David Brainerd story
David Brainerd only lived 29 short years and much of that time was filled with disappointment, discouragement, doubts and physical sickness, yet God used this weak vessel to bring the Gospel to Indian tribes and to inspire future generations of missionaries. Now we want to bring this story to children.
Elinor Young story
Elinor Young was diagnosed with polio as a young girl. Despite her physical limitations she felt the Lord calling her to serve as a missionary in a foreign field. She would eventually go to Irian Jaya, Indonesia. There she lived among the Kimyal tribe and helped translate the New Testament into their language. In a beautiful display of God’s glory, God used her “bad legs” to show the greatness of God’s love for the Kimyal people. Now, we’d like to share that story with children around the world.
On January 13th, 2017 Katherine Hershey entered the presence of our Lord. She served for over 50 years with Child Evangelism Fellowship here in Pennsylvania. For much of that time she was the Director for Lancaster County where BVI is located. She also was very active in writing many of the lessons that BVI continues to produce. In particular she authored our popular Old Testament series on the Tabernacle. Just prior to Katherine’s death, BVI was contacted by a children’s ministry about using our Bible Lessons to Light the Way series this summer in their outreach through the country. Katherine authored this Bible lesson series and in her honor and memory we would like to update this series into full color before it is shared this summer.
This True Color project will not be cheap. The cost of colorizing this 40 illustration series is approximately $3650. Graphic artist, Ed Olson, has already begun work on the project. We can’t think of a better memorial for Katherine Hershey than to help more children hear the gospel through this colorized series. Please consider your support.
As part of our Occasion for the Gospel series, we are working on the true story of Roger Sherman. This humble statesman from Connecticut worked behind the scenes on some of the most important documents in United States history. He was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Association, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Sherman was a sincere believer in Christ and a father devoted to leading his family in the faith. This one chapter story called “When I am Weak…” will be a wonderful narrative to share around Independence Day or any other patriotic holiday!
Project status: Freelance author, Katie Walker, has completed work on the text. Del Thompson has begun the illustration phase.
The True Colors Project was initiated in 2003, with the goal to enhance the effectiveness of BVI’s publications through adding full color and improved teaching resources. This is a major undertaking as there are over 3,000 illustrations in 78 Visualized Bible volumes, 32 stories and 22 hymns. The original line art for each title has been scanned so that it can be updated using the computer (“going digital”). The corresponding teaching material has been typeset and is in various stages of editing: having additional corresponding resources such as review questions, student activities and keyword sheets developed.
Project Status: Old Testament Volumes 4 & 5 on the life of Joseph have recently been colorized and reprinted as part of this project. However, there is still much more work to be done!