Scripture Union Burundi has been GLO’s main partner since GLO began in 2003, sharing the Good News with over 75,000 men, women and children every year. Right through the civil war, members of both main ethnic groups worked tirelessly alongside one another for Scripture Union (SU), modelling unity despite the dangers. Now 40 years old, Scripture Union Burundi is held in very high esteem nationally. Many key leaders in different spheres of society, from the police to the army and education, became Christians through Scripture Union Burundi’s youth camps as youngsters.
Scripture Union achieves its goals through its four specialised ministry areas: Children, Youth, Families and Bible Ministry.
As well as providing the nation’s daily Bible-reading notes and children’s resources, it has created a vast network of hundreds of Bible clubs in secondary schools across the country, by training up volunteers in teaching the Word of God to children and young people. These clubs are hugely popular and help pupils to connect with one another and make friends as well as find real faith in Jesus.
Scripture Union also reaches out to families, strengthening marriages through seminars, and providing teaching materials.
Youth ministry is a major focus, with film outreaches and youth camps helping thousands of young people to grow in their Christian faith or discover Jesus Christ for the first time.
Scripture Union asked GLO back in 2007 to help build a conference centre as a social enterprise. That is how the King’s Conference Centre (KCC) started. SU is in the process of extending KCC so that it can accommodate larger conference groups. When KCC makes a surplus, it helps fund Scripture Union Burundi, so that it is sustainable.