Huge demand for Bible conferences in the Gulf

Some of the many Telugu Christians who said they were greatly blessed by the Bible conference.

A conference to help Telugu-speaking migrant workers in Dubai engage with God’s Word has created great excitement among Christian communities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and sparked a flood of requests for more.

The 2012 Gulf Telugu Christian Conference, organised by the Global Telugu Christian Ministry, with active participation by the Bible Society in the Gulf, was held in Dubai over three days in August and attracted hundreds of participants from the UAE’s 80 Telugu congregations. There are around 12,000 Telugu Christians in the UAE.

Apply God’s Word to everyday life

A group of women discussing the issues raised at the conference.

The main focus of the conference was how to apply God’s Word to everyday life, including to relationships, work situations and family life. As many Telugu Christians cannot read or write, the Bible Society and TransWorld Radio gave each participant a DVD or SD card containing 550 audio Bible lessons.*

“This is what true revival is all about!” commented a Telugu pastor who attended the conference. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate God’s Word with lively discussions, good music and heartfelt prayers. I believe this conference marks a turning point in Christian ministry among Telugu-speakers in the Gulf.”

News spread like wildfire!

One of the many prayer sessions at the conference.

“News about the conference and the blessings it brought to participants spread like wildfire!” says Bible Society General Secretary Hrayr Jebejian. “Such is the need for biblical teaching, fellowship and prayer in this part of the world that Christian communities in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf are asking for more such conferences.

“The planning committee is organising has quickly organised special additional meetings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which will take place in December and February.”

*These resources are also available in Malayalam and Tamil and will be distributed to migrant workers across the Gulf who speak those languages. They are designed to be used by individuals or labour camp Bible study groups.

The Bible Society in the Gulf is committed to making the Bible available to Christian communities in the seven countries it serves. The vast majority of Christians here are migrant workers from a wide variety of countries, speaking many different languages. As well as translating, publishing and distributing the Bible, the Bible Society partners with the Churches and helps people to read and understand the Bible. Click here to go the Bible Society in the Gulf’s website.