International (MNN)–International Bible Society and Send the Light are marrying Scripture translation to literature distribution.
IBS’ Steve Johnson says it’s official March 1rst, and calls it a ‘win-win’ for all involved. “We’ve historically been limited by distribution channels and the ability to get the Word of God to where it needs to go. STL, on the other hand, is an organization that’s passionate about the distribution of God’s Word but they haven’t historically had access to Bible texts.”
Following the completion of the merger, Keith Danby will assume the position of Global CEO for the blended organization. Excitment doesn’t quite do the picture justice. Mike Richards, Sr., Acting CEO of IBS explains, “For nearly 200 years, IBS has worked to reach people with Scripture. Now we’re entering the next era in our history, an era filled with even greater opportunity to share God’s Word with a world in need of its message.”
By merging their strengths, Johnson says they can maximize access into closed countries. “Our hope is that we can be involved in greater scripture distribution throughout authorized channels in mainland China. There are other parts of the world where, unfortunately, our operations have to be treated with much more discretion, but we believe with increased production capacity and increased distribution capacity, that we’re going to expand the reach of God’s Word into every part of the world including those that are closed or restricted.”
According to their press release, the merged organization will be called IBS-STL and will have operations in the U.S., the United Kingdom, India, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other parts of the world.