"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
It's no secret that I adore the Word of God. My life is only what it is because of the crinkled, marked up pages of my Bible, and I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for it. And it's given me a mission.
It has become a secret mission of mine to give Bibles away.
Well, I guess now that I"m telling you, it's not so secret anymore! By secret, I mean that I will give them to people I meet face-to-face, but I'll also leave them in conspicuous places where they can be found. Believe me, I'd love to be a fly on the wall for those moments when someone finds a Bible that has a note on it telling them, "It's free! Take it home it with you if you need it," but I guess that's part of the fun. And God knows. I don't put my name or Love That Amazes anywhere on the Bibles or the letter I wrap up with them, either. I don't want anyone distracted; I just want to give them Jesus with nothing and no one getting in the way.
I wondered if God wanted me to say anything about it. But then I remembered that we tend to be more brave when we have a friend who is walking the same road, so I am inviting you to start your own secret mission! And then share your experiences and suggestions with others so we can all be successful on this very important task. (Check out the tips if you are wondering how to get started. You're also invited to print out the letter I use for my own mission!)
Blessings to you, friend, should you decide to start your own secret mission! And if you are not led to do so, your prayers would be a great send-off for those who are!
"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
Bible Mission Tips
Pray first. It is never a bad idea to get God's Word into the hands of people who are hungry for it, but ask God for guidance as to YOUR "how," "where," and especially your "why." He will open doors of opportunity for you because He values His word enough to keep it safe for us after all these years. If this is to be your mission, He will lead where He wants YOU to go.
You are welcome to print out the double-sided letter that I enclose with my own Bible gifts. It has a letter to the reader that explains Jesus' mission and directs them to a few key verses to get them going. To include it with the Bible, follow these steps:
Print it off. It is meant to be printed on a single page using both sides.
Fold it in thirds with the letter folded to the inside and the "Do you need a Bible?" box on the outside.
Fold one last time to make a flap so the letter can be inserted safely in the front cover with just the "Do you need a Bible" box hanging on the outside of the cover.
Wrap the Bible in a clear wrap so it will stay clean and so the letter can't get lost. Super simple!
If you don't decide to use the letter I use, make sure you enclose something that guides them to Jesus and also lets them know the Bible is theirs to take and keep for free. Enclose key verse references. (I didn't include the entire verse in my letter because I wanted them to start using their Bible to look things up!) Whatever you say, keep it simple enough that it can be understood by a variety of folks with a variety of comprehension levels. Some of the concepts of faith can be confusing, but we don't have to take them completely out of someone's reach by using "church" words they may not recognize. Keep in mind who it is that might pick it up! It likely won't be a Bible scholar, but someone who is very new to the Bible's words.
If you are leaving Bibles rather than handing them out one-by-one, place them where they can't easily be destroyed by foul weather conditions. Also, seek permission when it's warranted should you be leaving them in a business like a coffee shop or book store. If the person could be mistaken for a thief because they're carrying something out of a business without paying for it, it's a good idea to let the business itself know what you are doing!
On a similar note, stay legal. In my case, I called my City Hall, and they directed me to call my Police Department, just to make sure there were no ordinances on the books that prevented my mission! They were both super quick calls and well worth the time to provide my peace of mind. (I found out that if anyone wanted to act in opposition, the most they could do would be to get me cited for "littering." Other than that, because I'm not a government employee, I am good to go!)
It's up to you (and God!) to decide what your budget is for your mission. Many places that sell Bibles will offer a wide variety of price ranges and translations. (I currently use a New King James Version give-away Bible.)
If you are going to identify yourself (or your ministry or organization), be prepared to accept correspondence, including faith questions and requests for additional help, from those who will find your Bibles. I chose not to disclose my information because part of my mission was to remain unknown, but God may direct you otherwise.
Encourage the next person. I would love to hear about your experiences and your ideas. Please send me a message that I can pass on to others!