Purpose of the Open Bible Project
To make Bibles openly available to every person in Cambodia who needs the comfort and joy that is in the Word of God.
To remember Margaret Holz. A devoted Christian, mother, and grandmother.
In Cambodia it is common for Bibles to be put away in the church and only brought out for classes and worship. They are then locked away so as to protect them. Pastors frequently worry about them getting worn out and not looking nice. They want the Bibles to look beautiful in the event that their boss or whoever donated the money to purchase the Bible may come and see it in disrepair. Whole boxes of Bibles have in the past been purchased and then left in the packaging for years to preserve the Bibles. Or Bibles are stored away in separate rooms or in closed cabinets. Church goers who don’t own their own Bible cannot take them out to study them at any time.
These pastors are burying their talents. It is a frame of mind that we need to change.
The Word of God needs to be freely available to anyone and everyone and in their own language!
Christ’s words of hope, love, and comfort should be openly available to all who seek Him!
Through the Open Bible Project we are working to put as many Bibles into churches as possible, get those Bibles out in the open for all to see and use, and get them into the hands of individuals who need God’s grace and love.
Please prayerfully consider contributing to this project so that the Word of God can be made available and known to everyone in Cambodia!
How We Will Use Your Contribution
How Much Does it Cost?
One Khmer Bible costs $6
A Bible cover will cost $4
With your contributions our goal is to make the Word of God widely known across all of Cambodia.
We will purchase Bibles for the children we minister to and for any who need it. The cover will help to protect the individual Bibles we distribute to children, youth, and families.
We will seek to provide Bibles to churches that need them for worship and study. A single case of Bibles typically contains up to a dozen Bibles. When funds are available and our ministry partners have need of new Bibles we want to make sure the Bibles are ready to share with them.
We will make Bibles affordable to those who want them, but cannot afford them. Other churches and local ministries may need Bibles but might lack adequate funds. Through the open Bible project we will help to subsidize the purchase of larger quantities of Bibles so that Bibles may be made readily available through more churches than just the few we may regularly partner with.
A Letter from Gregory Holz
Gregory Holz is the founder of Crossing Cambodia. He has been working as a missionary in Cambodia since January of 2007.
My grandmother had quite a life.
She was born on December 17, 1913 in St. Louis, MO. As a baby she was baptized and the Holy Spirit filled her and would never leave her throughout her life. During the Great Depression her father put her through college to become one of the first women ever to graduate from the University of Missouri with a bachelor degree in business.
She was married to a Lutheran minister named Frederick Holz and lived with him in Pennsylvania where she gave birth to 3 boys; Arthur, Richard, and John. However, in 1947 Frederick Holz died when my father was only 3 years old and Grandma was left to care for the boys all on her own.
She returned to St. Louis and because of financial difficulties she gave up John to be adopted and raised by her sister while she continued to raise Arthur and Richard on her own in the 50s and 60s.
Later, her first ever grandchildren, twin boys, died at birth and her daughter-in-law would later be claimed by cancer. Beginning in the 90s her brothers and sisters and cousins began to succumb to old age. However, despite all that had happened up to this point she kept on going and continued to be a faithful servant of the Lord. She moved to Colorado to be near our family and was an almost daily fixture in the lives of my siblings and I. We stayed at her home where she made us cinnamon toast and we played with old toys from the 50s. And she was constantly involved with church. Until she could physically no longer do it, she was volunteering in the church office to prepare worship bulletins, direct the seniors group at church, and even collect mite boxes for missions. She was always telling us about our deep history and was proud of our family heritage in the Lutheran church. Our family have been proud Lutherans for as long as Lutherans have existed. And when I went to college I never had to worry about books because Grandma had it covered.
In 2001 she suffered the loss of her first son Arthur to a heart attack and within a few more years her last sibling passed away. After this she yearned for God to take her home. Yet despite these losses and her desire to be with the Lord, her faith never waivered Throughout her whole life her faith in Christ comforted her and kept her going. Even while living in assisted living she tried to talk to and pray for all her friends she would make. She continued to share God’s love to those around her.
Finally on April 24, 2011, on Easter Day, Grandma finally went to be with the Lord and all her family. She was 97. She probably appreciates that she could praise God and thank Him for her salvation shortly before she got to go meet Him. Grandma was an extremely devout Christian whose faith never seemed to waiver and who proudly encouraged me to do the work I am doing as a missionary.
So in memory of my grandmother I am working to try and get as many Bibles as possible for the churches in Cambodia. The Word of God which gave her so much comfort throughout so many years, many of them filled with personal tragedy, kept her strong. Just as we read in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10…
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s grace covered her and in her weakest moments He made her strong. Grandma would have wanted everyone to be able to share in God’s wonderful grace which strengthens us in our weaknesses and in our struggles.
Please help us to purchase as many Bibles as possible for Cambodia so that the amazing Word of God can bring comfort to this nation, just as it did for my grandmother! Let us make the Word of God known to as many people as we can in the Kingdom of Cambodia!
Thank you and God’s blessings.
Sincerely in Christ,