Bible League’s Sumatra Project a success.

By January 15, 2004

Indonesia (BLG/MNN)–Promising results have extended a recent three-month pilot project between the Bible League and the largest evangelical denomination of North Sumatra, Indonesia.

“Of the 3,000 affiliated churches, 2,000 are using our Philip ministry materials,” says the Rev. Robert Craft, Bible League’s Southeast Asia Ministry director. “There is a huge shortage of Bibles in this denomination of three million members–only one out of six have a Bible.”

The Bible League’s effort to eliminate that shortage was given a boost by an agreement by an agreement to extend the project with the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP), an affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

One year in the making, the agreement calls for printing the Batak translation of the Bible along with accompanying Bible study materials.

“We will also be offering evangelical and denominational tools for them to evangelize the lost and disciple their own members,” says Craft.

Bible League agreed to adapt the project to the KHBP’s organizational structure, which will improve the project’s effectiveness in this mainly Muslim nation and ensure that Bibles reach all the denomination’s churches. To date, 30,000 Batak Bibles have been printed.

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