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Just some piles of books on some shelves in an office. Not terribly attractive looking; no colourful or intriguing cover illustrations to entice the reader to open up these books.

Bibles and New Testaments in the Wycliffe office in Belfast

Bibles and New Testaments in the Wycliffe office in Belfast

But looking more closely, we see that they are Bibles and New Testaments… and if we can zoom in:

No Ordinary Books CROPThey are Bibles and New Testaments in a variety of different languages.

Last Tuesday I had coffee and cinnamon scones with David Bell, the rector of Ardtrea & Desertcreat at my favourite close to Belfast city centre cafe. Afterwards we moved two cardboard boxes full of these books from his car to mine. These Bibles and New Testaments were “coming home” to the office after spending Christmas as a Bible Tree at the Desertcreat Christmas Tree festival (which, by the way, raised a lot of local community interest and a tidy sum towards the new hall fund).

Desertcreat Parish Christmas tree festival 2014

Desertcreat Parish Christmas tree festival 2014

And here is the Wycliffe Bible tree, God’s Word in many languages in its rightful place on top of the pulpit!

Wycliffe Bible tree at Desertcreat Parish

Wycliffe Bible tree at Desertcreat Parish

Around the Bible Tree are red  labels with the name Jesus in many different languages – after all, it was his birth we were celebrating. The green labels have photographs of the two Wycliffe projects that Ardtrea and Desertcreat support – Oku (Cameroon) and Yaru (Indonesia).

Just some piles of books? Not at all. Bibles and New Testaments containing God’s Word in (mostly) minority languages of the world… some of them having become available only in the last few years.

Find out about the languages still without the Scriptures here.

And how you can get involved if you live in the UK and Ireland.

 

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