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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

MINISTRY SNAPSHOT – India

MINISTRY SNAPSHOT

India

IN 2014, a group of 40 teachers met after school for the first Bible Study Fellowship satellite class at Anita Methodist School in Chennai, India. Three years later, the handprints of God’s Word are seen across the culture of the school.

“You don’t expect God to talk to your problems,” said Rachel, a teacher, who was initially reluctant to be a part of a BSF group. “But He does! He teaches you how to handle crises with an understanding of eternity.”

Studying God’s Word side-by-side cemented the group of colleagues as a family and taught them to reach into one another’s lives with love.

PERSONAL

IMPACT

MINISTRY SNAPSHOT – Personal Connection

Personal Connection

T hrough a Satellite Discussion Group, several women in a Michigan correctional facility are studying God’s Word each week. Lives are being transformed as these women learn about God’s faithfulness, His promises and the freedom of the gospel.

 

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T wo women, recently released from jail, are experiencing God’s endless love through BSF class members in Michigan.   

The women, who previously attended a BSF satellite group in a local jail, are the first members to join the group’s base class upon their release.   

The satellite group, called The God Pod, is led by a local teaching leader and volunteer BSFers who travel to the jail each week.   

Earlier this year, God’s Word resonated on a personal level with one of the women during a lesson about Solomon’s request for wisdom and God’s wisdom revealed.  

“She burst out, ‘That is ME! I am requesting wisdom and need wisdom to be revealed!’ ” the teaching leader shared.  

During the lesson, from 1 Kings 3, Solomon delivered Godly judgment for two prostitutes as they argued over the life of infant.  

During her lecture, the teaching leader stated: 

“In this story we also see a glimpse of what true love is – it is sacrificial. The mom was willing to give up her rights to be the mom to save the life of her son.” 

Looking at the group, she saw one of the woman nudge another.   

“After the lecture, she came up to me and said, ‘I have to tell you. I had sex the morning I was sentenced and sent to jail. I have been in jail five months and just learned this week that I am five months pregnant. I have a 9-year-old and twin 4-year-olds at home. I have all I can handle. I can tell you without a doubt that if I (wasn’t in jail), I would have terminated the pregnancy. Instead, I am in jail and in this God Pod. I can’t handle having another child, but maybe someone else can.” 

One of the BSF volunteers shared her own story, as an adoptive parent. She explained that through another woman’s sacrifice, she was now a mother. And the two women who seemed worlds apart bonded through God’s redemptive story.  

“I saw God work through the lesson, the lecture, the God Pod, the volunteer class member, and more,” the teaching leader said. “God works all things out according to His wise and good purposes. He is amazing!” 

MINISTRY SNAPSHOT – Personal Growth

Personal Growth

A fter more than 10 years of following Christ, a group of Cantonese women are discovering the power of God’s Word for the first time.  

Through a Satellite discussion group, facilitated in their native language, God’s truth is making a personal impact.  

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A Group Leader in California reports:

“I want to thank everyone for praying for the Cantonese Satellite Discussion Group and the work for helping to make it work.  

“In the past week, I got feedback from my own church (Cantonese congregation) that it has been noticed that quite a few sisters have been diligently studying the Bible. And then they found out that these sisters are attending our BSF Cantonese group. 

“They also found out that some of these sisters have never really tried to read the Bible by themselves for all these years, even though they have been baptized  for more than 10 years.  Today, these sisters are spending hours every week studying the Bible and trying to understand God’s Words with an eager heart.  

“The mission of BSF is recognized with much respect.  And I want to share with all of you that God is gracious and for those ladies He leads to our studies, He is ready to bless them with His Words!”

MINISTRY SNAPSHOT – Personal Comfort

Personal Comfort

A s Ena dug into God’s Word with her Day Women’s Class in Brandon, Florida, her faith had a profound impact on those around her. Ena died of cancer earlier this year, but her heart for the Lord continues to draw others to Christ. 

Ena’s Mom shared:

“Ena and I joined a weekly women’s Bible study in September. I wanted her to be around women her own age and not just her mom all of the time. The study was Romans this year, and she had the most wonderful leader… She and Ena became fast friends, and Annie has helped Ena to understand God in ways she had not thought of before.”

A s Ena dug into God’s Word with her Day Women’s Class in Brandon, Florida, her faith had a profound impact on those around her. Ena died of cancer earlier this year, but her heart for the Lord continues to draw others to Christ. 

Ena’s Mom shared:

“Ena and I joined a weekly women’s Bible study in September. I wanted her to be around women her own age and not just her mom all of the time. The study was Romans this year, and she had the most wonderful leader… She and Ena became fast friends, and Annie has helped Ena to understand God in ways she had not thought of before.”

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M onths after she was engaged to be married, Ena began to feel sick. Initially, doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia, but later tests confirmed she had developed stage four pancreatic cancer. In February 2017, doctors predicted Ena would not live through the night. 

That very day, Ena’s fiancé, Steven, married her in the hospital. Against all odds, Ena survived the night and the subsequent 11 months. 

“I asked Ena if she would be interested in attending a women’s Bible study and prayed there was a BSF class that met near us,” said Ena’s mother, Rene. “Praise God there was, and we signed up.

“Right before attending the first class, Ena’s chemo failed, and her cancer returned. Then at the same time, Hurricane Irma hit us, but just days out of the hospital and with lungs still full of cancerous fluid, she was determined to attend BSF.

“As God would have it, this year’s study was Romans. There is no better book of the Bible for two women who grew up in the church but needed to hear the miracle of God’s plan for us in a whole new way.”

Ena’s mother wrote the following eulogy for her daughter. She asked Ena’s friend and BSF group leader, Annie Everett, to read it at her funeral. It follows:

“As I have spent the last few days going through thousands of photos, it became very clear to me that what I want everyone to see is that although Ena lived just 28 years, she crammed a lifetime into them. 

“Ena gave me the best gift a child can give a parent- her faith in God. I have no doubt, whatsoever, where she is spending eternity.

“Ena grew up in the church. She has always known and believed who God and Jesus are. She went to Sunday school, was in youth group, was baptized, went on mission trips and volunteered her time and money as part of her Christian faith. But, over the past four months, God has become real to her in a new way.

“Ena and I joined a weekly women’s Bible study in September. I wanted her to be around women her own age and not just her mom all of the time. The study was Romans this year, and she had the most wonderful leader, who is reading this to you right now. She and Ena became fast friends, and Annie has helped Ena to understand God in ways she had not thought of before.

“This is what Ena wanted others to know that she has learned. It is not hard to follow Christ or accept His free gift of salvation. There is not a list of rules to follow, and all of your good deeds and good intentions will not get you there. You cannot work your way to heaven. No matter how good you try to be, on your own you will never be good enough. We acheive the eternity Ena is experiencing at this very moment through the grace of God by accepting His Son, whom He loved.  

“Everyone knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Most people do not read the next verse, which is equally important. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” We learn in Romans 8, there is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

“Romans also teaches us that NO ONE is perfect. We will never achieve perfection is this life. Ena is perfect now because her faith has brought her into eternity. She has a new body free from earthly limitations, pain and disease.

“Ena’s verse for herself was Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Ena was certainly afflicted, but she had hope and she had the joy that can only come from knowing God.

“Because of the great hope Ena and Steven both had, they were able to live most days of the last year of her life like she did not have cancer. They enjoyed each moment as a gift.

“When you have a loved one with cancer, especially your child, you pray for huge miracles: ‘Please just save her life.’ As time progresses and chemo becomes the routine, you pray for the little things: ‘Please let her sleep all night,’ ‘Please let her stop throwing up,’ ‘Please let her breathing be easy.’ As I look back over the last year of my daughter’s life, I see we were experiencing a miracle all along. Her last year could have been spent in daily pain, sickness and depression, but it wasn’t.

SHE LIVED!

“Multiple trips to Disney, her beautiful wedding on her original chosen date in April, a honeymoon to Alaska, trips o our beach on Anna Maria Island, swimming with the sea lions in the Keys, even a Thanksgiving trip to California, where Steven’s entire family got to be together. She even started working a few hours every other week, where the staff made sure rocking a newborn was on the agenda for her each time. By being able to go to a weekly Bible study, the one thing that she got to do that did not have anything to do that did not have anythignt o do with cancer, she met new women and grew in her faith. She loved seeing God and Christ in a brand-new way.

“Ena almost left this earth a year ago, I am so glad God gave her to us for another year and that it was spent so well. Not a moment was wasted, no regrets. What wonderful memories we all have from this past year.

I’ve talked to God a lot this past year … begged Him, cried out to Him. I asked Him several times that if Ena loses her earthly life, to please let me have a glimpse of what she is seeing. Everyone wants this, of course, but few receive it.

“As Ena was taking her last breaths, she smiled with each one, and then those beautiful, blue eues, which had been closed for hours, opened up clearly. She looked at all of us surrounding her, and then she was gone. What we saw in her eyes was her entering the unimaginable beauty of heaven.

“Thank you God! Thank you for Ena’s LIFE. Thank you for taking her home in such an amazing way.”

 

MINISTRY

GROWTH

  • 2019 Adult Classes: 1,260
  • 2009 Adult Classes: 1,009
  • 2019 Adult Members: 372,903
  • 2009 Adult Members: 202,716
  • 2019 Satellite Groups: 4,862
  • 2014 Satellite Groups: 168

Looking back and forward at BSF

2019 marks both BSF’s 40th year headquartered in San Antonio and 60th year since incorporation.

Over the past year alone, BSF launched a new study, People of the Promised Land I; introduced a new member website, mybsf.org; and continued to build infrastructure for BSF Online.

Seeing what God had done so faithfully, we look forward to the year ahead as we develop study content for People of the Promised Land II; work toward launching WordGo, an app-based Bible study; and host our first ever global BSF Summit for leaders. And much more.

 

It is – and always has been – a great time to be a part of BSF!

BSF

IN ACTION

MAUREEN WONG

BSF LONDON

“I n studying God’s Word, I learned to be open to whatever ministry God gave me. Whatever achievement I see is not mine, it’s God’s.” 

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JOHN AMUASI

BSF GHANA

“G od has used BSF to deepen my relationship with Him and to strengthen (my) outreach work. I must say my commitment to BSF work has impacted every aspect of my secular work.” 

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PEGGY SANSBURY

BSF SOUTH CAROLINA

“Iyou’ve been in BSF for six weeks, you’ve received more spiritual training than most people around the world. I would encourage every BSF class member to glean everything they can and don’t skimp on it.”

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ANTHONY TAN

BSF SINGAPORE

A fter years studying God’s Word, Anthony Tan felt prepared to share his faith.

“Through our conversations, I took the opportunity to share the real story of Jesus Christ.”

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YOUR GENEROSITY

AT WORK 2018

PRINTED LESSONS

(in three languages)

DIGITAL LESSONS

DOWNLOADED

SCHOOL PROGRAM

QUESTIONS DOWNLOADED

Fiscal Year End – August 31, 2018

  • 81.3% 81.3%
  • 15.1% 15.1%
  • 3.6% 3.6%

Where your giving goes

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.

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Programs

$ 25,080,638

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Administration

$ 3,255,931

FINANCIAL FAITHFULNESS

T his 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 $3,047,365 for current year capital investments and $1,642,318 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.

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Current

$ 3,047,365

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Future

$ 1,642,318

Thank you for your generosity!

To God be the glory!

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