Filling a Little Space
Susanna Wesley’s life was marked by poverty, tragedy and the loss of loved ones, yet she filled the little space of her home with godly influence poured into the lives of her children. Filling a Little Space will tell the story of God’s work of grace in and through her. This visualized story will also serve as a Mother’s Day lesson in our Occasion for the Gospel Series. Author Chrystal Stauffer joins us for this project along with BVI newcomers, Bethany and Olivia Moy who will illustrate the story.
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.
Old Testament Volume 8 is part of BVI’s Visualized Bible Series which provides children with a comprehensive study of Bible doctrine through 312 visualized lessons. In particular, this volume examines the providence of God by looking at God’s care of His people in the wilderness. Lessons one through three examine God’s provision of water, manna and protection and lesson four draws clear application to the life of the believer.
As part of our True Colors project, BVI is working to bring this volume into full-color to help capture children’s attention and focus it on God. Graphic Artist Joshua Day has been assigned to this volume. Once this volume is completed, the entire five-volume set on the book of Exodus will be done!
Current Status: Joshua has started the work of cleaning the old files and tightening up the line work in preparation for colorization.
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!