About the Digital Bible Society
Scottish missionary to Africa
In partnership with the Body of Christ, the Digital Bible Society produces and distributes digital Bibles and Christian resources for discipleship, evangelism, and church planting in every language.
Since 2001, the Digital Bible Society has produced and distributed digital Bibles and Christian resources for widespread free-to-copy distribution. Our goal is to make the same Biblical resources that are abundantly available in English equally accessible in every language and to every people group.
To accomplish this task, we produce content for a wide range of delivery systems in order to reach the largest audience possible. Through partnership with Bible publishers and content creators, the Digital Bible Society provides these resources free of charge to churches, mission agencies, church planters, teachers, and church planters.
Our goal is that one day every person, no matter where they live, will enjoy full and immediate access to Bibles and Christian resources in every language of the world.
Inventor of the Printing Press
The Digital Bible Society is a fellowship of Christian believers who come from a wide range of denominations and cultures in order to ensure that everyone everywhere can read, hear, and understand God’s Word in their own language.
We believe that the digital revolution has put the Body of Christ in an excellent position to bring these resources to every person more effectively, accurately, and efficiently than ever before.
We expect that before the year 2025, new technologies will completely resolve the linguistic and logistical problems that have crippled discipleship, evangelism, and church-planting in closed-access countries for so long.
To this end, we are seeking like-minded likeminded partners: people of prayer, financial backers, missions-minded distributors, and persons with computer and/or language skills.
Every major industry is changing. Communications, banking, entertainment, commerce, transportation, manufacturing, and publishing are all being transformed by the Digital Revolution.
The digital revolution, however, has not changed the deep inner need in every heart to know God. People around the world are searching for answers to life’s burning questions, and—more than ever before—are finding them in Jesus.
At the turn of the 19th century, there were less than one million Christians in China. By the turn of the 20th century, that number exceeded 100 million. In 1900, the church in Africa numbered less than 9 million. By 2025, there are an estimated 625 million African Christians. The growth of Christianity in the Middle East has been likewise explosive, especially in Iran, a country where converting to Christ carries stiff penalties. The growth rate of the Persian church is estimated to be at 20% per year since 2012 and climbing. All of these bourgeoning communities have one thing in common, the need for Biblical resources and training materials so that new believers will not only be able to grow in their faith but share it with others.
With the digital revolution now reaching into every corner of the world, it is now possible for every person in any country, speaking whatever language, can access the Biblical resources they need. This is the goal to which the Digital Bible Society had been working since 2001 and, with your help, will continue to accomplish until everyone has full access to the Bible and Christian resources in their own language.
In spite of the digital revolution and globalization, nearly half of the world’s population is still without ready access to the Bible in any language, much less their own. Furthermore, two thirds live in countries where government censorship prevents them from purchasing one.
The Digital Bible Society aims to remedy this by freely distributing the Bible and other Christian resources on SD chips, flash drives, DVDs and hard drives, solar-powered audio players, projectors, old fashioned ink on paper, and anything at our disposal. Basically, we use any media at our disposal to replicate and allocate the Word of God.
Partnerships with over 170 content providers such as members of the Forum of Bible Agencies and the Bible Societies , Faith Comes by Hearing and the JESUS Film Project, as well as our relationships with distributors like Open Doors, Bible League of Canada, and the Deaf Bible Society enable us to legally provide the Church abroad with the critical resources she so desperately needs and in a timely manner.
Since 2001, the Digital Bible Society and its partners have compiled twenty-five language libraries and distributed hundreds of millions of Christian resources all over the world. We have libraries in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Spanish, and many other languages with more on the way. The full extent of such a resource’s impact cannot be measured since these libraries are free-to-copy and free-to-distribute.
We also distribute our resources over the internet. The Digital Bible Society sponsors projects like Find-a-Bible and the Bible.Cloud which are currently helping Christians around the world to discover, secure and distribute Bibles and resources in multiple formats and methods. Hundreds of Bibles that have been long out-of-print, are now available at cost Online through Print-on-Demand.
Since all of our materials are made available to churches, mission agencies, church planters, teachers, leaders and disciple-makers at cost or free-of charge, the Digital Bible Society subsists solely off of the generous assistance of our donors. Your partnership, be it in the form of financial gifts, prayers, or the hands-on distribution of Christian resources, enables us to continue the work of supplying the church in fulfilling The Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20).
We are now preparing hundreds of additional Bibles – and tens of thousands of resources – for sharing digitally.With your help and with God's blessing, we can prayerfully press on toward the mark of ensuring that God's Word is, and remains, accessible in every language, and to every people group of the world
In 1997, Time-Life magazine named Gutenberg's printing press as the most important invention of the last thousand years. In like manner, the A&E Network identified its inventor, Johannes Gutenberg, as the most influential person of the millennium.
The printing press turned the world's economic, social, and spiritual order on its head. Overnight, the teachings of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others spread across Europe like wildfire. The printing press paved the way for the Reformation, which introduced the gospel to untold millions.
The twentieth century saw another revolutionary invention that is having a far greater impact than the Gutenberg press, the digital logic-gate. In the space of a few decades, the digital revolution dramatically transformed the economic and social order of the planet.
It has also changed the missions world. On any given day, millions of souls will search for God on the Internet, while believers around the globe evangelize with multi-lingual movies on their cell phones and search the Scriptures with all manner of devices.
The last century saw the most explosive growth of Christianity in human history. It is estimated that the Church in China miraculously exceeded 100 million believers and continues to multiply with a growth rate of 5 to 10 million new believers every year.
In the last few years, an unprecedented outpouring of grace and salvation has been sweeping across the Middle East with millions coming to Christ across the Islamic world, a region hitherto closed to the gospel and where Biblical resources are scarce and evangelism and Scripture distribution are often forbidden.
In order to make the most of the digital revolution, the Digital Bible Society has partnered with Bible translators, mission agencies, and Christian content creators to amass digital Bibles and other resources: commentaries, discipleship materials, classic Christian literature, children's resources, worship MP3s, hymnals, videos (such as The Jesus Film and The Hope), audio files, and many more into quality, free-to-copy libraries. Once a language library is completed, DBS partners with those serving individual target regions to freely distribute these libraries where most needed.
Thus far, the Digital Bible Society has produced sizable resource libraries for distribution in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Turkish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Bengali, Indonesian, Malaysian, Spanish, and a number of other languages. These Treasures Libraries are available on a variety of computer media or directly from our website, and may be accessed on any number of devices including computers, tablets, cell phones, mp3 players, and hand-held projectors. Furthermore, any of the libraries may be freely copied and distributed, either digitally or via hard-copy printouts.
We invite you to partner with us in "making God's Word accessible in every language."
Because we believe that Christ “came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest” (John 10:10), and because we have experienced the life-giving power of His Words, (John 6:63), and because God has called us to share those Words, we will pursue the following values:
We exist to make God’s Word accessible to all.The Holy Scriptures will be the centerpiece of all of our projects.
We prioritize the persecuted Church and the Bible impoverished.about.values_persecute_description
We will provide resources that serve church planters.Because of the significant worldwide demand for Christian resources, we have chosen to include as much quality content as possible in our libraries with a focus on church-planting. The quality of a resource is determined by church leaders in the target area.
We will remain non-partisan wherever possible.While we deliberately seek to avoid areas of historic division within the Church, we embrace the ideals of Evangelical Christianity and submit to the standards and principles of the Lausanne Covenant for World Evangelism.
We seek to serve the Body of Christ We believe that God has called us to serve the Body of Christ by doing our part to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:18-60). Our organization will strive to develop strong relationships with the church at home and abroad.
We will be people of prayer. We believe that we are called and privileged to walk in close relationship with God and that our work can only be accomplished through prayer and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We desire to work through partnerships Content entrusted to the Digital Bible Society for distribution remains the sole property of the contributor, including any alteration or digital improvements made by our organization or their partners. Only content granted with full permission from the controlling organization is included in our libraries, and DBS does not promote one organization's content over another's
We endeavor to be good stewards of our finances and partnerships. Recognizing that content we share is provided by the generous contributions of our partners, DBS will not profit by the sale of digital material entrusted to our care. We will reserve the right to charge a reasonable amount to cover costs associated with media production and delivery
Because of the diverse backgrounds of our team, partners, and contributors, we regard ourselves as inter-denominational. We are Protestant theologically and Evangelical in practice. And, while we do not agree on everything, we fully agree on the following points:
We believe in one God, the Father,}
the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, who, though being one, is revealed in Scripture as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:18–19, John 1:14, Acts 5:3–4, 2Cor 13:14, Heb. 1:1–3, Rev. 1:4–6).
We believe in Jesus Christ,
His absolute deity and virgin birth, His real and perfect manhood, the authority of His teaching, the infallibility of His utterances, His work of atonement for sin by His suffering and death, His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, His present high-priestly intercession for His people, His Lordship over the Church as its supreme Head, and His triumphant return at the end of this age. (Luke 1:30–35, 2:40, John 1:1–2, John 1:18, 1:29, 3:16, Rom 3:25–26, 2Cor 5:14, Eph 1:22–23, Phil 2:5–8, Heb. 1:3, 4:15, 7:25, 10:5–14, 1Pet 3:18).
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the giver of life, who with the Father and the Son ought to be worshiped and glorified. He proceeds from the Father and the Son and is sent to comfort, teach, direct, edify, inspire, convict and empower Christ's Church to proclaim the gospel and live holy lives. (Luke 24:49, John 14:16–17, 16:7–15, Act 1:8, 1Co 3:16, Eph 3:16, 1Th 1:5, 1Jo 2:27).
We believe the Bible–both the Old and New Testament–to be the inspired,
infalible, sufficient, and authoritative Word of God. We believe that God the Father has given first the Holy Spirit, second, the testimony of history, and, third, the evidence of the created world to inform a sober reading of Scripture. (Luke 24:27, 44, Acts 17:2–3, 26:22–23, 28:23, Rom. 15:4, 2Ti. 3:16, 2Pe 1:21).
We believe that Jesus saves sinners
and freely gives them the gift of eternal life in a literal heaven, and that all mankind is fallen and in desperate need of this saving grace. We believe that salvation comes only through repentance and faith in the person and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, 3:16–18, 3:36, 5:24, Rom 1:16-17, 5:6–9, Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, James 1:18, 1 John 5:11-12).
We believe that the Church is central
to God's purposes and is made up of all who unite in faith. We also believe that the united gathering of believers for edification, inspiration, instruction and prayer is primary to the purposes of God and is central to the work of His Kingdom. (Matt 16:16–18, Acts 2:42–47, 1Co 12:12–27, Eph 1:20–23, 4:3–10, Col 3:14–15).
We believe in the resurrection
of the dead and the reality of eternal happiness in Heaven for the saved and eternal punishment for the lost in Hell. We soberly await the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ and His final judgment of all mankind. (Matt 24:29-31, John 14:1–3, 1Co 15:51–52, Phil 3:20, 1Th 4:14-18, 2Th 1:7-9, Tit 2:11–14, 2Pe 3:9-13, Rev. 20:1-3, 11-15).
We believe that the Great Commission is a call to all believers
We believe that we, as Christians, are called to intensive and deliberate evangelism in accordance with the Great Commission. We believe that the unity of believers, the prayers of the saints, and the universal distribution of Scripture are critical to such work. (Matt 9:36-38, 24:14, 28:18–19, Mark 16:15, John 17:18, Acts 1:8, 2Co 5:18–20).
Reformer and Bible Translator
Sixth President of the United States
English philosopher and physician
Missionary to China
Digital Bible Fellowship
Over the next ten years, our all-volunteer organization of programmers and missionaries visited dozens of Chinese missions conferences and labored diligently to create trusted partnerships as we developed five different versions of Chinese Treasures. To date, with more than 40 organizations contributing valuable Chinese content, we have sent out more than a quarter of a million Chinese libraries which have been copied and duplicated God knows how many times.In January 2010, the World Bible Translation Center invited leaders from 14 ministries to Fort Worth, Texas to both review the work we did for China and talk about ways they could help us build a Bible library for the Middle East. That same day, five organizations stepped forward to pledge funds for the accelerated development of Arabic and Persian Treasures.One week later, Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computer, introduced a new device, the iPad, and changing mobile computing forever.We immediately went to work figuring out the new technology and hiring programmers and designers to help us put the new libraries together. At the same time, we were inundated with new content as partner ministries contacted other partners and friends to help us get Arabic and Farsi resources.Meanwhile, new devices were appearing every week—tablets, MP3 players, MP4 players, hand-held projectors, book readers, and smart-phones were flooding the market, especially overseas. All of these devices seemed to have one thing in common, the ability to read data from a tiny chip called a Micro SD. These small data storage units are not only easy to carry, but can hold more than fifty times as much as a CD-ROM. With proper compression, we could not only add dozens of Bibles and scores of reference books to a library but hundreds of hours of video and thousands of hours of audio all on a single chip. When the year was over, we had Arabic and Persian libraries that were more than seventy times the size of our Chinese projects.In July of 2011, members of the Digital Bible Fellowship, pledged to see the Digital Bible Society vision continue, and agreed to contribute funds to the development of libraries in an additional ten languages: Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Burmese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Turkish, Bengali, and Hindi.
The Digital Bible Team
The DBS Team is a group of mission-minded, servant-hearted professionals, with years of experience from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our guess is you're going to like them. Working in a fun-loving, positive and prayerful environment, our team members are committed to insure that every Christian worker (pastor, missionary, church planter, evangelist and layman) has all they need to freely share God's Word and the world's best resources with everyone they serve.</p><p>If you are considering working in the challenging new world of missions and technology, get in touch!
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