Helping Canadians During Difficult Times
The COVID-19 Crisis has and will continue to present challenges and difficulties. We realize that many people in Canada are without jobs, lacking in food, feeling alone and believing that there is no end in sight. As a result, Bike for Bibles will be holding a Virtual Challenge to help people affected by homelessness, families in poverty-stricken situations, and men and women in need of addiction recovery support (among others). We are working in partnership with agencies across Canada to provide spiritual and other basic necessities, such as food, shelter and scripture-based resources to people in need during these difficult times.
Bike for Bibles will also continue to raise funds for Operation Bible through its in-person B4B events, scheduled to launch later in 2020. The Canadian Bible Society has had a long relationship with the Canadian Forces, offering New Testaments to recruits and military members for many years. And in 2007, CBS began distributing the full Bible. This was in response to a need raised by Major Kevin Klein, one of the senior chaplains at the Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa. Since then, Operation Bible, CBS’ Bible distribution program for the Canadian Forces (CF), has provided the full Bible in French and English in partnership with the Military Christian Fellowship. The military Bibles, designed to blend with their uniforms (CADPAT or Arid), have been well-received by the soldiers and have been a tremendous encouragement and comfort.
The military Bibles are provided at no cost to CF Members through the Chaplaincy Office. They have been steadily on demand, with an average of 5,000 copies distributed yearly. This program also extends to families of soldiers who need emotional and spiritual support.