FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, Ontario — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO).
Building on a common desire to make scriptures accessible to those serving on the front lines of peace work in Canada, CBS and FCPO will engage in a distribution project to place a specially created version of the Gospel of John in the hands of peace officers across the country.
The scriptures will be distributed through FCPO chapters across Canada, at special events, and to individual members by FCPO members.
“When we think about our mandate to make scriptures available to everyone and anyone, and in the easiest of places and the toughest of places, this partnership makes perfect sense,” says Don Miller, Director of Canadian Ministry for CBS. “This Gospel of John will be in some very tough places indeed.”
Ron Mostrey, is the President of FCPO and a former RCMP officer. “We are believing that this booklet will lead officers to a greater understanding of the richness of the Bible, and the relevance of the scriptures for their lives.”
“It’s very intentional that the Gospel of John is being used”, adds Mostrey. “Law enforcement officers always seek the truth and look for facts. By reading the Gospel of John, they will be considering an account of someone who was there when Jesus walked on this earth. It is an eyewitness’ account. It’s a great starting point to learn of Jesus’ love, and the peace he brings when one accepts him as Lord.”
Miller notes the prelude in the booklet thanks officers for their service.
According to a 2014 Statistics Canada report, there were 68,896 police officers in Canada. A peace officer, as defined by the Criminal Code, also includes correctional officers, border officers, conservation officers and others serving in similar capacities.
The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-Canada is a unique ministry for those who “serve & protect.” The organization, based in Ottawa, exists to serve peace officers and peace officer families, as well as the communities they serve.
For more than 100 years, the Canadian Bible Society has promoted Bible translation, publication, distribution and engagement. It distributes Scripture resources in more than 100 languages in Canada and together with 146 national Bible Societies worldwide, distributes hundreds of millions of Christian Scripture portions each year.