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The Year of the Bible Celebrations in Kuwait

The Year of the Bible celebratory service was held on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at the St. Mark Coptic Church in Kuwait. The service also marked the bicentennial celebration of the Bible Society movement around the world. 

The service was attended by a good number of representatives from different churches and denominations in Kuwait and was a good opportunity to mark the importance of the Bible in today’s world. Mr. Yousef Sabri, the Bible Society coordinator for Arabic programs in Kuwait made the opening word, followed by hymns. Rev. Amanuel Ghareeb, the pastor of the National Evangelical Church, Arabic language congregation, offered a special prayer for the Bible. The choir of the Armenian Orthodox church in Kuwait, Naregatzi, sang three hymns, and the dramatized Bible reading was done by Helen Thomas, Yousef Sabri and Raja Al Achi. The Bible text was the parable of the sower and the seed. (Mark 13: 1-9, 18-21).

A multi-media presentation on the Bible and the Bible Society movement over the last 200 years was presented by Babu Ganta, the Information officer of the Gulf Bible Society.  Bishop Francis Micallef of the Catholic Church, Father Beqol Al Anba Beshoy of the St. Mark Coptic Church, and Archbishop Dr.  Goriun Babian, Catholicossal Vicar of the Armenian prelacy of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf countries, made short, meaningful meditations on the Bible and stressed the relevance of the Bible in today’s world. . The message, based on the parable of the Sower and the Seed, was delivered by Hrayr Jebejian, the Executive Secretary of the Bible Society.  A prayer of thanksgiving was offered by Rev. Vincent Lucas of Everlasting Life Ministry, NECK. The benediction was offered by Archimandrite Afram Al Tumy, of the Greek Orthodox Church.

A special book table was organized and placed at the entrance of the church rich in different editions and languages of the Bible. Special promotional prices were offered for the Year of the Bible event.

A reception, organized by the St. Mark Coptic church, followed the service.

It was, indeed, a blessed time for the entire Christian community in Kuwait, to celebrate together the Bible day. All shared their gratitude to the Bible Society for the precious ministry rendered to the church and the community.

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