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The momentous development of Bible Societies began with a young girl……

Mary Jones was born in Wales, UK in 1784. She attended worship every week and longed for her own Bible. After working and saving very hard for six years, Mary journeyed to buy her Bible in Wales language. 

In 1804, the world’s first Bible Society, the British and Foreign Bible Society was formed. It is Mary Jones’ story of perseverance that sparks global development of Bible Societies.

Mary Jones was born in Wales, UK in 1784. A girl diligent at learning God’s Word strived to own a Bible. However, it was uncommon those days to own printed Bibles which were generally unaffordable. For little Mary, the cost of one Bible was over-bearing. She treasured every opportunity to work and save hard on meagre earnings from performing household chores for neighbours. Six years gone by, she now had enough money to buy a Bible in Wales language.

It was summer of 1800, and Mary set off for a lone journey around mountains and across streams for a whole day to arrive at the town of Bala. When Mary learned that the last copy of the Bible was being reserved by another customer, she cried out of desperation. Her deep yearning for God’s Word moved Mr Charles, the seller of Bibles. He decided to sell this Bible to Mary instead of keeping it on reserve.

Mary Jones’ yearning for Bible out of pure faith and determination to overcome challenges stands as an encouraging example for many people. It inspired the stronger commitment of Mr Charles in Bible printing. Four years later, the British and Foreign Bible Society was established, setting out movements of Bible Societies. There are now 146 Bible Societies across the globe.


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