By: Kim Wilkinson
Launched in 2018, Bible Society’s Bibles For Bubs program has given away 10,000 Toddler Bibles over the last 5 years, with another 2,000 to be sent this year.
Free copies of the Toddler Bible are now available to children born in 2021, and up to 2,000 copies are available.
These babies will also be sent a birthday card from Bible Society each year, until they turn five. On their fifth birthday they will then be sent a copy of the CEV Big Rescue Bible to see them through their primary school years. They also include parent guides to encourage family faith-building activities and Bible reading times.
Since the Bibles For Bubs dream became reality, an incredible 23,000 birthday cards have been handwritten and posted to mark the children’s special days. Each card is accompanied by a message for the parents with ideas on engaging with the Bible relevant to their child’s age.
Belinda Faulks, who heads up the International Missions program for Bible Society, explained, “When we dreamt up the Bible For Bubs program, we never expected that it would be as wildly successful as it is today!”
“Each year, Bibles For Bubs seems to grow in popularity – last year we had 3400 babies registered in just over a week and even though that was a lot more than we had planned for – we couldn’t turn any away!” Belinda said.
As the program is now 5 years old, Belinda is excited about the very first group of “babies” receiving their first complete Bible this year. “It is my prayer that each of these precious 5-year-olds will turn to their Bibles, as they learn to read, and discover for themselves the God who loves them beyond imagining and who has a plan and a purpose for their life.”
Bible Society have 2,000 Bibles for Bubs to give away to babies born in 2021 within Australia. To register your child for a copy and check the terms and conditions, head to the website, www.biblesociety.org.au/bubs .
Registration closes on 31 March or when 2,000 babies are registered – whichever comes first.
Article supplied with thanks to the Bible Society