In June 2020 we launched our 1,000th set of Free Bible story images. When the project started 10 years ago it took 18 months to get our first story online and we struggled to find more. So to reach a thousand stories in ten years is a great testimony of God’s help and provision coupled with a lot of hard work and perseverance. Once online a story is freely available all around the world and is a wonderful legacy for this generation and those to follow.
In mid-March 2020, as many regions of the world went into lock-down due to the coronavirus, we had a sudden loss of 16% of our visitors. Two weeks later, as churches and schools wrestled with the problem of how best to communicate to people at home, we had a sudden increase, new visitors rose by 65%.
So how do you reach families at home during the coronavirus shut-down? We were able to make all our images available to those setting up non-commercial live broadcasts and online videos. Over the last few weeks on public channels such as YouTube, plus church and school websites, thousands of people have posted Bible story videos in many languages. From a sample of 30 of these we calculated the average number of viewers for each video to be 516 people with the numbers increasing each day. We are so pleased to support this creativity.
For many years a Romanian Christian woman called Tunde has been translating our Bible stories into Romanian. Last year we were pondering and praying whether to create a Romanian version of our site to host them. Just then an unexpected gift of £300 arrived from someone we did not know but had a heart to share the gospel with the people of ... guess where? ... Romania! So we decided to take a step of faith and go ahead. We hope to launch this site in September this year.
Wiesław, a Christian working in Poland has been translating our Bible stories to be used in Christian services and youth outreach camps there. When Poland went into coronavirus lock-down he assembled a team to work from home to accelerate this work. Should we develop a Polish site to host these? After all aren’t there languages such as Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese with massive populations we should prioritise first? Then a small gift of 100 złoty arrived from someone in Poland – the first donation ever from that land. We viewed that gift as the ‘widow’s mite’ and have moved forward in faith to develop a Polish site.
We are looking for FreeBibleimages Promoters in regions around the world. What does it mean to be a Promoter? Well, firstly that you are a Christian who knows the value of telling Bible stories to all age groups. Secondly, you are eager to encourage those teaching the Bible at home and in local schools and churches in creative ways. Thirdly you are keen to publicise our free Bible story resources and find volunteer translators, where needed, to make these available in your region. If you would like to volunteer as a FreeBibleimages Promoter do get in contact.
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