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Poverty-Stricken Africans To Receive Desperately Needed Bibles

March 13, 2006
MARADI, NIGER—More than 60,000 urgently needed Bibles arrived to allay suffering throughout the famine-stricken nation of Niger Friday, in one of the largest humanitarian-relief operations ever attempted by a Christian ministry.
Africans gather in hopes of receiving the Bibles they have hoped for.

"Come rejoice, and feast upon the word of Our Lord, Jesus Christ," said Christina Clarkson, executive director of the Living Light Ministries of Lubbock, TX. "Those who were hungry, hunger no more, for the Word brings life."
An exuberant Clarkson said the Bible drop was the culmination of one of the largest and most aggressive grassroots fundraising drives ever undertaken by the organization, which was able to fund the mission largely through local charitable events, such as bake-offs, barbecues, and pie-eating contests.
"We absolutely would not be here today if it were not for the amazing generosity of the people back home," Clarkson said. "People everywhere opened up their hearts and checkbooks to us and said, 'Dig in.'"
Niger, ranked as the second-poorest nation on Earth, is experiencing its worst famine in more than 20 years, as a brutal drought last year was followed by a plague of crop-destroying locusts. An estimated 3.5 million of Niger's 12 million people are currently at risk of starvation.
"That's why it was so important for this mission to happen right now," said Clarkson. "So many people here are suffering. Disease, starvation, and lack of shelter are day-to-day realities in Niger. But once they hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior—once they really take Him into their hearts—then they will see what poor comforts are the things of this world."
Due to the tireless efforts of Clarkson and other members of the congregation, the ministry was able to provide the needy with Bibles superior to the ones they use in their own church services.
"Handcrafted, genuine leather—best money can buy," said 61-year-old missionary Don Kostic as he ran his hand along the book's ornately embossed spine. "It's like my wife back home says: Nothing is too good for people who are ready to receive the Living Word of Christ."
Although the fundraising efforts were unprecedented, congregation members said Living Light would never have succeeded had they not obtained the generous support of an array of corporate sponsors, including Applebee's and Church's Fried Chicken.
"We spent so much money just to get here," Kostic continued. "After we had all the Bibles engraved, we still had to charter the plane. When we landed in Niamey, we could barely even afford ground transportation."
Undaunted, the missionaries purchased the best vehicle they could find, which turned out to be a used bread truck. "That old thing!" recalled Kostic, laughing. "We must've scrubbed it down a hundred times. You couldn't get the smell of freshly baked, vitamin-fortified bread out of it if your life depended on it."
Reaction among Niger residents has been mixed.
Moussa Yaouli, a 35-year-old farmer, was particularly interested to learn more about the doctrine of transubstantiation, which Living Light personnel told him involved the eating of wafers. "It is said to be a big wafer. I am sure it will feed many of my children."
Moussa Yaouli derives spiritual nourishment from his handcrafted leather Bible.

Though "spiritually gratified" by their work, many of the missionaries spoke about the difficulties of working in an impoverished country.
"It can be so hard being away from the comfort of our homes and our loving families," Clarkson confided. "I will admit, there have been times when I prayed, 'Lord, just help me get through this mission and get me back to Texas!' But when we rolled into town and people started running after the truck with those big smiles on their faces, I couldn't help but smile back."
Clarkson added: "And when we opened up the back of the truck and they saw that it was full of Bibles... Grown men and women wept in front of their children. That's how moved they were by the Holy Spirit. That's how I know it's all been worth it."
Clarkson said her mission will succeed in bringing the people of Niger "the spiritual sustenance they've been deprived of," despite such obstacles as the nation's 18 percent literacy rate.
"You say you're suffering. I say, let the good Lord do the suffering for you," she said. "You say you're exhibiting the deleterious effects of severe dehydration and chronic malnutrition. And I say that no matter what ails you, the Holy Bible is the best medicine there is."

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Petit résumé pour ceux qui ne lisent pas l'anglais: Un groupe chrétien américain a entreprit la plus grande levée de fond de son histoire afin de venir en aide aux pauvres du Niger. Ils ont ramassé cet argent principalement en organisant des barbecues et des concours de qui mange le plus de tartes. Leur aide? 60000 bibles faites à la main, gravé dans le cuir de la meilleure qualité. 3.5 millions des 12 millions de nigériens risquent présentement la famine. 82% des nigériens sont analphabètes. Lire ça me laisse... bouche bée. Ça se mange une bible en cuir? :rolleyes:
 
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MuscleMachine

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Plein de petits Ronnie Coleman :D Blague mis à part, cest triste de voir tout ce monde mourir de faim, cest une réalité dans le monde et pendant que ceux-ci meurent de faim, dautres personnes jette leur nourriture :confused: Ca fait réfléchir ce genre de chose là !
 

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Moi ce qui me flipper en lisant cet article c'est les imbéciles avec leurs grands sourires tout fier de dépenser tant d'argent pour leur envoyer des BIBLES :eek: , comment ça peut coûter une bible en cuir faite main de première qualité? Envoyez leur de la farine, du blé ou je sais pas quoi, mais pas 60 000 bibles, criss :mad: .
 

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Ce qui serait important pour eux cest surtout de la protéine parce que les jeunes sont tous pognés avec la maladie de Kwashiorkor (cest pour cela quils ont des grosses bedaines)
 

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C'est vrai qu'envoyer des bibles c'est pas trop intellegent,mais dans ces pays la religion passe avant tout.Moi c'est sur j'aimerais mieu manger que de lire la bible.C'est triste de voir autant de jeune enfant qui vont mourir,le probleme c'est qu'il devrait arreter de faire des enfants peut etre qu'il viendrais a bout de les nourrir si il en avait moin.
 

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zeurd a dit:
C'est vrai qu'envoyer des bibles c'est pas trop intellegent,mais dans ces pays la religion passe avant tout.Moi c'est sur j'aimerais mieu manger que de lire la bible.C'est triste de voir autant de jeune enfant qui vont mourir,le probleme c'est qu'il devrait arreter de faire des enfants peut etre qu'il viendrais a bout de les nourrir si il en avait moin.
Le Niger est musulman à 80% donc je doute fort qu'ils désirent recevoir des bibles ;), non ça c'est encore une "merveilleuse" idée des évangélistes américains. Quand au fait qu'ils devraient arrêter de faire des enfants, peut-être, mais ce n'est pas si simple, la plupart de ces gens sont très pauvres et sans éducation, alors les condoms et la pilule faut pas trop y penser.
 

zeurd

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C'est vrai que vu de meme sa bien du bon sens,je crois qu'avec l'argent qu'il ramasse il devrait les instruire un peut.Leur faire comprendre que le probleme vient du fait qu'il ont une population trop élévé pour ce qu'il sont capable de nourir.Et ce qui est des condoms et des pillules c'est vrai.Il y a quelque annees un organisme leur avait envoyer des condoms et il ne savait pas quoi faire avec.J'ai vu des photos et il fesait des guirlandes avec.
 
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