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By Steven Maldoff
One million Bibles! That is a
large number of copies of the
Word of God! Yet, that was the
target number to distribute to the
students of Papua New Guinea
(PNG) by the end of the year 2020.
More than 725,000 Scriptures
have been distributed and the remaining
275,000 are in country ready to be handed out.
Consider the impact of one million students
and teachers owning their very own copy
of the Bible. Think about what God can do
through this effort. After reading the message
of the Gospel, people will be confronted by
the Holy Spirit and convicted of their need for
salvation. Think of the exposure to the truth
and principles of God and the potential impact
on the future leaders of this nation.
From 2016 to 2020, Baptist International
Missions, Inc. (BIMI), has focused its spotlight
directly on PNG after hearing that their
government wanted to utilize our mission
agency to get Bibles into the hands of every
student in the country. We moved swiftly into
action through prayer and planning as we
trusted God to make this a reality. We promoted
the opportunity to churches and Christians
everywhere and asked for financial help. And did
they respond! More than three million dollars
has been given to aid in the cost of printing the
Bibles, shipping them from Europe to PNG, and
delivering them directly to the students.
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People ask why BIMI was approached by the
PNG government to make such an effort. They
had heard of our past Bible distributions and
wanted the same for their country. Thankfully,
the LORD prepared us for this experience with
the same task in Fiji, Solomon Islands, and
Indonesia. In 2010, we began logistical planning to get
Bibles distributed throughout the Solomon
Islands, specifically on the islands of Malaita
and Guadalcanal. At the time, the target goal
was to hand out 28,000 Bibles to the students.
God provided the necessary funds for what
seemed like an impossibly high number of
Bibles. Of course, dealing with the logistics
of getting the Word of God across the waters
and to remote locations was no easy task. Yet,
men like Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast
Asia Director, tackled this challenge with an
unwavering dedication to the job. He worked
with other BIMI missionaries as they traversed
remote locales, no matter how difficult, to give
out the Scriptures. A lot of experience and old-
fashioned know-how was gained during this
effort. Praise the LORD for the spread of His
Word across the islands!
This was followed in 2012 by a distribution
of Bibles in Fiji. Alan Brooks met the Prime
Minister of the nation, and this opened the
door for them to invite BIMI to give Bibles
to the students across the country’s entire
school system. This new challenge was going
to encompass approximately 225,000 students.
The population of Fiji stretches across nearly
100 islands, and the level of difficulty increased.
Accessible only by boat, remote islands were
just one of the challenges ahead. Using the
knowledge gained from previous efforts,
Alan Brooks completed a very successful
distribution in 2014.
Along with the effort in PNG that is currently
underway, the entire decade has been filled
with distributing Bibles across the islands of the
South Pacific. Smaller Bible distribution efforts
are currently happening on the islands of Samoa,
led by Jim and Emi Civale. A distribution will
begin in 2021 on the island of Kiribati through
the hard work of Joel and Brooke Daku.
Over 1.3 million Bibles collectively have
been given out and countless lives have been
transformed by Christ. People have put their
faith in Christ. Churches have been started
in villages where there were none before.
Outreach ministries have expanded because
of the openness in the hearts of many to the
truths of the Scriptures. Even here in the
United States, people have been touched by
the Holy Spirit to serve as missionaries in
these nations where the Bible has been given
out. There has been an incredible saturation of
the Word of God that we pray will have a long-
lasting impact on the spiritual condition of the
people in the South Pacific.
The most significant focus and emphasis this
past decade have been on the activities in
the South Pacific, but the Lord has also been
working in the hearts and lives of people in
the countries of Southeast Asia. Throughout
much of the history of nations such as
Cambodia, Indonesia, or Nepal, there has
never been an impactful Christian presence.
Religious faiths like Buddhism, Hinduism,
or Islam are overwhelmingly predominant
in these countries. For example, only one
percent of Thailand’s population identifies
with Christianity. The need for missionaries
representing Jesus Christ and proclaiming the
Gospel has always been tremendous.
Throughout the first 50 years of BIMI, there has
never been a large workforce of missionaries
serving in Thailand. Philip and Colette Pope
were accepted by BIMI in 1976 and they have
faithfully served in Thailand. Over the next 24
years, only two other BIMI families joined the
Popes in Thailand, albeit for a short time. Yet,
that has all changed since 2010.
God has been working in the hearts of
numerous families, putting upon them a
burden to reach the Thai people. In 2009, a new
family joined the Mission and is now serving in
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2011 Solomon Island Bible Distribution Commences (25,000 Bibles)
2013 Fiji Bible Distribution Begins (225,000 Bibles)
2014 Steven Maldoff Begins as Southeast Asia Field Director
2017 PNG Bible Distribution Begins (1 million Bibles)