Anyone working for a Bible Society needs to be flexible, ready to take on new tasks with courage and creativity and do their best for the Bible cause. As the person responsible for fundraising and communications at the Swedish Bible Society, which has a small staff team, I have found myself taking on a wide variety of roles, the most recent of which has involved crossing Sweden, from east to west coast, armed with a large supply of chocolates and mysterious boxes…
I’m writing this from my hotel room in Kungälv (north of Gothenburg) after a day of manning the Bible Society’s stand at a six-day Christian summer conference. I have run out of chocolate and that’s a good sign! It means I have already given out 200 lime green bags of Bible Society material and treats for conference-goers. As my colleague, Synne, at the Danish Bible Society advises, ‘Always give them chocolates!’, I will need to go out and buy more chocolatey treats for the bags that I will give out tomorrow.
More popular than chocolate!
As for the mysterious boxes I mentioned earlier, they have been even more popular than the chocolates, among both children and adults! They are simply boxes that I have decorated and that have holes so that people can put their hands into them – one box for children and the other for adults. I put various objects relating to a Bible story into the box and get people to feel the objects and guess the Bible story. The adults and children are insisting on trying both boxes!
Daniel in the lions’ den
Yesterday we had Daniel in the lions’ den and the story about the feeding of the 5,000. Today we had Noah’s Ark, and I have many more lined up. Children are given a candy bracelet if they guess the story correctly…and even if they don’t! If a child doesn’t know the story, I tell it to them myself. The older children have also been helping the younger ones to guess the correct story. The children linger by the boxes long after the main meeting in the conference hall has started!
It has been wonderful to see this high-tech generation, who are used to playing sophisticated games on phones, iPads and other devices, responding so enthusiastically to this hands-on, low-tech experience of the Bible. I pray that each and every one of them will remember their various encounters with God’s Word at this conference.
And now onto the next task of sharing God’s Word…I wonder what it will be?