Scripture Distribution Increases in Persecution Hotspots

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SWINDON, England, Nov. 22, 2013 /Christian Newswire/
Bible Societies in some of the countries where Christians suffer
high levels of persecution are reporting a sharp rise in the number of
Scriptures distributed.

There is no doubt
that the persecution of Christians is on the rise. Official reports and
news articles are describing it as a ‘war on Christians’, with
horrifying statistics clearly showing that Christianity is the most
persecuted religion in the world.*

But recent figures
from Bible Societies around the world indicate that in 2012, Christian
Scriptures were in more demand than ever before, including in some of
the countries where Christianity is under extreme pressure.

Global Scripture
distribution by Bible Societies rose by 6%, from just over 381 million
in 2011 to more than 405 million in 2012. Of that 405 million, 32.1
million were full Bibles, matching 2011’s record-breaking year of Bible

Syria, Iraq, Egypt,
India, Laos and Nigeria are some of the countries highlighted as
suffering high levels of persecution in the Open Doors World Watch List. In 2012, Scripture distribution by Bible Societies rose significantly in all six of these countries.

The highest increase
was in war-torn Syria, where, amidst intense fighting, the Bible
Society distributed over eight times more Scriptures in 2012 than in
2011. Scripture calendars
and special Scripture books for Christmas and Easter account for much
of this surge in distribution. Altogether, more than 163,000 Scriptures
were given out in Syria in 2012, compared to 19,000 in 2011. Just over
14,000 were distributed in 2010.

Christians in Syria
are under enormous pressure and are in great need of encouragement,”
notes Mike Bassous, General Secretary of the Lebanon Bible Society,
which oversees Bible Society work in Syria.

There was also a
substantial hike in Scripture distribution in Syria’s eastern neighbour,
Iraq, in 2012. Although there has been a huge exodus of Christians from
Iraq, around 330,000 remain and they are in desperate need of
encouragement and support. Last year, more than 66,000 items of
Scripture were distributed there – a 57% increase over the previous

Despite the
increasingly difficult situation for Christians in Egypt, Scripture
distribution rose by 25% last year, with more than 2.8 million
Scriptures distributed. As in Syria, the main increase was in Scripture booklets and leaflets, which are easy to hand out and easy to read.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, etc.

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