I really wanted to help students read the bible, not only on a daily basis, but also in such a way that they read it book by book. Together with the students, I discussed about how we could do this. It was hard to find a way. Many things did not work:
- We thought that each one of us would read the bible on their own and then once a month we would discuss what we had read. That did not work because a lot of us did not find the time to read.
- We tried to meet together to read a bible passage and discuss it. That did not work because we were reading isolated passages and it was difficult to see a connection between them.
- We had problems finding a time for the group to meet together.
- We found it hard to decide how we would do the reading with so many reading plans around.
In the end, we decided to read through the whole bible in three months. We helped each other by meeting twice a week to read and discuss together. We discovered that it was best to meet at 6:00 in the morning. Since we did not have a place to meet, we met in a bar café. This was really good because it gave us the opportunity to speak about what we were doing with the waiter, bar manager, and other staff members.
It was a difficult experience because towards the end we struggled with our readings. If we missed a day, we had to read double as much the next day. Now, the three months are over: one of us finished on time and three of us finished two weeks later.
We are really happy with what we did. So, we decided to read through the bible another two times this year – once in six months and once in three months.
We have started to pray for October 2012 because our desire is that each of us can get involved with three other people to read the bible next year.
Was it a worthwhile experience? It was one of the best experiences in my Christian life: the joy of reading together, studying together, discussing together and starting the day with God is an experience that I would never trade for anything else. It is not over. I’m looking forward to doing it with another group and seeing how the students will do with their new groups.
The question is: Reading the bible? How can we help students to do it? My experience and answer to this is: READ IT WITH THEM.
Juljan Muhameti, staff worker BSKSH (IFES Albania)
juljan.muhameti (at) gmail.com