Bible Recycle

Bibles Recycled to date: 1,033

Many of us have a spare Bible sitting on a shelf, gathering dust. This is your opportunity to send your spare Bible off on an adventure and give it a new life, much more exciting that sitting on your shelf!

Please honour the people we who will receive these Bibles by only sending Bibles that are in a condition that you would want to use. There is a list of guidelines below to help if you’re unsure. Thank you!

Bibles we can use:

– Modern translations (Good News, NIV, NLT)
– Good condition (spine intact, pages well fastened)
– No (or very little) writing on the pages

Bibles & other books we cannot use:

– Old translations (King James, New English Bible)
– Poor condition (spine missing, loose or missing pages)
– Bibles placed by the Gideons
– Partial Bibles (Pslams & New Testaments, individual gospels etc)
– Bibles with writing on pages
– Bible reading notes/commentaries
– Prayer books
– CDs

How your Bible fits into the bigger picture

Our work is centred in the rural areas of Zambia and Namibia. We are partnering with volunteers in over 600 communities to inspire transformed lives and bring freedom from poverty through relationship with Jesus. Life Groups meeting in each of these communities study the Bible together, help those in need and work for the good of the wider community. You can read more about Life Groups and how we work here.

For many of the people in Life Groups getting hold of Bibles is a real challenge. Whilst Bibles can be bought in the big cities, many are unable to travel to the cities due to the cost of doing so. As part of our work, we want to make Bible’s available to those who previously haven’t been able to get one.

As well as purchasing local language Bibles, we take second-hand English Bibles out to Zambia and Namibia and distribute them through our networks there. Generally we sell the Bibles on at a small and affordable rate to encourage ownership and avoid creating dependency, a mind-set that holds many people back. (For those who genuinely cannot afford to buy a Bible, we do waive the fee). Any money that is raised through the sale of Bibles is immediately invested back into our work within Zambian communities or used to buy local language Bibles.

How to send your Bible

You can deliver or send Bibles directly to our UK office at Dignity, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6TR. Call us on 0161 434 8841 or email if you would like to arrange a time to drop any Bibles off.

Before sending Bibles, please check the list above of what we can and cannot make use of. If you are unsure please email us to check before sending.

I don’t have a spare Bible, but I love this idea

If you don’t have any Bibles but would still like to help supply Bibles to those without, contributions towards our work, which includes the cost of shipping Bibles or buying local language Bibles are always welcome. You can donate online through Total Giving or by post using our Stand with Dignity form.

Download a printable version of this information here.