‘Hope for Iowa’: Iowa Churches to Distribute Bibles to Every Home in City

Bible Matthew pdMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Nearly twenty Iowa churches will work together this weekend to distribute Bibles to every home in their city—an effort that they say may be the first of its kind.

First Baptist Church (FBC) of Marshalltown has announced that it, along with 17 other churches, will place 12,000 Bibles in 12,000 homes on Saturday, April 11.

Following a series of violent crimes in the city, Gerald Robison, pastor of First Baptist Church, suggested the idea during a pastors’ meeting earlier this year. He envisioned his congregation carrying out the mission, but other pastors immediately expressed interest and were eager to get involved.

“What made the other churches want to join so quickly is that our prayer time had recently focused on what appeared to be a dark cloud of gloom hovering over our community,” Robison said in a press release on Wednesday.

“There had been a murder, an attempted murder, arson and a shooting death in our area,” he explained further. “With all the bad news around us, the pastors had been praying over the town and we saw this project as a way of delivering hope.”

The project was soon named “Hope 4 You—Hope 4 Iowa.”

The pastors continue to meet together about the effort, mapping out the city and planning a strategy for the distribution. And while the project required raising $18,000 to purchase the thousands of Bibles, Robison said that anonymous donors came forward to cover the exact amount needed to carry out the mission.

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In addition to distributing 10,000 English New Testaments, 1,500 Spanish Bibles and 100 Burmese Bibles will be freely given as well to ensure that everyone has a copy of the word of God in their language. 500 large print English Bibles were also ordered for those who may be visually challenged.

The congregations plan to distribute the Bibles this Saturday during a three-hour time frame, with hundreds of Christians volunteering to go door-to-door with the gifted copies.

“We agree on the important things—-and the most important is that we all agree Jesus is the source of real hope. And we want to share that with others who may need it the most,” Robison said of the diverse churches taking part in the effort. “And so, the local congregations, all willing, eager, faithful and ready to share, have worked hard to make ‘Hope 4 You—Hope 4 Iowa’ a reality.”

“It is the prayer of the pastors and members of the 17 participating local churches and the hundreds of volunteers that together, as believers in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will bring the message of hope found in Jesus Christ to every household in Marshalltown,” he said.


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  • bowie1

    Let’s hope this works out for them. Most people probably have one already but with some it may be gathering dust on the shelf having it been given to them at their wedding. But there may also be some who do not have one, and some will no doubt throw it in the garbage. I remember when I was in grade 8 in the mid 60’s when a fellow student ripped up his Gideon Bible at the end of the school year – somewhat of a shock for a 13 year old such as myself.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Glad you were shocked, bowie. (Nothing seems to shock people anymore….certainly not someone showing disrespect for God’s word ….in fact that is getting pretty commonplace.)

      I have to tell you I had a bible sitting on the shelf collecting dust for years. It was a huge Catholic bible and the only time we took it down was to record a family event..birth or death. We were never encouraged to read it in church so I assumed it was too hard for regular people to understand. I just figured the priest would tell me what I needed to know.

      Well, one day someone gave me a bible in a newer easier to read version and directed me to the Gospel of John. I started reading and, not only could I understand every word of it, reading it changed my life forever. That was 40 years ago. I read it daily now and still have not fathoms it depths. In it I found the way to eternal life and peace in this present one. All that and daily encouragement from one small bible handed to me by a caring friend.

      • bowie1

        That’s great! I hope you will continue to read and be blessed by it.

      • StarkStealthArmor

        There is an excellent Bible called ‘The life application study Bible’. Another resource can be found here. I hope it is a blessing to you.

        http://biblehub.com/

  • StarkStealthArmor

    That’s great.

  • Bill

    most of them will end up at the dump

    • Angel Jabbins

      But it will be worth it all if even one sinner gets born again and saved from eternal damnation in hell. Worth every penny and all the effort… even for one. The Good Shepherd rejoiced over one lost sheep. The angels in heaven rejoice every time one lost sinner gets saved.

      • Bill

        odds are most of them are already christian

      • http://thebenevolentthou.com/ Max T. Furr

        It would be much better for the churches to do something truly useful with their money–get together to send underprivileged, community children to college or hire tutors to help poorly achieving students.

        Showing empathy for, and helping just one child to obtain a proper education is worth far more than all those Bibles combined.

        • Chemlab187

          I’d say saving their eternal souls is a little more important…

          • http://thebenevolentthou.com/ Max T. Furr

            Hmmm, the very same argument the Christians used for the auto da feys during the inquisition. Same mindset, too.

    • Earl

      I’d have burned it in front of the person who delivered it.

  • http://googlelove.org/ MizKrys

    Awesome.. Praise the Lord.

  • thoughtsfromflorida

    What a nice gesture.

  • BarkingDawg

    Like phone books, I wonder how many will wind up in next week’s recycling bin.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Well, at least those folks who dump them in the trash will have had the opportunity to read God’s Word (unlike so many in restricted countries around the world today)…to seek out and find the way to eternal life contained therein. When they stand before God one day, they won’t have any excuse to give Him. Had it right there in their hand and tossed it away like a piece of garbage. I think their regret and fear as they stand before a Holy God to give an account will be unbearable.

      • Earl

        Actually, they’ll contemptuously scorn those who shoved their religious beliefs down their throats. If anything, it’ll be those who in the words of the book, cast pearls before swine who need to justify their actions to any god that exists. (if one does.)

        I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ of someone shoving a book at me and demanding what you’ve demanded. I told the woman that had she been male, I’d have broken her nose for the trouble.

        Going to someone’s door and trying to convert them is rude.

        • Jay Standridge

          From the article, it doesn’t sound like their plan is to “shove” or “demand” anything.

        • Chemlab187

          Really is that why Militant Atheists shove their beliefs down the throats of anyone wanting to show love and share the truth? Going to the internet and trying to convert people to Atheism is evil.

    • http://thebenevolentthou.com/ Max T. Furr

      A lot, I hope. What a waste of money.

      Why don’t the churches do something truly useful–get together to send underprivileged, community children to college or hire tutors to help poorly achieving students?

      Showing empathy for, and helping just one child to obtain a proper education is worth far more than all those Bibles combined.

  • Liz

    This is a blatant lack of respect for people who profess other religious beliefs, and just want to worship in peace without having someone else’s religion shoved onto their private space.

    • Chemlab187

      Militant Atheism is a blatant lack of respect for people who profess religious
      beliefs, and just want to worship in peace without having someone
      else’s anti-religion shoved onto their private space.

      • Liz

        Oh yeah. I totally agree. Like all those atheists that go knocking door to door preaching the good news of evolution, and who knock on your door to force you take a copy of ‘The God Delusion,’ or the ones who show up at 7AM at your house, and won’t take no for an answer when you don’t want to talk… Or those who try to shove atheism in laws, or schools. Let me see, when was the last time that happened. Oh, that’s right — NEVER. That’s religious people you’re thinking of, doing that to the rest of the world. But nice try, pal. If you hate that stuff so much, STOP DOING IT TO OTHER PEOPLE!

  • UmustBKiddinMe

    That’s a nice thing to do.

    • tyler

      … if you’re christian, maybe

      • Jay Standridge

        You know that this is a Christian site right?

      • Chemlab187

        God is love.

  • tyler

    I’m not a fan of any religion, but I wish so much that muslims and Hindus and buddhists would do the same thing in this city and see what people think of that.

    It sounds to me like a huge waste of paper.

    • Chemlab187

      A huge waste of paper would be the publishings of Richard Dawkins

      • tyler

        To each his own. Richard Dawkins is one of my all time favorite authors