Frequently Asked Questions
If you are from a Church or Ministry, please take a moment to review our FAQ's to help you know if we can send you Bibles.
Church Related FAQ’s:
- We are starting a new church/youth group, and we want to go into the neighborhood around the church to invite people. Can we have New Testaments to give away while doing this?
- We are starting a new church, can we get Bibles for new visitors or to keep in our pews?/li>
- We are going to Mexico for a mission trip, can we get spanish Bibles?
- Can I get a Bible for my family member?
- Do you have any antique Bibles?
- What versions do you have?
- What about other languages?
- Why do you mainly give away New Testaments? Aren't you leaving out the first half of the Bible?
- I have heard questionable things about the N.I.V. translation. Can I trust it?
Q. We are starting a new church/youth group, and we want to go into the neighborhood around the church to invite people. Can we have New Testaments to give away while doing this?
A. Yes, Because the Bibles are going to people in the community, whether or not they attend church. We want the Bibles to be free to all who need them, just as salvation is a free gift. We do not want to make people "earn" their Bibles by agreeing to come to church, or saying the sinner's prayer. We want them to have a Bible to read if they want one.
Q. We are starting a new church, can we get Bibles for new visitors or to keep in our pews?
A. No, our funds are limited, and our supporters understand that their money is used for evangelistic outreach. We feel that most churches can afford the minimal cost of Bibles for thier own congregation. For an online catalog of scriptures go to IBSDirect.com.
Q. We are going to Mexico for a mission trip, can we get spanish Bibles?
A. Yes, we can send you spanish New Testaments for evangelism.
Q. Can I get a Bible for my family member?
A. Yes, we will gladly send you Bibles for you and your family, friends, or neighbors.
Q. Do you have any antique Bibles?
A. No, we primarily distribute Bibles as an evangelistic tool, that is, to plant seeds in the most efficient manner. Neither do we distribute hardback Bibles, children's Bibles, or small (2"x4") pocket New Testaments, as these are too expensive. We find that a paperback New International Version New Testament is appropriate for all ages, and is very effective at communicating the Gospel message.
Q. What versions do you have?
A. We recommend the New International Version for witnessing, especially for people who have never read the Bible, and may be discouraged or confused by the language of the King James version. However, we do have K.J.V. Bibles available if you feel strongly about using this translation. In the same way, we reccomend the newer Nueva Version Internacional Spanish translation over the older Reina Valera.
Q. What about other languages?
A. On rare occasions, we have provided Bibles for foreign exchange students, or immigrants, in their native language. But these are up to ten times as expensive as our typical English New Testament, so we ask for a sponsor to help defray the cost. Below are some of the most common languages:
Q. Why do you mainly give away New Testaments? Aren't you leaving out the first half of the Bible?
A. We have a couple of reasons for primarily distributing New Testaments. Our primary focus is to present the written Gospel to as many people as we can. The "Gospel" is considered to be the story of Jesus' birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and teachings. This is covered in the New Testament, and is sufficient to bring people to repentance, salvation, and a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is necessary for a deeper understanding of God, and we do not mean to ignore or reject it.
Practically speaking, if someone receives a Bible for the first time, they are likely to begin reading on page one. In the Old Testament, they quickly get confused by geneologies, and later get frustrated by enigmatic prophets, if they continue to read that far. In the New Testament, the gospel message is quickly related in a format originally written for those with little or no Bible experience.
Second, a full Bible costs us four times as much as a New Testament. This means that we can give away four times as many New Testaments, for each Full Bible. For example, we have given away over 100,000 Bibles, over 95% of them were New Testaments. If we only gave away Full Bibles, seventy-five thousand people would not have had the opportunity to read the Gospel for themselves.
Q. I have heard questionable things about the N.I.V. translation. Can I trust it?
A. I recommend going to the source of the N.I.V. translation, the International Bible Society.
This page has some good insight into the process and method of translation of the N.I.V.