God’s Word at Work in the World
➤ Ten out of the top 18 least religious countries in the world are in Europe, according to a 2015 poll by Gallup International. In the United Kingdom, a full two-thirds identify as either “not religious” or “atheist.” Our European leaders are ramping up efforts to address this critical need. Read the latest International Letter from CBS International Director, Keith Sparzak, to learn how God is moving in new ways in Europe and how you can be involved! (International Letter August 2017)
➤ A Children & Youth class in Nicaragua was left with no place to meet. Young lives were being transformed through Bible study, so the leaders improvised–and held class under a bridge! Read more of this story and the many other ways that God is working in the lives of children and teens around the world in the latest Children & Youth International update! (Winter 2016)
Some daily face fearful conditions, some are lost, some are joyful, and some are disowned from their families – but all are learning about God’s love through CBSI classes around the world.
And their lives are being transformed!
Hundreds of thousands of people outside of the U.S. study the Bible through CBS every week in 100 countries.
Here is a little bit of how we do it:
We want to remove any barriers that might keep people from attending a community Bible study in their country. Being able to study the Word of God in your heart language is a critical step in this process – which is why we are constantly translating our Bible studies. For many, we provide one of the first in-depth Bible studies available in their language. New translations are continually needed to provide more access to His Word. Click here for a list of available languages.
Our ministry trailblazers – called Calebs – are trained to bring the ministry of CBS into other countries and areas. Many of these areas have never had access to in-depth Bible study in their own language before. Typically, Calebs have experienced a CBS class first-hand in their own local area. They’ve seen the importance of in-depth Bible study and want to bring the CBS method of studying the Bible—individual study, small group, teaching, commentary and caring community—to other cultures and countries. Depending on the ministry region, trained Calebs might contact local church and denominational leaders in their target country, present more information about CBS, and train and shepherd leaders to help get the ministry started. We train new Calebs every year. If you want to join our team as a Caleb, let us know!
As local believers express an interest in starting a CBS class in their area, our CBSI team (which often includes local Calebs) comes alongside these believers, praying with them and training them. Local leaders are trained to teach, shepherd and facilitate our studies. Find out more about starting a class in your community.
Relationships are crucial! God gave us the ultimate example of a caring shepherd in His Son, Jesus. A good shepherd always places the needs of his sheep ahead of his or her own needs. Our CBSI shepherds give sacrificially of their time because of their love for Jesus and His people.