Equipping Children with Scripture

Do you teach your child how to read and study the word of God? BSK is passionate about children learning God’s word. The Society participated in a Programme for Pastoral Instruction (PPI) trainer of trainers workshop organized by Scripture Union on January 30th–3rd February 2017 at Mary Ward Centre, Karen.

Group photo of participants during the PPI workshop

Group photo of participants during the PPI workshop

The purpose of the meeting was to equip participants on discipling children for Christ. The trainers were equipped with skills on how to integrate children’s games in teaching children God’s word in general and using the PPI content in Primary schools.

BSK realizes that children need to know and appreciate the word of God from a tender age so as to apply it in their lives when they grow up. This will enable them to be leaders with a difference in years to come.

The 41 participants present at the event were drawn from organizations that are interested in the children’s outreach and the PPI program. Some of these members were from CONNET (Children Outreach Network) e.g. BSK, Maisha Kara Children’s Foundation, Life Words, Scripture Union, Christ is the answer Ministries, Nairobi Chapel and One Hope. Mr. James Kathuraku, the Bible Advocacy and Scripture Use Manager represented BSK at the forum.

The facilitators were from Australia, Pakistan and Scripture Union of Kenya. They emphasised the importance of teaching PPI in schools and Churches, as this will give children a good foundation of God’s word.

BSK plans to implement the PPI programme in 10 schools, and train 100 teachers in 2017. The first training is scheduled for 25th February 2017 at St. Luke’s ACK Church in Muthurwa, Banana, Kiambu County.

 

 

Courtesy call to EACC Chair

From left to right General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, Board Chairman Prof. Mumo Kisau, EACC Chair retired Arch Bishop Eliud Wabukhala, Mr. Halakhe Waqo, CEO EACC and Eastern Zone Operations Manager Rev. Matolo

From left to right General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, Board Chairman Prof. Mumo Kisau, EACC Chair retired Arch Bishop Eliud Wabukhala, Mr. Halakhe Waqo, CEO EACC and Eastern Zone Operations Manager Rev. William Matolo

A team from Bible Society of Kenya consisting of the Board Chairman Prof. Mumo Kisau, General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, and Eastern Zone Operations Manager Rev.Canon William Matolo paid a courtesy call to the recently appointed Chairman, Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Bishop Eliud Wabukhala to congratulate him

on his new assignment. Present in the meeting was Mr. Halakhe Waqo Chief Executive Officer Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.

The Chair thanked the leaders for their time and support, and emphasized the need to join hands so as to win the war on graft.

BSK to launch the Revised Kalenjin Bible

The Bible Society of Kenya will soon launch its 23rd Bible; the Revised Kalenjin Bible.

Kalenjin Bible Translators with the BSK General Secretary

Kalenjin Bible Translators with the BSK General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki and Head of Operations  Mr. Thomas Tharao (right)

This long awaited Bible has taken 7 years to revise. The project began in 2007 with three translators, Rev. Samuel Kikwai (AGC), Father Charles Kiruy (Catholic) and Rev Rugut (RGC) later replace by Bishop Musa Maina (RGC). A team of Reviewers and Management Committee members team also worked tirelessly to see this Bible come to fruition. The Society desires to see the lives of the Kalenjin community transformed through God’s word that’s why it’s in the process of availing this Bible for use soon.

The Kalenjin community is made up of 14 mutually intelligible dialects, which can be grouped into four clusters: the Rift Valley, the Mt. Elgon, the Pokot and the Ogiek groups. Initially, there was only one Bible for all the dialects, which was published in 1939 based entirely on the Nandi dialect. Most of the dialects could not understand this Bible hence leading to the publishing of the Kalenjin Union version in 1969. This version adequately caters for all the Rift Valley dialects. Later on, the Pokot Bible was launched in 2009 to cater for the Pokot speakers.

In 2002, the Kalenjin Church leaders approached the Bible Society of Kenya with a request to have the Kalenjin Union Bible’s contents readdressed to make them more understood by their people.

The Kalenjin language belongs to the South Nilotic group of languages. It has several dialects, but the most mutually intelligible ones include Nandi, Kipsigis, Tugen, Terik, Marakwet, and Keiyo. All these people are estimated to be over 3 million in number (1999 census). Their basic lifestyle evolves around livestock farming, especially cattle, sheep and goats, for the purpose of both sale and domestic use. Cash crop farming is also practised in some areas like Trans-Nzoia County.

The whole region occupied by the Kalenjin community has mixed climatic conditions: Whereas some areas are rich in both soil and rainfall, some are both arid and semi-arid with agriculturally unproductive land, but ideal for livestock keeping, especially goats. Despite this picture, poverty is rampant amongst the people. The literacy level is average due to especially the younger generation’s interest in pursuing studies. Most of the older generation (40 years and above) is illiterate, but fluent speakers of their respective dialects.

Features of this new Bible include; Extra Features in the Revised Kalenjin Bible

  • DC books.
  • Pictures/Illustrations.
  • Enhanced footnote and explanatory notes.
  • Enhanced cross reference system
  • Words that have similar meaning in different Kalenjin dialects
  • Kalenjin calendar
  • A precious stones table
  • A preface and various introductions to the Bibles
  • Concordance of word occurrences and references in the Bible
  • Enhanced glossary table
  • Enhanced maps

The Bible Society of Kenya is therefore very privileged to avail this Bible to the Kalenjin community so that they can read God’s word in a language they understand best!

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging Kenya’s young people through planting trees

Caring for God’s creation is a key message in the Bible. The Bible Society of Kenya responded to this message very

This is how its done says Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, General Secretary

This is how its done, says Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, General Secretary

practically in December with a Trees for Bibles event that saw young people plant trees. It was a strong reminder that trees are vital for everybody’s survival and that, without trees, we would not be able to produce any Bibles.

Trees for Bibles brought together young people from churches, Bible Society Nairobi branch members, friends and staff. In the run-up to the event, more than 20 youth pastors meet at Bible House to plan how to encourage young people from all Church backgrounds to participate. They made a commitment to partnering with the Society to reach out to young people and to share God’s Word with them so that they can make a difference in society.

The programme for the day included not only planting trees, but also walk to a location where trees had been planted previously and team-building activities. The speaker was Mr. T, a gospel artist, preacher and television presenter.

Planting trees if fun!

Planting trees if fun! The youth say

Bible Society General Secretary Elizabeth Muriuki thanked all the young people for attending and encouraged them to become members of the Society.

Bible Trivia Show Spreads to Kwale County

Finally God opened a door for BSK to go to Kwale for the Bible Trivia Show; after a long struggle. Kwale is one of the biggest tourist hubs in East Africa. Ukunda, Diani beach, Shimba hills national reserve and Mwaluganje elephant century are just a few of Kwale’s most sought after tourists destinations in the world. This County is a beauty to

Bible Trivia Show in session

Bible Trivia Show in session

behold.

The journey was long and tedious but the BASU team safely arrived in Kwale County, Diani. The Bible Trivia Show was hosted by Matuga Girls High school in the upper part of Kwale County. It’s is a hilly place, highly vegetated with beautiful trees of coconut, baobab and cashew nuts.

The Bible Trivia show was a success with five schools in attendance; Matuga Girls, Dr. Barbara Diani secondary schools, Mazeras girl’s high school, Ramisi secondary school and Kinondo Secondary school. They were welcomed by Mr. Elias Lwambi Chila the Christian Union patron. Mr. Fidel of Kenya Students Christian Fellowship (KSCF) preached on wisdom from Proverbs 10 and six girls gave their lives to Christ.

At the semi-finals, four schools battled it out including: Matuga girls high school, Dr. Barbara Diani secondary school, Mazeras girls high school and Ramisi secondary school. In the finals, Matuga Girls High School and Dr. Barbara Diani Secondary School battled it out for the county’s champion’s price.

Matuga Girls High School emerged the county champions, and was awarded 20 RSV Bibles. Dr. Barbara Diani Secondary School came in second and was given 15 RSV Bibles. Mazeras Girls High School came in third and was awarded with 10 RSV Bibles. Each competing student received a copy of CEV Youth Bible and a Certificate of participation.

The winning school said that the show had encouraged them to read the Bible more as it is rewarding to be conversant with the Word and they got challenged to go deeper into knowing the Word of God.

The KSCF officials who were in attendance said they were happy to finally to have such an event in Kwale County. They said it was a great opportunity to expand Bible engagement activities in the area where there are plenty of challenges in outreach for Scripture engagement.

Mr.James Njoka(right) Bible Advocacy and Scripture Use Manager hands over Bibles to the students

Mr.James Njoka(right) Bible Advocacy and Scripture Use Manager hands over Bibles to the students

Zonia Nakato Mupe from Mazeras Girls High School said “It is very kind of BSK to consider Kwale for BTS as it has encouraged students to study the Bible as some students were dropping CRE as a subject in their studies”

The CU Patron also said that they were looking forward to having another show in Kwale County as it had brought a lot of positive impact on them. Mr. James Njoka, Mr. Benson Njuguna and Mr. Peter Karenge had a great experience  and we thank God for the successful show in Kwale County. This was a breakthrough after 3 years of trying. Kudos to the team for the good work they are doing!

 

Bible Trivia Show Spreads it’s Wings to West Pokot

For the first time in history, Bible Society of Kenya held the Bible Trivia Show in West Pokot County since its inception in 2010. Bible Trivia is  Bible competition aimed at encouraging young people to engage with God’s word for life transformation, as well as increase High School students’ Bible knowledge.

The Winners Holy Trinity Girls receive Bibles from BSK

The Winners Holy Trinity Girls receive Bibles from BSK

The West Pokot event was the first in the series of season seven of the four planned Bible Trivia Show Programs for the year 2016.

Mr. James Kathuraku, Rev. Dedan Kamau and Peter Karenge (the MC of the event) made their way to West Pokot County, Past Kamatira Hills to Ortum Boys High School which was the venue of the event. The journey was interesting, the terrain was awesome though it was challenging to navigate through the rough road from Chepareria which is very steep and driving down was a challenge. The event was a breakthrough as 16 schools participated with roughly 300 students in attendance.

At the semi-finals level, four schools battled it out for the county’s best school including: St Mathews Mixed Secondary School, Propoi Girls High School, Holy Trinity Girls Secondary School and Sook Boys Secondary School. In the finals, Holy Trinity Girls Secondary School and St Mathews Mixed Secondary School battled it out for the county’s champion’s price.

Holy Trinity Girls emerged the county champions and were awarded 20 RSV Bibles. St Mathews Mixed Sec School came in second and was given 15 RSV Bibles. Propoi Girls came in third position and was awarded with 10 RSV Bibles. Each competing student received a copy of the Youth Bible and they were very excited about this.

Mr. Njoka led a devotion session where he preached from John 3:3-10 and thirteen students gave their lives to Christ.

“I thank God for the Bible Trivia Show, now I am challenged to read my Bible more” said Dorcas Kapchemum from Holy Rosary Girls Secondary School.

Mildred Chelimo from Rev. Murpus Christian Secondary School said “my life will change greatly because I now understand what it means to be born again.

The donated Scriptures by BSK were very much appreciated by the students as most of them cannot afford to purchase one. The donated Bibles were put in the library for all the students to access.

BSK is indeed transforming the lives of the youth in Kenya and we thank God!

 

 

Bible Society of Kenya Triumphs on The Big idea

The big idea team receive an award

The big idea team receive an award

Do you remember the story of Mary Jones? Mary Jones was a fifteen year old girl whose story inspired the founding of the British and Foreign Bible Societies.  She was a Welsh Protestant Christian girl who, after saving for six years, walked twenty five miles barefoot to acquire a Bible in her own language.

Inspired by the same story, Bible Societies worldwide participated in The Big idea competition aimed at challenging Bible Societies to come up with a unique idea that will avail Bibles to the marginalized in the community.

BSK came up with a brilliant idea to use mobile phones to increase access to Bibles for the rural poor in Kenya. The idea is to use a mobile app whereby people can pay for Bibles in instalments. This idea can also be replicated in other third world countries in Africa and Asia.

After being listed among the three top countries, competing against Brazil and Egypt, Kenya was crowned the winner. A price of 100,000 USD was awarded to implement the idea.

Through this initiative, there will be increased Bible distribution as well as increased access to Bibles for Kenyans who have no access to bookshops.

You may watch the video clip on this link https://youtu.be/69_oi8zNPkA

Bible Eagles Club event held in Kisumu County

The Bible Society of Kenya (BSK), held a successful Bible Eagles Club Fun Day, a programme for children and youth which aims to have them engage with Scripture in a fun environment, develop life skills and instill a desire for transformation through God’s word on April 30th 2016 a in Kisumu County.

Children enjoying a game during the event

Children enjoying a game during the event

Over 200 children attended the event and took part in various fun filled activities including bouncing castles, singing, dancing and memory verse recitals tailored to instill values and have them engaged with scripture. Over 10 Churches participated in the event from various denominations were represented.

“I really enjoyed this event today. It was my first time to attend and I have participated in different games, learning the word of God and meeting new friends. I plan to bring my friends next year.” says Peter Okumu

 “I am grateful to Bible Society of Kenya for holding this exciting event. I have especially enjoyed reading God’s word and meeting new friends. May God bless the work of the Bible Society of Kenya.” Anne Akello.

 This is part of Bible Society of Kenya’s children’s programmes aimed at inculcating good morals and positive behavior change among young people. The purpose of this event is to sensitize young leaders of tomorrow from different backgrounds to appreciate the importance of the Bible in their lives and for the future.

The theme of this event is drawn from the book of Isaiah 40:31 which states that “they will rise on wings like eagles.”

The BSK General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki notes that in response to BSK’s mission to make available and promote use of Scriptures for holistic transformation of people’s lives, the Bible Eagles Club fun day enhances positive transformation among the youth and children who are leaders of tomorrow.

Another upcoming event will be held in Nyeri County in August 2016.  Last year similar successful events were held in four Counties with more than 6,000 children in attendance. These forums are held annually and are open to youth from 3-18 years to enjoy fun activities and fellowship as they engage with Scripture.

Bible Society of Kenya is a non-sectarian, non-denominational organization that serves all Christian Churches, Church organizations and individuals and is mandated to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by translating, producing, distributing and encouraging use of the Holy Scripture.

 

Trees for Bibles – The Youth Take Charge

Mr. Ken Miheso, a youthful board member from BSK plants a tree at Karura Forest in November 2014

Mr. Ken Miheso, a youthful board member from BSK plants a tree at Karura Forest in November 2014

Nancy Maina a staff from BSK plants a tree at Karura Forest in 2014

Nancy Maina a staff from BSK plants a tree at Karura Forest in 2014

On 14th November 2014, young people from around the city will gather at Karura forest to plant trees for Bibles. We have been challenged by conservationist world over and especially by our very own Prof. Wangari Maathai that the role of human beings is to ensure that all the species of plants and animals are sustained.

The Bible Society of Kenya has organised a Youth Tree Planting Excursion that will bring together young people from around the county, BSK Nairobi branch members, friends and staff from 9.00 am to 3:00 pm. The fun packed programme for the day over and above tree planting includes a treasure hunt and a guest speaker – Pst. Gibson Anduvate who will address and inspire the youth on the much awaited topic   “Scripture–based survival kit for Youth in the 21st Century.

Prior to this event a gathering that that brought together 22 youth Pastors was convened at Bible House to mobilize young people from various Churches irrespective of denomination or creed to come together and network whilst participating in the tree planting event.

The meeting’s speaker Rev. Joseph Obwanda challenged the youth ministers on expressing excellence in today’s youth ministry. He made specific reference to Daniel in the Bible’s standards of excellence that are need to be emulated in leadership today.. He acknowledged that the youth today face the challenge of competing worldly pressures pose a challenge on the choices young people make. He urged those present to be role models who can be emulated for standing out and making a difference in society.

Group photo of youth pastors from various Churches

Group photo of youth pastors from various Churches

In accordance with his command, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit”- and it was done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw.” (Genesis 1: 11-12), we extend an invitation for your participation in this noble cause in conserving the environment and shaping the destiny of the young people in this country.

Bible Society of Kenya and Longhorn Publishers Partnership

BSK General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki and the Longhorn Board Chair Mr. F.T Nyamo sign the agreement documents

BSK General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki and the Longhorn Board Chair Mr. F.T Nyamo sign the agreement documents

Bible Society of Kenya has entered into partnership with Longhorn Publishers to distribute its school

Bibles; the Good News and Revised Standard Version Bibles.

The agreement was officially signed on September 14, 2015 at Bible House.

Through this partnership, more Bibles will be distributed to schools and students countrywide hence BSK will soon be able to achieve its target of distributing more than a million Bibles annually.