Mission News Network — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years as monarch in 2012, and she’s doing it in a way that might surprise you.
Further reaching than any party or parade will be the Queen’s Bible distribution project in celebration of her 60-year Diamond Jubilee. Specifically, The Queen is interested in distributing New Testaments through churches and schools.
Biblica was approached for the job and was more than happy to oblige.
“We developed and worked through a New Testament Bible that actually includes some notes, and it includes some visuals,” says Biblica’s CEO for North America Doug Lockhart.
Biblica then made churches and parochial schools aware of the opportunity to distribute Bibles in honor of the queen. The idea took off.
“The original goal was 250,000 units, which everyone thought was a very high goal for the U.K. But denominations and churches have been very excited about it,” says Lockhart. “The number is right now at 450,000 units.”
The overwhelming response for the Bibles is incredibly significant. Church attendance is at an all-time low in the United Kingdom, says Lockhart, but young people, in particular, have been showing more interest in the Gospel. Those who receive a Bible now in the name of the royalty may be even more inclined to open it up.