Hearing stories about the Bibles we distribute and how they have made an impact or
even changed lives is the most inspiring part of our ministry. If you have any personal stories or know
of anyone whose life has been impacted by a Bible from the Pennsylvania Bible Society - we would love to hear from you.
Please either give us a call (215-922-6779
), send us an email (email@example.com
), or write to us (701 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
). Here is a story from our Annual Report back in 1832 about a young man who received
a Bible from the Bible Society:
highly gratifying account of the effect of a Bible given away by this society, is well calculated to cheer the spirits and
rekindle the zeal of the members of the society. It is not often that the Lord permits his people to hear such interesting
details of the good effected by their instrumentality. When they are thus privileged, it ought to strengthen their faith,
and lead to renewed exertions. The narration is contained in a letter from Samuel L. L. Scott, of this city. Mr.
Scott some time ago solicited for his own gratuitous distribution, 12 Bibles, in addition to six which had been given to him
before for the same purpose. To recommend his application he related the following circumstance:
“A lad about 14 years of age, to whom I gave a Bible, received it with gratitude, and in the manifestation of
his pleasure, discovered a seriousness of feeling, which induced me to hope, that he realized in some degree, the preciousness
of the gift he had received. I charged him to read it often, and obey its sacred commands, to pray that
he might be enabled to understand its heavenly contents, that he might become “wise unto salvation.”
I saw him a few days afterwards, and was gratified and struck with the evident change in his appearance and deportment.
He told me he had read the Bible I had given him, that he was fully convinced that he was a sinner, and that the long
he read, the stronger his conviction became. He expressed a great desire to become a Christian, and said
he would do any thing if God would pardon his sins. I told him, he must repent of his sins from his heart,
and unfeignedly believe in, and depend upon Christ his Saviour, who alone could take away his sins. I left
him, and in a few days again saw him, his convictions had increased, and his agony of mind appeared to be exceedingly great.
He told me, he felt truly sorry for his sins, and hated them from his heart; that he desired never to sin again, but
wished to be holy and good; that he had prayed to God in the name of Jesus, that his sins might be pardoned, and his heart
changed; he had attended all the means of grace he could hear of, but could derive no peace, and that he felt, unless some
Almighty arm interposed, he must be lost for ever. I directed him once more to go to God his Maker, and
from the bottom of his soul exclaim,
Here Lord I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do,
assuring him, that the moment he submitted entirely to Christ, and resigned everything to
his will, he should receive that peace which passeth all understanding, and rejoice in a hope, unspeakable and full of glory.
I saw him on the Sabbath following, his countenance was bright his manners solemn, his deportment calm and serene.
He approached me with eagerness, and grasping my hand with a warmth and eagerness never before exhibited, told me he
had found the Saviour; that he had spoken peace to his troubled soul, and made him to rejoice in the hope of his salvation.
O! with what joy did I receive this information, gladness filled my soul, and my heart was raised in thankfulness and
praise to redeeming love. Sure I exclaimed “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained
strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” When I had left him, at my previous
interview, he endeavored to follow my advice, retired to the secret of his chamber and, overcome by the sense of his lost
and ruined condition, he cried, ‘What shall I do to be saved?’ he had now done what was required,
given himself up entirely to Christ, and felt, that no one but he could do him good. By the gracious influence
of the Holy Spirit the Saviour was revealed to him, and he was brought to believe. Holy joy was poured
into his soul, and he arose with a consciousness of sins forgiven, and felt that he was Christ’s, and Christ was his.
Thus sir, was the Bible you gave me, combined with other instrumentality, the means of leading this Lamb to the great
Shepherd, and of pointing him from the transitory scenes of earth to the unfading joys and blessedness of Heaven.
He is now united to a church, and is engaged as a Sunday School Teacher, thus striving to lead others to the dear Saviour
he has found.”