Mike Schrage, Executive Director
Paul reminded Timothy to bring a few items, “especially the parchments,” during their visit in prison in 2 Timothy 4:13 (NIV). Later Paul asks his audience to “remember his chains” in Colossians 4:18 (NIV). I sometimes take for granted the ability to read, carry a Bible without fear, and access multiple versions of God’s Word digitally, effortlessly, and freely even from my phone. The next time you open YouVersion and read your favorite version of the New Testament, remember Paul and his request for the parchments and for prayer.
Even today 80 percent of the world prefers oral and visual materials because they cannot or do not read. Much of the world is locked out of free access to God’s Word because of costs they cannot afford or because their access to download it is prohibited. There are still millions waiting for God’s word and hoping others will intercede for them in their persecution and isolation.