The Bible Society of the South Pacific are looking for volunteers who can:
• buy and distribute Scriptures,
• helping to raise money in church, school, community, etc.
• helping in _______________________
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Because God’s written words have life. They have power.
The Bible tells us all about God, what He’s like, how He treats us, what He wants us to be like and how He wants us to live in the world. When you spend time reading the Bible and praying, you’re putting yourself before God and asking Him to change you and make you into the person He wants you to be.
The Bible is a book that God uses to speak to you. When you read the Bible with an open heart and mind, you’re putting yourself in a position for God to speak to you.
Bible reading and prayer are a crucial part of your journey with God. So, if you want the Bible to be an important part of your journey, it’s important to develop a regular reading habit. Some people find having a Bible reading plan helps keep them on track.
The Bible is not an easy read and some of us struggle to make sense of it. That’s partly because it’s hard to read such a big book in small chunks over time, and still understand the overall story. We’ve created some short summaries that capture the overall story of the Bible to help you understand how it all fits together.
The Bible is a complex and very detailed book. Its story is grand and compelling, yet also emotional and personal. This is a book that God uses to speak to us.
When you read the Bible, do these things:
Thank God for the Bible and ask God to help you understand what you’re about to read.
Read the passage slowly and thoughtfully. Listen to what God might be saying to you through it. Read it again if you need to.
Think about what you’ve read. Ask yourself these questions:
• What is the main point of the passage?
• What does the reading say about God? His character? His plans?
• What insight is there for me to apply to my life situation?
• Is there an example or a warning? Is God giving me a promise?
• How does God want me to respond in my thoughts, words or actions?
Turn things you’ve read into prayers. Ask God for His help in applying what you’ve learned to your life. Pray for others.
If you find a way of reading that suits you, you’ll find it easier to read more regularly. Here’s some different things you could try…
Select a passage or chapter, read and reflect on it (see above).
Read several chapters or even a whole book in one sitting. This allows you to better grasp the outline of a book and eventually the whole Bible story.
Memorising scripture has many benefits. It helps us reflect on scripture even when we don’t have a Bible handy and it ensures that it is planted in our minds, shaping our thinking and our actions.
This helps you understand the original meaning of scripture through the use of resources such as a Bible dictionary, comprehensive commentary or a study Bible.
This helps us get scripture deeply into our hearts. Read a passage slowly, out loud if possible. Imagine yourself in the story, a part of the scene. Re-read it and meditate on what you’ve read. Allow God to speak to you.
This approach focuses on study of a particular individual in the Bible. Find all the passages that a character appears in (some may be in many, so choose some that reflect a certain period of the character’s life or event). Use a concordance or word search to do this. Focus on this character’s relationship with God. What can you learn about God through them?
The Fiji Operations Branch was first established in early 2003 as one of the main branches to look after Fiji.
The Bible Society of the South Paciﬁ c is part of a worldwide fellowship of Bible Societies known as the United Bible Societies. It is a Christian organization set up to help all churches in the South Paciﬁ c through the translation, production, and distribution of the Bible within the South Paciﬁ c. We are not a church but a producer of the Bible – the basic tool for all ministries. The head ofﬁ ce is based in Fiji that oversees the Bible work in the Paciﬁ c (16 countries) but as a Fiji Operations Branch we only oversee Fiji Islands.
The end result of all the Bible Society work is in John 20:31, “This (the Bible) is written that we may know that Jesus is the Messiah and through faith in Him, we may have life” The Bible is our best treasure given by God. It is the light, food, water, ﬁ re and cleansing agent for our lives. In its power and it’s points to our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
“Making God’s Word easily understood, available, accessible and credible to all people on all situations”
“The South Paciﬁc – A Community of the Word”
1. Translation: – We translate the Word of God into various dialects. There are Six translation projects going on in the South Paciﬁ c and that includes the dialects here in Fiji. The work consists of a revising old Bibles and new Bibles is essential in order for people to understand God’s Word in every generation.
2. Production: We publish Bibles in the right format……..
3. Distribution: Finally we ensure that the Word of God us distributed as widely as possible to all the people by using the different channels. A regular supply of scriptures is provides through bookshops, churches, schools and individuals that visit our bookshop. We also have special projects in which we supply Bibles or Study Tools at heavily subsidized rates to students, theological students and prisons.
The Bible Society of the South Paciﬁc –
Fiji Branch have projects that are ongoing right now. Since we oversee the Fiji area we have 6 projects that is continuing. The main purpose of these projects is to ensure that the people of Fiji are receiving the Word of God into their language or dialects.
1. Fijian Reference Bible
2. Maumi Gospel of John
3. Dawasamu Gospel of Matthew
4. Fiji Bible Comics
5. Ba New Testament
6. Bible Week
Meet our Team:
1. To complete the review of Mark chapters 4-16 (whole book)
2. To recruit 2 or 3 new translators
3. Give out the gospel of Mathew, Luke and John for translation
4. Get the translators sign a Translation Contract.
5. To pay the Translator and the reviewers team their dues.
On Wednesday at 8.30 am, a team of 7 men and women gathered together at Ba Town Methodist church and carry out a verse by verse checking of Rev. Savenaca’s 1st translation draft. We started from Mark chapter 4 and we finish the day at 5pm reaching chapter 8. It was a slow start due to the majority of the reviewers not trained in the know how.
To help speed up work the next day which was our last day, we distribute the 9 remaining chapters to them to read in the night and mark off any corrections or improvement they suggested. At 6.00 pm we presented our sevusevu to the elders of Ba Town Methodist Church and also they presented theirs to us. We spend 2 hours of talanoa around the bowl discussing and answering questions about Translation work and Ba Translation project to an interested group of men.
On Thursday we started at 8.30 am again beginning at chapter 9 but unfortunately the volunteers still need to learn more. We pushed on to 4.30 pm but only managed to finish chapter 12. Since we need to complete the chapters from 13 – 16 I requested the volunteers if they are willing to continue tomorrow as it will be expensive if I go back to Suva and come back for the remaining chapters. With a little of dicussion the volunteers agreed in which this time the venue will be at Rev. Savenaca Nakeke’s residence in Nasolo.
On Friday the last day we started at 8.30am with just 3 people. By 9.00am everybody was in Rev Nakeke’s house was ideal for the day. It was quiet and away from town, with beautiful scenery and cool breeze throughout the day. They were a few ladies serving us with refreshments and lunch. We worked till 6pm completing the 16th chapter of Mark. Then I had to leave in a hurry at 6.00 pm to catch the last bus from Lautoka to Suva at Ba bus stand.
It was a 3 day of continuous checking of every verse in those chapters. I admired the endurance and the lively participation of those men and women. It was my joy to work with them.