Barbara Fish: Championing a truly local gem

SU’s Closer to God daily Bible-reading guide for adults has been a flagship Bible Engagement tool over many years. Initially using UK writers, closer to God is now a fully home-grown, southern African success story that speaks to our African issues in a unique way. The production of the 2018 edition has Barbara Fish firmly at the helm. With her years of linguistic and theological experience coming into play, Barbara is currently editing the writing of some 20 volunteer writers from across southern Africa who generously give of their time and expertise to this project forming its backbone and helping define its character. One of the new writers joining the team is Derek Fish (son) who is covering the weeks around Easter and a themed week on young people and education issues, given his involvement professionally in this vital arena in Richards Bay. Barbara loves being part of the SU team in this way! Closer to God will include some key changes in the 2018 edition, including:

  • Indexing of scripture passages used (thanks for the suggestion, Lucy Centlivres);
  • Reverting to vertical columns per day;
  • Introduction of a 6th day of writing and a 7th day of summing up and questions that can be used in a group format around the week’s readings;
  • And reducing the number of “Stories of Hope”

Thank you to our loyal users of Closer to God: we value your faithfulness and commitment to meeting God daily in His word. Why don’t we all invite a new friend to join us in using Closer to God? A real ministry opportunity exists in this regard in the latter half of 2017 and do watch out for the new 2018 edition in months to come and bless someone who God brings along your path.

Alan Pitt
SU Ops Director

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