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God is using Bible Study Fellowship around the world to impact people for Christ. Your generosity allows us to share God’s Word with thousands of people each day. Thank you for partnering with BSF as we work together to magnify the name of Jesus.

BSF

IMPACT

G od is using Bible Study Fellowship around the world to impact people for Christ. Your generosity allows us to share God’s Word with thousands of people each day. Thank you for partnering with BSF as we work together to magnify the name of Jesus.

GLOBAL

IMPACT

ADULT MEMBERS

CHILDREN

COUNTRIES

New Technology, New Opportunities, Ancient Truth

T  hrough the Acts and Letters of the Apostles study, we have learned about Gods unstoppable power. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced it! 

Stories from around the world have poured into BSF Headquarters, detailing Gods continued work through our studies. Although the world is in chaos, the promises of Gods Word remain constant. Just as He prepared the early Church to weather many storms, He prepared our ministry to weather the storm of this unique time. 

For one U.S. teaching leader, the global pandemic, an international vacation and some new technology created an unusual opportunity. She was able to use her BSF training and her love for Christ to proclaim God’s unstoppable message of hope.

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Halfway through a 10-day vacation to Peru, Sonya Mounts and her husband learned that U.S. borders were closing. Their flight home to Spokane, Wash., had been canceled. They found themselves confined to a hotel in Cusco. Feeling trapped and helpless to change her situation, Sonya turned to God’s Word and her BSF lesson.

“Since our class had gone online, I began working on the lecture, which had parallels with our lives in confinement in Cusco,” Sonya said.

In the introduction to her lecture, she said, I know my traveling woes are nothing compared to Pauls, but I am relating with how he lost a lot of his freedoms. Things were out of his control – yet God was in control, and Gods mission was moving forward in spite of setbacks.”

After spending hours in prayer, pouring over Acts 21:17-23:34, Sonya reflected.

I thought about what Paul would do in this situation … use it as an opportunity!”

As Sonya made plans to record her lecture, she thought about the other hotel guests. How was the pandemic affecting them? Were they worried about loved ones? Could they be facing unemployment? Powerless to change the circumstances, Sonya could do one thing: share her hope in God’s unstoppable power.  

Taking a step of faith, she wrote a message to 24 other stranded travelers who, just days before, had been strangers.

Id seen one group of 10 pray before a meal, so I thought there would be some interested. On Saturday night, I talked to the hotel manager about using a space Sunday for a gathering and wrote this to the 24 other guests on our WhatsApp group:

“ ‘Tomorrow is Sunday.  I wonder if anyone would like to gather to focus on God together? Im preparing a lecture for my Bible Study Fellowship class over Acts 21:17-23:34. Its an action-packed passage – Paul goes on a trip, and it seemingly goes all wrong. There are rumors, a mob, clashing power structures. He gets locked up, gets protected because of his citizenship and gets transported for his safety. Interesting parallels for us today! Everyones invited to join tomorrow morning up in the yoga room at 10. Was thinking we could read through the passage together (YouVersion or Bible Gateway apps work), discuss, and I could share my lecture (prefer w/people vs. just talking to a screen).” 

After pushing “send,” Sonya had a moment of fear” and asked her group leaders to pray.

With a sense of God’s peace and presence, Sonya was ready.

Sunday morning, 14 out of the 24 guests came! We read through the passage in portions, discussed, and then I shared and recorded the lecture. It was a blessed time!!” she said. At one point, one of the attenders started walking out during the lecture – I thought he was leaving, but he was actually taking a picture!

“Im thankful for an unstoppable God! (and for digital tools and technology, too.)”

PERSONAL

IMPACT

A Faith that Begins

Joshua Santos – Florida, USA

A  few weeks after the People of the Promised Land 1 study year had ended, Joshua began talking more and more about getting baptized. He practically ran up when our pastor gave an invitation one Sunday.

When prompted to give a date for surrendering his life to Christ, he looked at me questioningly, ‘But what if I don’t know the exact date?’

So I asked him, ‘When did Jesus become real to you, Joshua? Like when did you understand why and how much you need Him to be in charge of your heart?’

“And this is what he said: ‘To be honest, Mom, it happened in BSF.’

Read the rest of Joshua’s story.

A  few weeks after the People of the Promised Land 1 study year had ended, Joshua began talking more and more about getting baptized. He practically ran up when our pastor gave an invitation one Sunday.

When prompted to give a date for surrendering his life to Christ, he looked at me questioningly, ‘But what if I don’t know the exact date?’

So I asked him, ‘When did Jesus become real to you, Joshua? Like when did you understand why and how much you need Him to be in charge of your heart?’

“And this is what he said: ‘To be honest, Mom, it happened in BSF.’

Read the rest of Joshua’s story.

A Faith that Sustains

Joy Machunga – Jos, Nigeria

A  fter several days in Abuja, Nigeria, visiting a BSF class as an Area Advisor, Joy was on her way home to the city of Jos 

Between Abuja and Jos, bus drivers choose between two routes. One, though longer, is highly populated and typically safe. The other is infamous for gang activity and carjackings. That day, Joy’s driver chose the latter and the bus was overtaken by a gang of armed gunmen.

Lying facedown, Joy was prepared to die. Shots sounded overhead, and Joy prayed in silence.  “I just said, ‘Lord, take control.'”

Unexpectedly, after threatening and kicking several passengers, the gunmen allowed them to return to the bus and continue their route. 

“Everyone stumbled into the bus,” Joy said. “People were crying, so I said to them, ‘Please don’t cry,’ because I wanted the driver to concentrate. Then I started to think, ‘Let’s give thanks to God because nobody was hurt or shot.’ There were eight people on that bus. Eight families could have been mourning that day. So, I started singing.”  

In a confident voice, Joy sang a familiar Nigerian hymn. Two men joined the song, and within minutes their weeping turned to worship.

“I thank God for the tool of BSF and wisdom to be able to walk through the Word step by step at every level,” Joy said. “I’m so thankful. Knowing about Him and knowing Him for who He is through His Word are different. I’m a living testimony of how practical His Word really is.” 

Read the rest of Joy’s story.

 

After several days in Abuja, Nigeria, visiting a BSF class as an Area Advisor, Joy Machunga was on her way home to the city of Jos 

Between Abuja and Jos, bus drivers choose between two routes. One, though longer, is highly populated and typically safe. The other is infamous for gang activity and carjackings. That day, Joy’s driver chose the latter and the bus was overtaken by a gang of armed gunmen.

Lying facedown, Joy was prepared to die. Shots sounded overhead, and Joy prayed in silence.  “I just said, ‘Lord, take control.'”

Unexpectedly, after threatening and kicking several passengers, the gunmen allowed them to return to the bus and continue their route. 

“Everyone stumbled into the bus,” Joy said. “People were crying, so I said to them, ‘Please don’t cry,’ because I wanted the driver to concentrate. Then I started to think, ‘Let’s give thanks to God because nobody was hurt or shot.’ There were eight people on that bus. Eight families could have been mourning that day. So, I started singing.”  

In a confident voice, Joy sang a familiar Nigerian hymn. Two men joined the song, and within minutes their weeping turned to worship.

“I thank God for the tool of BSF and wisdom to be able to walk through the Word step by step at every level,” Joy said. “I’m so thankful. Knowing about Him and knowing Him for who He is through His Word are different. I’m a living testimony of how practical His Word really is.” 

Read the rest of Joy’s story.

A Faith that Perseveres

Susan Smith – Arkansas, USA

S  usan Smith’s daughter, Elizabeth, was born with severe brain damage. Just a few years into Elizabeth’s life, Susan felt lost and alone.

“I began a slow climb upward with Him leading instead of me. I worked on my relationship with God first, my husband second and discovered a new acceptance of Elizabeth’s condition. It was a two-year process of getting healthy.

“During all of this, a friend invited me to BSF.

“BSF was the foundation I needed to keep all these relationships healthy and in the correct priority.”

“I was a strong and resourceful person, but I learned how to submit. I truly came to the end of myself,” she said. “I think that if you’re not in the Word every day, transforming your mind, you have no power. If you aren’t in the Word, you aren’t empowered by the Holy Spirit.”

Read the rest of Susan’s story.

Susan Smith’s daughter, Elizabeth, was born with sever brain damage. Just a few years into Elizabeth’s life, Susan felt lost and alone.

“I began a slow climb upward with Him leading instead of me. I worked on my relationship with God first, my husband second and discovered a new acceptance of Elizabeth’s condition. It was a two-year process of getting healthy.

“During all of this, a friend invited me to BSF.

“BSF was the foundation I needed to keep all these relationships healthy and in the correct priority.”

“I was a strong and resourceful person, but I learned how to submit. I truly came to the end of myself,” she said. “I think that if you’re not in the Word every day, transforming your mind, you have no power. If you aren’t in the Word, you aren’t empowered by the Holy Spirit.”

Read the rest of Susan’s story.

MINISTRY

GROWTH

Introducing WordGo

W ordGo offers the questions, notes, lectures and training materials we love in a mobile app so people can launch a study with their friends anytime, anywhere. WordGo offers Joshua, Ruth, Acts, Hebrews in a library of studies that will steadily grow.

Though the setting, technology and length of studies might look different from a traditional BSF class, the impact of God’s Word is unchanging.

BSF

IN ACTION

JENNI

USA

“S ince 2014, BSF has impacted me with two major needs in my life – the real communication with God and my commitment to God’s plan.  Knowing and sharing about who Jesus is to His people helped me to apply the Truth in our lives.”

ANNON

JORDAN

“T here is strong interest for WordGo to be used with current multigenerational small groups. This may be just what they need to reach their friends and families in closed countries or non-evangelical churches …”

TIFFANY

AUSTRALIA

“P raise the Lord that more and more brothers and sisters can study the Bible through WordGo. It’s a significant thing for many people. We are a Chinese church, we all love the materials from BSF. May God bless BSF.”

RUTHIE

USA

“T hrough BSF I not only built a relationship with God, but with other kids in my city who love Jesus as much as I do.”

Generosity

AT WORK 2019

PRINTED LESSONS

(in three languages)

DIGITAL LESSONS DOWNLOADED

SCHOOL PROGRAM QUESTIONS DOWNLOADED

Fiscal Year End – August 31, 2019

TOTAL SUPPORT

$30,040,546

YOUR GIFTS

  • 97% 97%

$29,140,433

EVENTS

  • 1.9% 1.9%

$564,083

OTHER

  • 1.1% 1.1%

$336,030

Where your giving goes

CURRENT EXPENSES

$24,483,965

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
BSF is solely dependent on God to provide the resources needed for this ministry. BSF understands that every gift is an act of worship by donors to God and therefore entrusted to us to conduct His work His way. When giving exceeds operational expenses we thank God for providing reserves for needed new facilities, working capital and planned future strategic and capital expenditures.

 

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

BSF engages an independent public accounting firm annually to perform an audit of its financial statements and to express an opinion on them. Our most recent audited statements are located here. BSF maintains affiliations with independent organizations that oversee the financial management of ministry resources and related practices. BSF is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). BSF also receives accreditation from Excellence in Giving (EIG) recognizing our commitment to transparency. 

RECENT RECOGNITION

2019 Ministry Watch Shining Light Award

From Ministry Watch:

“Perhaps one of the most successful proliferations of these “little platoons” over the past half century has been the growth of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).  It has become one of the largest (though least known – more about that later) of the major evangelical Christian ministries operating in the United States.  It is also one of MinistryWatch’s 2019 “Shining Light Award” recipients.”

%

Programs

$ 20,817,291

%

Administration

$ 3,666,674

As percent of Total Support.

CURRENT AND FUTURE CAPITAL

$5,556,581

FINANCIAL FAITHFULNESS

L ast fiscal year’s financial results demonstrate God’s continued faithfulness to provide for His ongoing work through BSF.  The generosity of His people provided not only for our operating budget, but also provided $2,744,436 for current year capital investments and $2,812,145 toward future capital needs.  Capital investments and needs consist primarily of enhancements to BSF’s technology platforms and related digital initiatives, and expansion of our headquarters facilities.

%

Current

$ 2,744,436

%

Future

$ 2,812,145

Thank you for your generosity!

To God be the glory!

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