Posted by: Billy Marsh | August 9, 2007

Bibles Unbound: A Hands-On Ministry

Kim packaging Bibles

Kim and I have been sending out (smuggling) Bibles from our home for the past 7 months. We began in January and now this ministry has become one of the main highlights for us each month. The reason I am endorsing this ministry and giving you all a little information about it is that it is a very dynamic and powerful way to do some missions work from your own home. This ministry is not one that you just simply write a check for each month. Voice of the Martyrs has developed a hands-on approach to supporting the persecuted church in a way that allows us to personally connect with our brothers and sisters overseas in hard places who do not have access to the Word of God.

Some time ago, VOM began receiving requests from underground churches for Bibles to be sent. Local believers started collecting names of coworkers, friends, and families all of whom desired a copy of God’s Word which was then relayed to VOM so that they could send the Bibles over to them via mail in their own translation. The logo, Bibles Unbound, is more or less a wordplay. The title is meant to demonstrate the practical vision of the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim 2:9 (. . . bound with chains of a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!). However, the title also is representative of the production of these New Testaments. They are bound together very inconspicuously so that they do not resemble the type of manufactured Bibles that we all are so accustomed to. However, there is never a guarantee that the Bibles you send will make it to there final destination. This is where prayer becomes a vital factor in this service of the kingdom.

Chinese New Testament

Once a month, Kim and I receive 5 Bibles to mail. Each Bible costs $6, so we spend $3o bucks a month on this ministry. 5 is the minimum, but it is well worth it. You can pick the region where you would like to send Bibles and as of right now, VOM is meeting the demands of believers in China, Indonesia, and Colombia. There used to be more options, I’m not sure why some of the other places such as North Korea have been taken off the list.

VOM pays all of the shipping and handling charges. We package the Bibles into envelopes and address them with the labels that they have provided us with which will take these copies of God’s Word directly to the doorsteps of a Chinese person’s home or even a business site. VOM also supplies a list each month of the names and businesses to which you are sending these NT’s which allows us to pray for them by name very personally. Kim and I have collected the list of names we have and got them laminated and now use them as bookmarks so that we are able to pray for these underground church people and their Bibles continuously.

This would be a great ministry to be a part of. It is a very easy and productive way of living as a global Christian while you are locked away in your study during Seminary or just haven’t felt the call yet to enter the mission field per se. I would hope that many of you would join Kim and I in delivering Bibles to our Christian family worldwide who are starving for the revelation of God in his Holy Scriptures. Help them receive the one book that will allow them to see Jesus, their Suffering Savior, for whom they are already laying down their lives.

Click here to visit Bibles Unbound’s webpage to sign up and watch a promotional video. I hope this has encouraged you, and I pray that the Lord will spark in your heart, if not through this ministry, the desire to contribute in some shape or fashion to his global redemptive plan.


  1. This is a very cool blog man. I see you put a lot of time into it. Very cool message as well. I’ll make sure to keep it in my web browser so I can check it easily. God bless you with your ministry. Talk to you soon…


  2. Thanks Chris, I’m glad you found it. I write a lot of the stuff on here with you and Will in mind. I really miss our fellowship. I hope this blog is an encouragement to you from a distance until we are able to hang out again.

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