St. John's Episcopal Church, Butte, Montana
15 N. Idaho, uptown Butte at the corner of Broadway and Idaho
Phone: 406-723-4017 email: StJohnsButte@gmail.com
Services: Sunday 10:45am and Tuesday 12:15pm
Bibles for Africa began 2012 and since its inception has provided over 5,275 bibles to schoolchildren in Africa.
Craig Smith grew up in the St. John's community and began to have interest in missionary work after hearing Bishop Eludi speak when he was in the 5th grade. In 2008, Craig began teaching and missionary work 1.5 hours south of Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania. Dodoma is an 8-hour bus ride from the former coastal capital, Dar es Salaam. While living in Tanzania Craig observed that almost no one owned a Bible and if they did, it was written in English.
When Craig returned to Tanzania in 2009, he took Swahili Bibles as gifts to the choir. In 2010 he brought Swahili Bibles to all of the choirs in the area.
Craig feels called by God to distribute Swahili Bibles in the rural areas of Tanzania. When he returned to Makang'wa in 2012, he had developed his Bibles for Africa project in its current form. Mostly through his Facebook/TzBibles page and through personal appeals and presentations, Craig raises money to purchase age-appropriate Swahili Bibles for schoolchildren. St. John’s agreed to be the fiscal agent for Bibles for Africa and receive the donations and conduct the accounting for this ministry. Since 2012, Bibles for Africa has delivered Swahili Bibles to 8 schools in 4 different villages. As a child enters 1st grade, he or she receives a Children’s Bible which also has pictures that can be colored. When the child reaches fifth grade, he or she receives a New Testament, also translated into Swahili. At the end of 7th grade, students receive a complete Swahili Bible.
Donations in any amount are gratefully received at any time. Donations can be sent via mail or offering to St. John’s with the designation for Bibles for Africa. Much more information is available on facebook.com/TzBibles.