Ministry workshops have been successful in Myanmar. Many church leaders, members and even youth from different denominations participate in these workshops, and have become more involved in Bible ministry. In 2014, we will be conducting three Bible Ministry workshops in two strategic towns, one of which is Loikaw, located in Southern Myanmar. Through these workshops, we will be able to effectively meet the Scripture needs in Myanmar.
Each year, over 400 young people from various denominations participate in the Bible Competition, which includes Bible recitations and a Bible quiz. This year, the Bible competition was held as part of the Myanmar Baptist Convention. It impacted the lives of many young people, as they were transformed by the Word of God.
Bible Day Programme
The third Sunday of August is designated as Bible Day. The Bible Society of Myanmar encourages churches and fellowships, both within Myanmar and abroad, to observe Bible Day meaningfully with a worship program in which special prayers and contributions are made for Bible ministry.
In order for churches and organizations to plan and participate in this special day, we produce a booklet that highlights information and challenges of Bible ministry in Myanmar. It also includes a Bible study and a message on the year’s theme – this year’s is “The Word of God: To Teach and To Preach”. On Bible Day, ministers from member churches of different denominations also represent the Bible Society in churches in Yangon and other districts, where they share about the Bible ministry whilst preaching a message.
Every year, about 4,000 churches and Christian Organizations observe Bible Day. The Seventh Day Adventist church observes Bible Day on the sabbath day nearest to the third Sunday of August. Contributions on Bible Day from churches have increased every year.
Pre-Bible Day Programmes
The Pre-Bible Day programmes are song, poetry and article competitions based on the theme of the year. Every year the song competition and Bible competition draws over 2,500 talented young people to participate in the programme.
Distributing Scripture for 5 Different Languages of Bible-hungry people in Myanmar
Project Summary: Myanmar,a country with about 60 million people, under military rule for the past 50 years, and having a Buddhist majority has been facing a scarcity of Scripture. In spite of such a difficult situation, churches are continually growing and truth seekers are increasing, especially among the minority groups. This project is to provide 32,000 copies of Scripture to 5 different languages namely: Myanmar, Khumi, Cho, Siyin and Hawa Naga.
Target Audience: Bible hungry Christians of 5 different language groups who are facing political and economic change.
Engaging 9,000 Youth with the Word of God
Project Summary: This project is to introduce Bible reading and the Bible study habit to 9,000 young people, so thta they will experience a lasting difference in their lives.
Target Audience: Youth
Advocating the Bible Through Different Printed Materials
Project Summary: This project is to reach people regardless of age and faith background with different Bible-based products. The products include selections including Easter,Christmas and special issues, Christians’ Diary (with daily Bible reading chart), Scripture Calendar (small and medium – with daily Bible reading chart) and a Year Planner (with daily Bible reading chart). The Calendar, Year Planner and Dairy are effective ways to encourage a daily Bible reading habit.
Target Audience: People regardless of faith.
We are implementing the following Bible translation projects:
Current Translation Projects
Upcoming Translation Projects
We are expecting to start the following Bible translation project by 2015
Project Objective: Collaborate with Prison Fellowship Singapore to publish 3,000 copies of Free On The Inside, in Chinese Union Version, large print format.
Project Summary: This is a follow-up to the English edition of Free On The Inside published in April 2012. Due to the dim lighting in confinement, the Bible needs to be printed on special paper and in large print. Notes of encouragement and advice on following Christ will continue to be included to bring hope to inmates, offering them a chance to transform their lives and claim the freedom God has promised through Christ.
Target Audience: Prison inmates in all the prisons in Singapore
Project Objective: Collaborate with Network of Filipino Churches in Singapore (NETFIL) to print and distribute Bibles to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Singapore.
Project Summary: As of 2012, there are 172,690 Filipinos living in Singapore, with nearly 50% working as domestic helpers1. These OFWs in Singapore often struggle with homesickness and financial concerns. By putting a Bible in their hands, we hope to offer them spiritual comfort and wisdom.
Target Audience: Filipino domestic workers, hospital workers, hotel workers etc. in Singapore
Project Objective: Print and distribute 5,000 copies of the Bible to mission schools, which will include a gospel presentation and notes to reach out to them.
Project Summary: God has given us opportunities to share Christ with students in mission schools. Even if we cannot touch each and every student individually, we hope that the Bible which each of them receives will speak to them at opportune times and encourage them to turn to Christ.
Target Audience: Students in mission schools in Singapore
Project Objective: Print and distribute 40,000 copies each of the Easter and Christmas selections (in English, Chinese and Tamil language).
Project Summary: Good Friday, Easter and Christmas are the three most prominent holidays associated with Christianity. Many churches take these opportunities to conduct evangelistic events to reach out to their communities. BSS supports the churches by providing selections specific to these holidays to aid in their evangelistic outreach.
Target Audience: Pre-believers
Project Objective: Print and distribute 50,000 copies of David C Cook’s The Story of Jesus Christ (English – 20,000 copies, Chinese – 20,000 copies and Tamil – 10,000 copies).
Project Summary: This 24-page booklet presents the story of Jesus Christ in comic format, beginning with the story of creation and listing down the steps to salvation. Churches can use this resource to effectively share the gospel with children and youths.
Target Audience: English, Chinese and Tamil-speaking children and youths
Project Objective: Print and distribute 5,000 copies of Teasers with a Message – Gift of Life.
Project Summary: This little booklet presents the gospel in a non-confrontational manner using six teasers which subtly bring out the gospel message. By working through the puzzles, readers will be prompted to think about the meaning of life and invited to start a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Target Audience: Youths and young adults
Bible Literacy Programmes
Project Objective: Advocate holistic engagement and interaction with the Scriptures.
Project Summary: The Bible Mission aims not just to make God’s Word available, but also to help believers understand and grow in the Word. The Sower Institute for Biblical Discipleship, a ministry of BSS, conducts programmes and conferences to help Christians strengthen their knowledge and application of the Word. To make these available to as many Christians as possible, such programmes are heavily subsidised. Our challenge is to keep these programmes affordable even in the midst of rising operational costs.
Target Audience: Believers who wish to grow in holistic Scripture engagement
Bible Advocacy Initiatives
Project Objective: Espouse biblical values in opinion-forming and decision-making, especially for believers in the public square, in partnership with Christian agencies and organisations.
Project Summary: Bible Advocacy focuses on how the Scriptures are presented or perceived in public. Wisdom and experience is crucial since it involves ministry in the public arena. To this end, BSS is initiating the following platforms for Asian “movers and shakers” to congregate and collaborate:
Target Audience: Public opinion-formers and decision-makers
C.A.R.E. Languages Peoples Ministries Centre
Project Objective: Reach out to the three language-based groups (Chinese, Indian, Bahasa) and seven people-based groups (Next Generation/Children, Social Concerns, Women, Sports, Marketplace, Elderly, Catholics) in Singapore and the South East Asia region.
Project Summary: Springing from 1 John 3:18 to “love not (only) in word or talk but also in deed and in truth”, BSS seeks to reach out to these segments of the community in tangible and practical ways via CARE LPMC. Working with churches/partners with the same vision, BSS provides Bible resources, ministry support and venues at highly subsidised rates.
Target Audience: Pre-believers in the different groups
Mission Support to UBS Mission Resource Hub in Singapore (UBS Hub)
Project Objective: Be a resource partner for the UBS Hub in Singapore, Institute of Computer-Assisted Publishing (UBS ICAP), UBS China Partnership (UBS CP) and ASEAN Bible Societies.
Project Summary: Singapore is blessed to be one of the more economically developed countries in South East Asia and BSS is more than willing to help serve UBS beyond its shores. Thus far, BSS renders support in terms of publishing expertise (our Publishing Director gives 20% of his time to UBS ICAP), IT (BSS helps to maintain IT infrastructure at the Hub), financial matters (accounting support to SEA Mission Bible Societies and remittance support to UBS CP in SEA) and administrative matters (coordination of meetings and hosting of UBS delegates in Singapore).
Target Audience: UBS Hub in Singapore, UBS ICAP, UBS CP and ASEAN Bible Societies
Development of Communications and Mission Awareness for Southeast Asia Affinity Group
Project Objective: Set up a Communications Resource Centre to help Bible Societies in the region better position themselves as mission organisations and enhance their fundraising capabilities.
Project Summary: Come 2015, ASEAN countries will be integrated into one “borderless” Economic Community. Bible societies in the region also plan to work more closely to advance the Bible Mission among the rapidly growing churches in South East Asia. The South East Asia Affinity Group aims to gather and promote the sharing of tools and resources so that each Bible Society is better served.
Target Audience: Bible Societies in South East Asia, and any resource mobilising Bible Society involved in South East Asian outreach
Colours of the Bible
Project Objective: Create awareness of history in Scripture through art.
Project Summary: Colours of the Bible is an art competition organised by BSS and the Embassy of Israel. This year’s inaugural competition theme was “Celebrating Biblical Feasts and Festivals with Art”. The competition encourages participants to engage with the Bible in a creative way, and also promotes cultural exchange. This enables people in Singapore and Israel to learn more about each other’s societies, while gaining a deeper understanding of Scripture.
Target Audience: People from all walks of life