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Vanuatu: The New Testaments Have Arrived!

Evangelism coordinator for the Presbyterian Church Alan Navuki (middle) praying for the Word of GodThe Bislama New Testaments have arrived in Vanuatu! For those of you who don’t know about this, Vanuatu ran out of Bibles for sale. Individuals and congregations in the Presbyterian Church of Australia gave money so that approximately 24,000 New Testaments could be given to the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu for free distribution. Thank you to those who prayed and gave.

Michael McLennan, an Australian living in Vanuatu, coordinated this project. He writes ”

The opening of this container was the fulfillment of close to a 4 year project. It really just felt like a great release, and we pray that God’s Word would not only go out but we would see a revival in relationship with God through His Word in Vanuatu. We had a small dedication of the arrival of the NT’s 40’000 in total as sponsored by predominantly three groups. Presbyterian, AOG and Health Care Fellowship (Australia) and Island Mission Partners. Special thanks to the Bible Society of the South Pacific for sharing in the vision and making the text available for free distribution, and to Lori Ellison’s help in the development and initial support of the project, and to Kevin Murray and the Australian Presbyterian World Mission without all their support this project would not have been possible. From this point all associated groups are now responsible for there own distribution. The Presbyterians believe that almost all their copies will go out within about a month…. The two biggest things leading up to this in terms of words said, “are they really coming”, and really excitedly now that they are here they say so happily “look how small it is”. To read the Bislama people have been used to a bible that is the size of an oversized NIV study bible, so this makes it so portable for people to go and take the Word with them. Michael.”

541461_366972086746957_922690837_nAlbea Nalisa  Scripture Union Vanuatu showing (right) the bookmarks that have been sponsored to go with the New Testaments that have a daily reading plan and a bible study guide developed by SU Vanuatu