Igniting Fresh Passion for the Word of God
When it was founded more than 200 years ago, the mission of the Maryland Bible Society (MBS) was to see that every individual had the opportunity to own a Bible, regardless of their native language or financial situation. Because this mission has been mostly fulfilled, with more than 90% of homes in America having at least one Bible, MBS is emphasizing active biblical engagement by reading, teaching, and studying God’s Word. We long to see passion for living God’s Word ignited in the workplace, schools, homes, among youth, and throughout communities. Our desire is to impact lives that will be transformed as the Holy Spirit works through the Scriptures, resources, and opportunities provided and supported by MBS.
Today’s MBS : Igniting Fresh Passion in Our Youth
IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Bibles in public schools? It’s not only possible, but it’s being done through the partnership of the Maryland Bible Society with two extraordinary ministries, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). “Good News Clubs” have been started in several Maryland public schools and more than 3,000 children have become members with hundreds having given their hearts to Christ. Over 400 Christian volunteers have been trained to impact these kids’ lives.
IN HIGH SCHOOLS
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a sports ministry started in 1954 and now active in most of our high schools. In 1990 religious groups won the right to conduct Bible study programs during lunch hours and after school, and schools were ordered to allow student-led Christian groups to meet. Members of “the Huddle” Bible study club in one of our local schools recently set up a table near the school store and made Bibles available to fellow students. More than 250 students asked questions, expressed a desire to receive a Bible, and walked out of school that day carrying Word of God – copies of the New Testament supplied by MBS
The Maryland Bible Society recently awarded convention tuition scholarships to students in the Institute for Cultural Communicators at Regent University in Virginia Beach. The Institute not only trains these students to communicate effectively, but they are trained in Christian apologetics as well. One scholarship recipient, Ryan Sinni (17 yrs) of Germantown, MD, commented, “I am so grateful that the Maryland Bible Society has supported my growth in leadership and communication. Beyond simply knowing what the Bible says, I’ve learned to communicate its message to the culture. I am delighted that the Maryland Bible Society has helped equip me to lead the next generation for Christ.”
Today’s MBS: Igniting Fresh Passion Through Our Partnerships
MBS has and will continue to establish and build exciting partnerships that promote the distribution of the Bible, supply related resources, and provide engagement opportunities. Some our partners are:
Beachmont Christian Ministries creates a Christian atmosphere in which people of all ages can enjoy wholesome activities that will enrich their lives emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Beachmont offers a variety of programs for individuals and families as well as a youth day camping experience.
Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded in 1952, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.
The Christian Professional Network is a growing network of Christian business leaders who help one another develop godly character, professional competence, and personal commitment in all their business affairs to the glory of God. MBS helps CPN implement its strategy of providing every member with ready access to valuable resources and meaningful relationships in our quest for Biblical success.
International Care, Inc. (IC Orphans) serves gospel-focused churches as they care for orphans and vulnerable children. Inspired by the faith of a three-year-old girl, and in heartfelt memory of her short time here on earth, the Hooshga Project was birthed as a practical way to engage the church in taking the gospel message to orphans and vulnerable children worldwide.
Youth for Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.
Today’s MBS: Igniting Fresh Passion Using Technology
We are excited about adding the podcast as another way for us to reach people, to help them understand the beauty and power of God’s Word, and the transformative nature of Scripture. It is meant for those who have been studying His Word for many years, those who are just coming to be students, and even first time readers of Scripture.
Maryland Bible Society has teamed up with Back to the Bible to deliver its goTandem mobile app, designed to send biblical reminders, exhortation, and encouragement throughout the day – reminders are customized to you, based on your answers to a series of questions about your Christian life and challenges.
Today’s MBS: Engagement Around the World
MBS and G.A.P. Ministry have shipped more than 10,000 Bibles and biblical reference works to Kenya directly from Baltimore in order to provide local Kenyans with affordable Christian literature to help nurture and grow their spiritual maturity.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
In addition to providing canteens, bottled water, sandwiches, chips, and clean-up assistance to area residents during Baltimore’s recent civil unrest, the Salvation Army wanted to supply spiritual help. On the morning of April 29th they reached out to the Maryland Bible Society and we packed up 1,382 Bibles, New Testaments, and Gospels of John for distribution by the Salvation Army to those in need.