By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHILADELPHIA (ANS- May 11, 2016) – Next week, leaders from some 140 Bible societies working in more than 200 countries and territories will gather in Philadelphia.
According to a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service (ANS), about 500 Christian leaders will attend the United Bible Societies’ World Assembly, a conference that occurs just once every six years.
This year’s event is being hosted by American Bible Society.
American Bible Society relocated to Philadelphia last summer after 199 years in New York City. As it celebrates its bicentennial anniversary, the organization is bringing leaders from around the globe together for discussions about the future of Bible translation, publishing, distribution, engagement and ministry.
The World Assembly is timed to coincide with American Bible Society’s bicentennial celebrations. The week’s events will launch with a gala that celebrates the last 200 years of American Bible Society’s ministry and looks ahead to the future of the organization.
Global Bible ministry leaders will attend dressed in traditional attire from their home countries, with organizers saying that so doing makes the event a true visual representation of the diversity of the attendees as well as the cultures and people they serve.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off the celebration of our 200th year alongside these inspiring Bible ministry leaders from around the world,” said Roy Peterson, president and CEO of American Bible Society.”
He added, “It is an exciting time for American Bible Society but, more importantly, it is an exciting time for the Bible cause. New technology provides unparalleled opportunities for translation and distribution of God’s Word; and we are looking forward to hosting leaders who are paving the way for people on every continent to experience the life-changing message of the Bible.”
The week long World Assembly will feature internationally recognized speakers, such as His Grace Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K. and Kirk J. Franklin, executive director of Wycliffe Global Alliance.
On Sunday May 15, World Assembly delegates from all over the world will attend churches of all denominations and share their stories with the people of Philadelphia.
About United Bible Societies
About American Bible Society
Founded in 1816, American Bible Society works to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its message. For more information, visit www.AmericanBible.org.
Photo captions: 1) Man reading the Bible. 2) Elma and Jeremy Reynalds.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds, who was born in Bournemouth, UK, is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on the book are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. Reynalds now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information, contact: Jeremy Reynalds at email@example.com .
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