Many of you would have noticed some significant changes to our website and the removal of all “suggested donation” amounts for booklets. Notably, everything has become $0. Yes, ZERO DOLLARS for all of our quality booklets, resources and programs.
Why give them free?
Our products are quality. That’s why people want them. All around the world, hundreds-of-thousands of our Bibles and Bible resources are freely given in the name of Jesus. The SGM Lifewords Bible mission has been actively giving scriptures for 128 years. In places like Indonesia, we have church planters, missionaries, street workers and chaplains who have no funding for Bibles, and yet we believe the scriptures bring life change and transformation as people encounter Jesus. They need Bible resources, and we feel called to make that possible.
However, in Australia and other western countries, most people ordering resources CAN afford them, and many ask “how much do these cost?” We used to put an amount of around $1 per booklet. It was a bit silly of us, because we ended up in a position where people were paying for their own booklets, but then we struggled to raise money for those who can’t afford it (which is three-quarters of our work!). When we would make an appeal to give for Bibles, most Aussies would respond with, “But I already bought mine. Why are you asking for money from me?”
In this scenario, only people who can afford their own bibles will get them. Retailing bibles isn’t our mission.
So… We have decided that EVERYONE gets Bible resources free. We feel called to utter generosity.
We want to win your heart, for you to love the Faith Mission that gives Scriptures for free to everyone! We want to show those in need that those of us who have much will actually provide – not just for our own ordering needs, but for many who can’t receive it! We want you to love our entire Bible mission. So, rather than suggest a payment like any other retailer, we offer you great resources. Then once a year, we’ll ask if anyone would like to give so our entire mission can be achieved.
If we simply suggest people pay for their own Bible resources, then many will miss out.
How you can contribute:
Later this year, we will be doing a full blown Appeal, asking you to give so that Bible resources can continue to be distributed both here and abroad. If you have benefited from our generosity, you will hopefully recognise the importance of the mission, not just for yourself but the for the thousands who can never afford it. In Australia, we can give. We can get our churches to give. We can make it our mission to provide Bible resources to many who would never get it. And we will benefit from receiving these ourselves.
We hope you join in.