When I first read the phrase "Bible Poverty" I thought, huh? We have so many Bibles in our home. We have hard bound Bibles, soft covered Bibles, and electronic Bibles. We have Bibles in many different translations. I can easily choose any version of the Bible in english through the iPad, computer, or Kindle. Thinking about the term Bible poverty seemed a bit ridiculous to me.
I went to OneVerse.org to see what exactly they meant by Bible poverty. What it boils down to is power. People in power throughout the world want to limit the spread of the Truth. God's word tells us that there is a higher power than the ruling elite. That there are commandments not to kill, steal, and rape. That these actions are wrong and sinful. That there is hope in one almighty God.
As I looked at the website I came across a map. A map of the world that indicated how many people have no scriptures translated into their own language. My eyes went straight to Africa. Africa is where we are adopting from. I sit here and think of my Little Bitty Bit. I wonder if her birth Mommy has ever heard of God. If this woman has ever wrapped her fingers around a Bible. If her eyes have ever seen the truth. As I think about the horrifying possibility this is the reality of her life. A woman who lives in destitute poverty and knows no hope. My heart breaks and the tears are evidence of the pain I feel for her.
What can I do then? I can give. Give financially, through prayer, and education. I can love her child. I can teach her child about the wonders of our almighty God and His son who saved us all through His death on the cross. I am so thankful to have learned about Bible poverty. Thankful that now I can help. Thankful that I can pray. Thankful for the ability to give financially. Thankful that I can educate my children. Thankful.