‘’I have never owned a Bible in my life. I am happy to receive one today from Bible Society of Kenya and will read in school to study Christian Religious Education and in the church to read the Word of God,” said Ruth Simiyu, Mukholi Primary School, Bungoma.
This was a testimony from a student from Mukholi Primary School in Bungoma County who benefited from the Bible Society of Kenya’s Bible distribution to marginalized children project. This project aims at availing Scriptures to children from disadvantaged backgrounds as this will create a momentum of change towards Bible reading and consequently lay a foundation for Biblical values for the Kenyan society.
This distribution was done in partnership with our branch in Bungoma County on February 6th and 7th 2020 to three schools where most of the pupils had never had a chance to own their copy of their Bible due to the inability to purchase one.
Mr. Moses Mananda, the Headmaster of Mukholi Primary School, noted that there was only one pupil who had a Bible in the whole school. He greatly appreciated BSK for availing Bibles to students in the school as this would not only help them to grow spiritually but it will help improve the students’ performance in Christian Religious Education (C.R.E).
“It is my first time to receive a Bible to use in school. I am thankful to the Bible Society of Kenya for giving me this precious gift. I promise to use it well in my studies and at home with my family so that we may grow together in the Word.” Said Douglas Wanyonyi, Luuya Primary School, Bungoma.
The BSK team also visited Embu & Meru Counties on 19th and 20th February 2020 accompanied by the “Team Jesus” missionary team from the USA. This team implements a similar programme in schools; they also had New Testament Bibles and other children ministry materials which were distributed to five schools in the region.
This was a good opportunity to share the word of God with the students and encourage them to engage with Scriptures and trust God as they work hard in school.
The students and school management greatly appreciated the interaction and gifts. Most of the learners confessed that it was their first time to own their own Bibles hence they were overjoyed by this kind gesture.
“I am so happy to have my own Bible. I will read it at school, at home, and at Church.” Said Mercy, class 7 pupil at Kanjalu primary School, Meru
“We are very grateful for the Bibles. Our Christian Religious Education and Programme for Pastoral Programme will never be the same again. Thank you and God Bless you”. Mr. Meeme the Headteacher, Makutano primary school, Embu
Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, the General Secretary of Bible Society of Kenya noted the goal of the exercise was that children will learn God’s word from a young age. She added that the Bibles are to be used in school, Church and home hence challenged the teachers and parents to know that much is entrusted to them and much will be expected of them as stewards to nurture the children in the ways of the Lord.
Bible Society of Kenya thanks her donors Bible Society of Netherlands for making it possible for children in primary and secondary schools to access the word of God. Indeed, we are glad to bring light to the next generation. Kudos to the entire team who made this exercise memorable!