Neighbouring countries and the Bible
Approximately 8 million people, mainly Christians, live in four countries we refer to as our closest neighbours – Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.
Some of our official languages are also spoken in these countries, inter alia, for example Afrikaans in Namibia, Sesotho in Lesotho, Setswana in Botswana and Siswati in Swaziland. Bible work in these countries was initiated by the Bible Society of South Africa (BSSA), but since 1987 they function as Bible Societies in their own right. The bond with the BSSA is therefore very strong.
The four Bible Societies in our neighbouring countries are struggling financially and the BSSA helps them to carry out their task, for example, by providing Bibles in cross-border languages, as cheaply as possible. In this way we help them to sell Bibles as affordably as possible and to ensure that the Bible is accessible for their people. In this way, we help them with our common vision to make a Bible available for everyone.
- the Bible Societies in our neighbouring countries
- every person in these countries who receives a Bible.