Beautiful Free Bookmarks with John 3 Verse 16 in many Languages of the World

It has been estimated that there are at least 6909 living languages in the world today – how amazing! I am uncertain about whether the Bible has been even partially translated into most of these but surely one verse which the souls of the world must hear is the lovely John 3v16… “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Originally I used to make bookmarks as a little complimentary gift to go with my books but in recent years I have felt fulfilment in making and distributing colourful bookmarks with John 3v16 depicted on them in different languages too. Translations of John 3v16 in many languages of the world can be downloaded, printed and then pasted to colourful card or old gardening magazines. I cut these into bookmark form, laminate them and then hand them out as free gifts to those I meet on my travels.

Two years ago my bookmarks were almost confiscated by airport security, supposedly because laminated articles are sharp and can be used as weapons! After that incident I decided that the best place for them was to be safely stored in luggage that goes in the hold. So far I have made and distributed bookmarks in Greek, Albanian, Chinese (Mandarin), Polish, Irish – and English of course. Just recently I was speaking to a missionary friend who will be travelling back to her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so I have decided to send her some gift bookmarks with John 3v16 in Swahili, which is the main language there. (However, I have now discovered that there is more than one dialect in Swahili!)

It is interesting also to note that there are many languages in the world which are only spoken – but have never been written. How faithful we need to be in our prayer for those who have never heard! Surely the Lord can reach into hearts with His convicting Spirit, whether on remote mountains, or in equatorial forests or in crowded city slums, so that souls for whom Jesus died would know the cure for the sin which all of mankind has inherited?

Here in the Republic of Ireland we have had an influx of people from many nations of the world in recent years. I have the opportunity to give bookmarks to Chinese people in their restaurants and to the many people from Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and even Russia, although many of these speak English anyway. I feel led to reach people from Muslim backgrounds too, although their religion forbids them to accept any other system of belief. However, as regards the recently handmade bookmarks in Arabic in my possession, I feel certain that the Lord will provide an outlet for these.

I am fascinated by languages with their different lettering systems and also the fact that even one small country can have multiple dialects. Sometimes when my personal concerns rush in to crush me, I remind myself of that vast world out there and its billions of souls for whom the Lord laid down His life. You and I, as individuals, are seemingly so insignificant in the midst of it all – but He knows each one of us intimately; even to the point where each of the hairs on our head is numbered! (Luke 12v7)

“For God so loved the world, (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Bulgarian, Arabic, Armenian, Russian, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Greek, Irish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean (north and south), Maori, Portuguese, Romanian, Punjabi, Swahili, Sakata….) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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