Boxes, Boxes of Bibles

Boxes, Boxes of Bibles

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Paul Woodington is one of two pilots flying in the remote Wewak region of northern Papua New Guinea – where there are no proper roads and people regularly travel over severe terrain. After coming back from a weekend outreach in the bush, where he took Bibles and solar powered audio Bibles, he came away with all of the audio bibles sold and back orders of 20. “ …one family purchased this audio bible from me, 3hours walk away from Guriaso in the West Sepik. They are very pleased to have this bible. All weekend we could hear people listening to their Bibles. “Please can you send another 100.”
“I cannot tell you how much this ministry means to so many people. When I turn up at a remote station like Sisamin, last week, they purchased everything I had. All Bibles, commentaries, lights [*solar light kits], eye glasses.”
Dave Rogers, MAF Pilot based in Goroka Eastern Highlands Province: “Ande was the first community I got the opportunity to pull out my new bible box. And one lady really took it upon herself to help me sell all of them. She was so excited about the low price we were selling them for (according to her, half that of what they sell them for even in major towns where supply is easy).” Dave was touched as people gathered around to buy the bibles. “I’d try to imagine how many people that each one was going to impact.” Dave also had some solar powered audio bibles with him. One man  came up and purchased one. “He told me of how excited he was to be able to share it with his mother, who could not read, and would now be able to listen to it whenever she pleased.”
Andrew Little, an Australian MAF pilot serving in PNG: After flying to an airstrip, he has talked about people who have walked “hours and hours or even up to half a day on the off chance that they might be able to buy a bible out of the back of the plane. “We’re seeing God push back the darkness with the light of his word as people uncover more about who he is.”
Luke Newell, MAF pilot: “While at Yifki today, Susan and Jonathan Kopf, the NTM missionaries at Yifki, were asking Simon and me if we happened to have any audio Bibles. We had our Bible Box with us and, as this was the first stop of the day, it was full. We were able to sell Susan four audio Bibles which she lends out to some of the youth at Yifki. The youth are using the English audio Bibles to hear the gospel but also to learn English – win-win!  When everyone saw the Bible Box come out, immediately there was a steady stream of people eager to buy Tok Pisin Bibles and within a few minutes, the box was empty apart from a couple of English Bibles.  We enjoy being able to support the Kopfs and the Yifki community using the airplane and the Bible Box.”
Todd Aebischer, MAF program manager for PNG, climbed a board a flight with a Bible Box flying to Abuluwa. Once landed, the locals explained to him that the closest road was a 1 ½ days walk for them. “MAF represents their lifeline for medical evacuations, supplies, and on this day…BIBLES!” One man approached the plane and started asking after Bibles. “I was humbled as the man took everything we had and asked if he couldn’t please get more.  More people wanted to have their own copy of the Bible in their language.  We emptied our box and assured the man that more would come on the next plane.” – Todd Aebischer   “We cannot meet the demand that out there in the remote areas. You talk to the MAF pilots and they say the 1st airstrip that they land, the whole box is sold out!” Bryan Matthews, deputy general   “Even after the earthquake when many had gathered at the airstrips and they were asking for food and water and basic things, they were also asking for the Bibles. We had calls coming in from the people working on the ground asking us to put Bibles on the airplanes.” Sharlene Coker with MAF
CRMF never has any problem selling their printed Bibles or audio Bibles. In fact, they usably can’t get an order in soon enough for the growing demand. Importing Bibles into PNG can be a very difficult and frustrating process.

We face a many of hurtles and barriers to bring in God’s word. You can pray for:

  • The system for importing Tok Pisin (trade language) or Tok Place (local languages) Bibles in PNG is broken and not dependable. Please Pray for easier solutions to be able to keep up with the growing demand for Bibles.
  • Trying to import Solar Audio Bible Players into PNG is also a challenge. We depend on donors’ support to help subsidize the cost to K40. Please Pray for willing hearts who are able to give towards this project to make Audio Bibles more affordable for those in remote communities.

Bible Box Statistics

This year CRMF has sold 1043 Audio Bibles and 1980 Tok Pisin Bibles, and they are still more being shipped out right now!

  • English Good New Bible – 336
  • NIV Bible – 112
  • Bible Handbook – 38
  • Reading Glasses – 150
  • Jesus Film DVD – 50
  • Tok Pisin Bibles – 1980
  • Audio Bibles – 1043

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Dave’s Own Biblebox – by Dave Rogers, MAF pilot

Dave’s Own Biblebox – by Dave Rogers, MAF pilot

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What’s so exciting about a cheap plastic toolbox? Well it’s what we use to store bibles and other Christian resources to take to sell in the communities we visit.

We heavily subsidise them to reduce the costs to something they can afford. To this point I haven’t had my own, so have only been able to carry them when there has been a spare one around.

So I’d been meaning for a while to get one of my own to carry around wherever I go.

Ande was the first community I got the opportunity to pull out my new bible box. And one lady really took it upon herself to help me sell all of them all. She was so excited about the low price we were selling them for (according to her, half that of what they sell them for even in major towns where supply is easy).

So she literally began to spruik them to the gathered community and was sprinting up and down the airstrip to the different huts gathering people. It was touching to see each person come up gradually to have a look and buy one – I’d try to imagine how many people that each one was going to impact. 

I also had some solar powered audio bibles with me. One man who had purchased one told me of how excited he was to be able to share it with his mother, who could not read, and would now be able to listen to it whenever she pleased.

In the end they cleaned me out of everything I had and asked me to make sure the next time I return I bring more, and tell them in advance so they can gather surrounding communities.

I wasn’t expecting to have to restock so soon, but that’s a nice problem to have!