Lack of funding puts Bible distribution in doubt.

By November 18, 2003

Slovakia (MNN) — After more than 15-years of distrubing Bibles in Slovakia, the , International Bible Society is at a crossroads. According to ministry leaders in the country, stocks on Bibles there is getting low. Lower the expected donations is the cause.

IBS Slovak director Alex Erdelyi says they’re not out of Bible’s yet. He says, “We have used the stock from our warehouse. It is (nearly) gone. We still (have) some reserves for Christmas, but then we will stay here with empty hands.”

The past two years has seen a dramatic decrease in revenue. Erdelyi says the lower value of the U-S dollar had a 17-percent negative impact on their budget. That’s forced IBS Slovakia to cut their budget a total of 75-percent. He says, “We are getting into a critical situation. We have to approach the Lord with our prayers asking, ‘Lord, will we servive? Should we continue?’ We would like to continue. So we are looking for those willing to help us.”

However, He says the struggling Slovak economy is creating another problem. “We are working on building our own donors. We are asking the believers here to help us, but their possibilities are really limited.”

The goal is to print 10,000 New Testaments and other study aids and children’s material. But, money hasn’t been available to do this. You can support IBS Slovakia at:

International Bible Society
1820 Jetstream Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(719) 428-9200

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