How much is a Bible worth overseas?

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On the Chinese Black Market, a Bible costs about 34,000 Yuan ($5,000).

On the Chinese Black Market, a Bible costs about 34,000 Yuan ($5,000).How much is a Bible worth where you live?  Petr Jasek is someone who can personally testify to the value of the Word of God. While being locked in a Sudanese prison cell with members of the Islamic State, a verse he had memorized just before he went into prison helped him to endure the brutal treatment he experienced there.
When he was moved into a safer situation in another prison, a visitor slipped him a copy of the Bible. He had gone for so long without a Bible that he absolutely devoured it! Because the cell did not have electric lights, he could only read it during the daylight hours. Despite this, he read through the whole Bible in three weeks! Click here to hear Petr Jasek’s story.

In China, a Bible costs as much as six month’s wages on the black market.  So our Brothers and Sisters in Christ know the value of this amazing Book we take so much for granted.  Now we see why they are taken apart, the pieces passed around and copied into notebooks!

Here is what happened when a village Chinese church received copies of the Word of God in their own language:

I have never held my Bible close to my heart, with tears in my eyes. I don’t know what it’s like to want a Bible more than anything else in this world.
Is there a more worthwhile way to serve Christ than to bring God’s Word to His people who so desperately want it?

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House conditions, traveling fun

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This post was written while we were in Chad.

Yes, I am back in Abéché! I arrived around 11 PM on Monday, but did not get a chance to go to bed until 1 AM. My guard friend was fast asleep, and would not be woken up for anything. It took praying, yelling, knocking, calling, and throwing mud balls at the tin roof to get his attention. Then, when we finally got the four beds for the guest house off the rooftop, I realized that I had not set aside the key to the house… so I had to find it. I pulled out every single box and waded through most of them twice before I finally found the key. And I needed a shower, because I was so dirty.

God was with me during this trip. I left at 8:15 AM because I had some cleaning and trash burning to do before I left. The back was full of blessings from the close friends and with donations for the guest house kitchen.

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Our trip to Iriba: CGCOC, chickens and baby birds

Desert Journal: April 21, 2013

Our chickens in Iriba

CGCOC is still bravely working in AfricaThe trip to Iriba last week was great! As I drove, I found that the Chinese construction company, CGCOC, was surveying the road from Iriba to Bakaouré. They were getting ready to build a paved road to Abéché, drilling wells in preparation for this task. I wish them well (pun intended) as they take on one of the most challenging projects known to man.

I went to Iriba driving Twila (our Speed The Light vehicle), and corresponded my trip with Andrew’s return to Chad. Andrew wanted to begin recording stories in Z so he could learn how the language works. We got up at 4:30 AM on Wednesday, and spent the morning trying to find someone willing to be recorded. We went to three villages: Geme-Ba, Er and Kuba, but, unfortunately, no one agreed to help us record. However, we did meet a lot of people, drank a lot of tea and learned about Z culture.

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Five barriers preventing access to the Bible worldwide

Barriers

In our modern, tech-savvy world, it is difficult to believe that even one person does not have access to the Word of God.  With websites like Bible.is and YouVersion, we may conclude that the Bible translation task is complete.

Although these websites meet the need for most people, there are millions who, for different reasons, cannot access these resources.

The reality is that millions all over the world have no way of receiving God’s Word, the Bible.  They live in a place where the Gospel has difficulty getting past the spiritual darkness.

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