Bible’s Transforming Power

| April 21, 2014

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As MBS moves forward with new ministries and projects, we are not forgetting our long term commitments. We are increasingly connected to a greater number of the detention centers and prisons in Maryland. We work with them via Bible Grants. The jail ministry is not for everyone. Prison chaplains and the local voluntary missionaries who work with them hear God’s call and answer. Their funding is usually sparse but the need for Bibles is constant, thus MBS makes the difference.

In the last several months we established a new connection with the Snow Hill Detention Center, working with Assistant Warden Col. Fulton Holland and the Chaplain Mary Dickerson. These two committed individuals work diligently to care for those brought to them. I have learned from personal knowledge how committed Chaplain Dickerson is to the care and wellbeing of inmates. Her presence can make a critical difference. Some of those brought in are teetering on the edge of despair, going through withdrawal and painfully sad. Chaplain Mary Dickerson, a former employee within the system, brings her passion for teaching the Bible and her unique understanding of how the detention environment and processes work to bear on her interactions. Wrapped in the combination of these two gifts, she is able to comfort, encourage and share Christ, helping many to move through the paces of the center with greater courage and humility.

I want to share with you a portion of an inmate’s letter received here at MBS from one of the county detention center chaplains:
“I’ve been in jail since January (2014) and since coming here with your help I was able to accept Jesus as my Savior. When I got here I asked for something to read. I was disappointed when all they had was a Bible. But as the days went by and I got further into the Word it became genuinely interesting……I felt transformed when he (a born again inmate) guided me to my belief in Jesus and our Lord.

Since finding God I’ve been made aware of the many blessings and graces he’s granted me in here….This journal of blessings reassures me when I reread them of how real God love for us is” Ryan, Prisoner

Please continue to pray for those who minister in our jails, for those for whom they care and for MBS that we receive the provision needed to continue to do the work of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 61:1)

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For over 200 years, the mission of the Maryland Bible Society (MBS) has been to see that every individual has an opportunity to own a Bible regardless of their native language or financial situation. Here in Maryland this mission has been mostly fulfilled. We now are turning our emphasis to encouraging and helping people read, understand and live out the truths and principles God has given us through His Holy Scriptures. As a non-denominational ministry, MBS is uniquely positioned to offer God’s Word without note or comment to Christians from all denominational backgrounds. This position allows us to work with all local Christian churches, serving and assisting them as they follow God’s lead. MBS has and will continue to establish and build partnerships that promote the distribution of the Bible, supply related sources and provide educational opportunities. Our vision is to ignite fresh passion for God’s Word to be lived out in the daily lives of people in Maryland and the world beyond. God’s Word contains truths that speak to all of the important areas of our lives: family, marriage, work, friendships, finances and parenting. It serves as the ‘road map’ for the often-overwhelming experience of life. It is a comfort, an encouragement, a teacher. It is convicting, edifying and inspiring. The Bible reveals our purpose in life. The Creator of the Universe has given us His Word to guide and direct us as we serve Him and live in the world.

As we embark on this renewed vision, our desire is to impact lives. As God leads us on this great adventure, we invite you to partner with us. Lives will be transformed as the Holy Spirit works through the Scriptures, resources and opportunities provided by MBS. Join us as we ignite fresh passion for God’s Word among individuals, ministries, local Churches, and businesses.