The Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Monday hosted a ceremony at which they received the traveling World Holy Bible from Madagascar. The travelling Holy Bible is on a two year journey around the world, and it has been to Europe, Australia and China. From Gaborone it went to Lobatse and will continue to go around the country.
“Follow the Bible” is an initiative sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists and its world divisions to stimulate a deeper interest in reading the Bible. It features a multi-language Bible travelling to countries around the world to reinvigorate the study of God’s word. The journey commenced in the Philippines at the Annual Council on Sabbath in October 2008.
Delegates at the Council were invited to recommit their lives to a study of God’s word.
When officiating at the ceremony, Minister of Lands and Housing Nonofo Molefhi congratulated the Seventh-day Adventist Church for their initiative.
“There is no doubt that as a nation, Botswana is predominantly a Christian country. It is important that we direct our lives to what we profess. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” he said.
Molefhi also said that government has always regarded the Christian community as a valued partner in many sectors such as education and health.
“There is no doubt that the Bible continues to play an important role in our community. This is evidenced by the fact that it validates the truthfulness of any fact as manifested by its use for oath by the National Assembly and the Judiciary,” said Molefhi.
For her part, Gaborone mayor Veronica Lesole called upon Batswana to study the word of God.
The “follow the Bible” initiative is aimed creating awareness of Christianity in the community and encouraging the Christian community in every nation to return to the Bible, and accept its authority.