A Texas-based Christian ministry that once smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union delivered the largest donation of children’s Bibles to the Eastern European country of North Macedonia, where many children don’t have access to Scripture in their own language.
Founded in 1961, Eastern European Missions (EEM) prints and distributes free Bibles to Eastern Europe and surrounding nations, delivering them to youth camps, schools, refugee centers and other places in need of the Holy Scripture.
The organization began when a small group of missionaries started sneaking Bibles into the Soviet Union and has continued providing access to Scripture in seemingly unreachable places.
EEM recently delivered over 225,000 children’s Bibles to North Macedonia after the nation’s government, having heard about EEM’s work, gave the group permission to deliver Bibles in the region. The group’s Bibles for Kids fundraising campaign made the donation possible.
The government heard that EEM delivered 650,000 bibles to public schools in Croatia last year, with the Bibles carried to the schools via nine semi-trailer trucks.
Bart Rybinski, vice president of EEM’s European Operations, said the ministry connected with North Macedonia’s government due to the organization’s previous work with the Bible Society of North Macedonia. EEM contacted the Bible society to obtain the rights to publish their texts, and the group had connections with the government and Orthodox churches in the region.
EEM President Bob Burckle told The Christian Post that when the organization began, the team was lucky if they could deliver a few hundred to a couple of thousand Bibles a year. But within the last few years, the group has grown and delivered 1.5 million Bibles in over 20 languages to over 30 countries last year.
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