It’s tough on the front line.
Your support will bring comfort to those in need.
God’s word helps so many chaplains make a difference in the lives of people in need, but without your support we’re unable to supply them with free Scriptures to use.
On average, it costs $11 to provide a Bible, and chaplains need your support to afford all the Bibles requested by the people in their care.
Please help Bible Society provide free Scriptures to chaplains serving so selflessly at the coalface, in hospitals, emergency services, prisons and more.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
You can contribute to giving Bibles for use on the front line of chaplaincy in Australia. * Donations for ADF Bibles are tax deductible.
Read more about chaplains on the front line
Each year, thanks to those who give to Bible Society, hospital chaplains are able to share a wide range of Christian materials with patients and their families. As terrible as time in hospital can be, it can often deepen their faith in God. “Many people do lose their faith at a time like this, so I think we’re really making ground if we’re able to help people put their roots down to a deeper level and draw from deeper water,” says Kate Bradford, chaplain at the Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
Andy, a disciple behind bars at a Tasmanian correctional centre, had been led to a life of crime by his addictions, but now has hope of a transformed life after turning to Christ at a rehabilitation centre. He is exploring faith in more detail during Bible studies with volunteers and chaplains using Bible Society’s Free on the Inside paperback Bible.
“The Bibles we give out encourage seafarers to be part of the studies and to grow in their faith and knowledge of God,” says Ian McGilvray, who leads a ministry to seafarers called the Flying Angel Club, based at Dampier in Western Australia. “Most if not all are delighted to receive a Bible and I know that those ships that have Bible studies enjoy the fellowship as they search the scriptures together.”
Juvenile Justice ministries
Being separated from loved ones is often a source of great anguish for young people detained in juvenile detention centres, and the Scriptures are a great help relieving some of that isolation. For many young offenders, reading the Bible helps them to realise for the first time that God loves them unconditionally. “I want to know how to be a better Christian… I feel like I’m changing and I want to know more,” says a young man trusting the Christian faith as a way out of his drug abuse.
Mark Layson is a senior minister, a former police officer and firefighter who runs 000 Ministries. The programme for emergency service workers uses Scriptures from Bible Society to run monthly Bible studies and one-on-one discipleship and mentoring. It helps emergency workers deal with some of the traumatic things they see day to day, and also helps them as they serve others in emergency situations.
Australian Defence Force (ADF)
Your generosity enables us to provide specialist Scriptures for chaplains working with the ADF, both in Australia and overseas. The “camoflage Bible” has a design familiar to those in the services, and can be found in the backpacks of ADF members the world over. Above all else, those in the defence force find God’s word relevant to their lives, especially in times of distress, anxiety and conflict.
Donations for ADF Bibles are tax deductible.