Excerpt from an article by Australian Bible Society
Young Kenyans face social difficulties, including child marriage, female genital mutilation, and bullying. Nancy—a 12-year-old pupil at Kianjokoma’s St. Peter’s Day Primary School—was bullied but found comfort through her Bible. Her mother runs a shop in a market, and her father works as a farmhand. However, many other pupils at her school have lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Principal Nyaga shared that children might not eat breakfast before going to school because of poverty, and some are even abused since no one was there to shield them.
Challenges in the Bible Mission Field
According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, at least 5,000 incidences of sexual assault were reported in 2020, with females under 18 being involved in 65% of those incidents. Many of these kids live in poverty, just like Nancy. Hence, The Bible Society is advocating for Bible-based trauma healing courses so that trauma survivors can experience the comfort that God offers. Through the Trauma Healing Institute of the Bible Society, hurting people rediscover their joy and find hope for the future in God’s Word.
Impact on God’s People
“Bible reading helps me to keep busy with good things and to be honest,” Nancy says. The Bible Society’s mission is to make the Word of God available to people worldwide in a language they can comprehend, and in a format that they can utilise. Giving Bibles to children from low-income families has encouraged family-wide regular Bible reading.
There is still much work to be done. Together with you, we thank God for His grace that sees His people through all things. Your partnership and support in the Bible Mission enable us to be a channel of blessing to all those around us so that the Word of Hope will uplift many more lives.