Georgia Baptists seeking a new appreciation of the Bible have an opportunity to experience the world’s most popular book through an hour-long presentation.
More than 150 objects are on display in the 53-foot trailer currently on a limited tour in Georgia through Jan. 23. It is currently on display from 4-9 p.m. today (Jan. 11) at First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville at 165 S. Clayton Street.
Sponsored by Egan, MN-based Bible Mission Slavic, the Bible Truck is on a two-year tour throughout the U.S., though demand may allow it to expand its presence for an additional three years. Russia native Pavel Dovbush, one of two BMS representatives traveling with the exhibit, said the tour appears mostly in Baptist churches of all denominations but is open to invitations from other evangelical groups.
Bible Mission Slavic, a Russian-focused ministry in the U.S., is part of the worldwide Bible Mission ministry with headquarters in Germany but with offices in nine other nations, added traveling representative Tim Gorelov from Kazakhstan.
The free exhibit has already toured eight states with more than 7,000 persons having toured the exhibit. A tour is necessary because of the explanation of the many objects on display, Gorelov explained.
The tractor-trailer is divided into two parts. The first deals with the early history of the Bible including its origination, duplication through early manuscripts and the printing press, and modern technology. The second deals with its survival and attempts to suppress its distribution in communist countries.
The oldest object is an 1845 Bible and the newest is a bullet-pierced Bible that saved the life of a soldier in the current war between Ukraine and Russia. The bullet passed through the Bible but stopped on the last page, saving the Ukranian soldier’s life.
Display items include objects that have been used to hide and smuggle Bibles in communist nations, such as an automobile gas tank and a propane fuel tank with false bottoms.
“Our goal is to teach about the Bible, encourage believers in their faith, offer an evangelistic encounter, praise God, and build unity within the churches where we bring the exhibit,” Dovbush explained.
The arrangement at First Lawrenceville is typical of what will occur in other churches. Guests register for the tour in the church library, see a small exhibit, then climb a set of stairs into the semi-tractor trailer. A trained volunteer from the church then conducts the tour.
Such involvement by the host congregation is how the exhibit strengthens unity and builds a greater appreciation for the Bible in the church. A photo booth in the registration area also allows guests or families to have their photos taken and presented to them as a bookmark for their Bible.
The exhibit is in both Russian and English and, while tailored to those two language groups, can be easily adapted to any ethnicity through a local translator provided by the church. The Lawrenceville location is being hosted by the church’s Russian-speaking congregation, said Pastor Inman Houston.
“This is an excellent way to bring the Bible and its story to life. It’s very educational on how believers have sacrificed to get the Bible into persecuted countries at the risk of their own lives.”
Baptist Mission Slavic does have far older Bibles and historical items in its Minnesota headquarters than the traveling exhibit but are not included in the road tour because of their fragile nature, Gorelov explained.
For more information visit bibletruck.com.
The exhibit will appear at the following locations through Jan.23:
- Jan. 12-14, Alliance Church, 11 Allenbrook Lane in Roswell;
- Jan. 15-17, New Life Church, 3150 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee;
- Jan. 18-19, Gwinnett Romanian Baptist Church, 2005 Braselton Highway, Buford;
- Jan. 20-21, Calvary Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Highway, Cumming;
- Jan. 22-23, Living Water Christian Church, 4460 Annistown Road in Snellville.
The tour is not connected to the new Bible Museum under construction in Washington, D.C.