Books Affirming Gender Equality from a Christian Perspective to Be Distributed in the DRC and Haiti

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French, Swahili, and Creole translations of “Still Side by Side,” a short book introducing the view that the Bible supports the full equality of women alongside men, will be distributed in the DRC and Haiti, thanks to Christians for Biblical Equality.

Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is pleased to announce that translations of its book “Still Side by Side” will be distributed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Haiti.

Written by Janet George and published by CBE in 2009, “Still Side by Side” introduces the biblical case for the full equality of men and women in leadership in the church and home. CBE has distributed translations of “Still Side by Side” to partners around the world, and its demand continues to grow, according to Liz Beyer, CBE’s bookstore coordinator.

“Each year, we hear from partners in all corners of the world who want to share ‘Still Side by Side’ with their communities. Its balance of depth and accessibility makes it an ideal resource to introduce the egalitarian perspective to Christians in a variety of cultures and with varying degrees of education.”

To date, “Still Side by Side” has been translated into thirteen languages, all available to the public at no cost from CBE. Seven more translations are currently in progress. In 2016 alone, CBE has distributed nearly 5,000 books, including “Still Side by Side,” to partners in Africa, thanks to its partnership with Publish4All (P4A). P4A is a global Christian printing company that distributes print-on-demand printing systems around the world, allowing members of the local community to print their own books and resources.

“After our international conference in Johannesburg this September, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in resources,” said Mary Lou Wiley, CBE’s development coordinator. “We are fielding requests from partners all over Africa and the world. Thanks to the support of generous individual and foundation donors, we are able to meet the need.”

CBE expects to distribute between 500 and 1,000 copies of the French and Swahili translations of “Still Side by Side” to partners in the DRC.

Meanwhile, CBE reports growing demand in Haiti as well. Halo Learning, owner of a brand-new P4A print shop in Haiti, reports that they have “printed out several copies [of “Still Side by Side”] in English and they were instantly snapped up by several of the young people in our programs.” Halo partners with several organizations in its effort to “inspire hope to youth in Haiti by publishing in Haiti educational books in Creole, English, and Spanish to share God’s word with the world to create sustainable economic security for themselves and others.”

CBE anticipates an initial print run of approximately 300 Creole translations of “Still Side by Side” and hopes to translate and distribute its newest resource “Good News About Gender,” a young adult curriculum, as well.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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