Bibles reach Uganda’s children, but more wait

By May 13, 2008

Uganda (MNN) —
A few years ago, 60% of Ugandans voted to have the Bible rather than the Koran taught
in each of their 283,000 public school classrooms. 

First Lady Janet Musevini and Uganda's Minister of Education officially
invited the World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) to provide an Easy-to-Read
Bible for every classroom, since Uganda's
government cannot afford to buy the Bibles itself.

So far, WBTC has
been able to provide 143,000 Bibles to Ugandan classrooms, impacting an
estimated 4 million children However, 120,000
classrooms still do not have Bibles for about 3.6 million children.    

In Escondido, CA, North
County Church of Christ raised the money to print 1,114 more Bibles after four
small group leaders presented Uganda's
need. One generous member matched all of the donated funds. A Sunday school class in Oklahoma raised the money for 94 more
Bibles–"One penny at a time!"

WBTC estimates
that each Bible will impact 90 children in the first three years of classroom
use. The Ugandan government has
developed a curriculum for teachers to use with the Bible, teaching the
children about abstinence and Christian character. 

One teacher
expressed appreciation for the Bible she received for her class. "I personally have been praying
for a Bible over 5 years," she said. "We
are busy teaching the youth and guiding, counseling them who attend daily
classes…. Thank you for your Bible-sending ministry."

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