One of my first Bibles is one of the first editions of the New International Version, which I purchased in 1978. As you can see, it has been well loved over the years – the point of falliing apart. Pages are taped together and it has to be kept in a zipped case because whole sections are coming loose from the binding. And there isn’t one empty space left to take notes on. My very first Bible was a paperback Good News for Modern Man New Testament. As God opened His Word to me, I couldn’t believe it. It was truly like a veil had been lifted from my eyes. “Why doesn’t anybody know about this?” I kept asking …I was so excited to have found Jesus Christ and His Word and to read about how to live a life that pleases Him. Some have called my Bible, “messy” because of all the highlighting and notes in every corner and blank space, but I have literally “eaten” His Word, in a spiritual sense. The Bible is spiritual food we must eat every day. Now after over 40 years as a Christian, I can say that His Word has been the firm foundation that has gotten me through many trials. That’s why it’s so important to me to help in any way I can to get Bibles into the hands of those who need them and that’s why I support your ministry. I so believe in the work you are doing. The Bible is life itself. It’s the answer to the question, “Why are we here? What is our purpose?” It’s God Himself reaching out to us with His love and His salvation. The Bible is everything.
Mary J. Kneiser