Significant military funding cuts make these donated Bibles even more important to our efforts to reach military men and women and their families.
Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
Shoppers at Family Christian stores don’t just buy inspirational resources for themselves; this fall, they’re sharing the hope of God’s Word with thousands of U.S. military personnel and their families.
Biblica and Family Christian have joined forces to serve the spiritual needs of American service members through the Frontline & Homefront Bible Campaign. Customers at each of Family Christian’s 273 stores and also at familychristian.com are invited to donate Bibles to service members and their families. A $5 gift provides an NIV® Military Bible to a soldier or an NIV® Finding Hope Beyond the Battle Bible to a military family. Many customers have given $10 to provide Bibles for both a service member and his or her family. Along with the Bible, the recipient gets a special personalized bookmark that includes many Bible verses that can help them in their time of need.
So far, Family Christian customers have provided more than 60,000 Bibles for U.S. military personnel and their families, with more being given every day. The campaign, which began Labor Day weekend, will run through the Christmas season. Donations that come in prior to November 1 will aid in supplying Bibles to chaplains from all branches of the U.S. military for distribution in time for Christmas.
“Family Christian's offer to partner with Biblica's military ministry came at a crucial time,” says Mark Rader, retired Air Force officer and National Director of Military Ministry for Biblica. “Significant military funding cuts make these donated Bibles even more important to our efforts to reach military men and women and their families with God's Word.”
Biblica has ministered to U.S. military personnel in harm’s way for two centuries, going back to the War of 1812. As service members put their lives on the line — and as families back home pray for their safe return — the hope offered by Scripture becomes more important than ever.
“At Family Christian, we are blessed by the selfless men and women who serve our country and the families who endure their sacrifice,” said Cliff Bartow, President and CEO of Family Christian. “To help mobilize our generous customers in providing God’s life changing Word to these heroes in their time of need is nothing short of amazing. We are honored and thankful to be partners with Biblica, and we give God all the glory for the impact that will be made through this Bible campaign.”
To learn more about the Frontline & Homefront Bible Campaign, visit the Family Christian website.
Biblica helps millions of people access the Bible and read it well so their lives are transformed by God’s Word. We serve in 55 countries, and our publishing portfolio includes 100 full Bible translations in major languages with a potential reach of five billion people. We also partner with churches to help them engage the Bible together through Community Bible Experience and other initiatives. Biblica is the translation sponsor and worldwide publisher of the New International Version® (NIV®), the most widely used contemporary English translation of the Bible. Learn more at http://www.biblica.com.
About Family Christian
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Family Christian is the world's largest Christian specialty retailer, with 273 stores in 36 states. With a vision to be a catalyst to help families near and far, Family Christian offers a wide variety of faith-based resources, including Bibles, books, children's products, gifts, music and more, with the aim of helping any person find, grow, share and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ. In 2012, Family Christian became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit ministry. It now donates 100% of its earnings to Christian charities, with special emphasis on serving widows and orphans. Learn more at http://www.familychristian.com.