Story Magazine

Third Quarter, 2007

Chapel Bibles Disappear, Make a Difference

by Kelsey Holm, Communication Specialist

Visitors to Luther Seminary's Chapel of the Incarnation are taking the Word of God with them in a new way.

In April, David and Andrea Hayes gifted 300 Bibles to the chapel with the encouragement to "give away the Word of God." The Hayes supported a similar project in their California congregation, which encourages visitors to take the Bibles home to friends who need them.

Inside the front cover of each Bible a plate reads: "Our mission at Luther Seminary is to give away the Word of God and to educate leaders for Christian communities to do the same. If you are in need of a Bible, or you
know someone who needs the Word of God, please accept this Bible as a gift from the seminary. The Bible will be replaced. Pass on the Word!"

It's been less than six months since 300 Bibles were placed in the pews, and more than half have traveled to places needing the Word. In the interest of continuing the mission, the missing Bibles have been replaced. Several congregations, hearing about this project, have implemented it themselves.