I own eleven Bibles total. Five are different versions, two paraphrases and several translations. I have a set of Bible encyclopedias, a six-version New Testament, devotionals, concordances, a library of sermon CDs, Christian books and, my newest delight, a chronological Bible.
While that may seem like a lot, it’s average fare for a Christian living in America. But for those living in a country where Christianity is illegal or suppressed, it’s a banquet of dreams.
I’ve lived most of my life not knowing that fact despite hearing missionaries tell such stories at my parent’s table. To my childish ears they were as far away as the Bible stories I heard in Sunday School.
“I have found truly joyful Christians only in the Bible, in the Underground Church and in prison.” Pastor Wurmbrand’s account of living through communist persecution in the 1970s is one that birthed The Voice of the Martyrs and has put a face on the fact that millions of Christians not only attend church in secret, they suffer heinously for their faith in Christ. And, they are starving for bread: the Word of God.
The section in Chapter 5 titled, “How the Underground Church “Feeds” on Atheistic Literature,” inspired this post and is one I will not soon forget. Earlier in the chapter, Pastor Wurmbrand states that Christians in communist countries are literally starving for Bibles. Many, even pastors, have never read the entire Bible, or own any Scripture at all. However, as the title I quoted above suggests, God feeds them anyway:
“The Underground Church knows how to use atheistic literature, too, feasting on it just as Elijah was fed by ravens. The atheists put much skill and zeal into ridiculing and criticizing Bible verses.”
Wurmbrand explained that the communists, in order to prove that Holy Scripture was wrong, published books that quoted hundreds of Bible verses in full! I’m sure God had a good laugh when they bragged that their best-selling books were proof that the people were swallowing their Marxist lies; He laughed as he forced those “ravens” to feed His precious saints who gobbled up those books just to be able to read Scripture–and read it legally!
As energizing as this story is to my faith in God, my heart is broken for those whose spiritual pantries are bare and so I found Bibles Unbound. Join me in helping to get Bibles to these starving brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide!