Bibles for the World

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Bibles For The World is a catalyst for individual and cultural change through Christ and the power of His Word!

We share the Good News of God's love in Christ Jesus by ministering to unreached peoples, to the Church, and to Christian leaders in developing nations.

Bibles For The World works in areas where there is restricted access to God's Word, where copies are scarce or among peoples where Christianity is beginning to take root - such as Nepal, Cambodia, areas of India and other Asian and SE Asian nations. We often provide copies of the New Testament or Gospels of John.

We provide the precious gift of Christ-centered education to young people in India through Bibles For The World's "Partner Parents" program.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bibles for the World
PO Box 49759
Colorado Springs, CO 80949


Phone: (888) 382-4253

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362434228

CEO/President: John Pudaite

Chairman: Louis Pope

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. Rochunga and Mawii Pudaite

Ruling year: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


While the Bible remains the most popular, most read book across the globe, more than 2 billion people have never had a chance to read God's Word. That's why BFTW works to provide Scriptures in regions where there is little or no access to the Bible.

Mission statement

Bibles For The World is a catalyst for individual and cultural change through Christ and the power of His Word! This means sharing the Good News of God's love in Christ Jesus by ministering to unreached peoples, to the Church and to Christian leaders in developing nations.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God, being given by the Holy Spirit of God to holy men of old. It is, therefore, the only and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His works of miracles, in His vicarious and redeeming death, in His cleansing blood shed on Calvary, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father and in His personal and visible return in power and glory.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who by means of the Word of God, is the Author of the new birth, the Comforter, and the Sanctifier; and He indwells the believer.

We believe that humans were created in the image of God, that they fell into sin, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings, in consequence of the Fall, are born with sinful nature.

We believe in the necessity of the new birth by the Holy Spirit in order that people may have peace with God, and this new birth cannot be received by being born into a Christian home or by association with believers. Rather, it is attained by putting one's entire confidence in the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and in the power of His resurrection.

We believe in the resurrection of the body, both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in Christ, and the eternal punishment of those who have rejected the offer of Salvation.

We believe that the commission of Christ to be witnesses of His life, death and resurrection and eternal life through His name is the task of every born-again Christian.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1051 of 111358 of 61
Fund acquisition rating1102 of 111460 of 61
Resource allocation rating1031 of 111455 of 61
Asset utilization rating641 of 111336 of 61

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$22,855$161,352$31,511$55,474$49,473
Short-term investments$1,204,329$1,158,854$1,244,866$814,486$660,007
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,370,275$1,619,512$1,977,821$1,197,559$827,834
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$700,395
Fixed assets$1,332,485$1,360,286$805,610$813,620$848,720
Other long-term assets$1,258,660$1,388,039$719,659$714,419$99,649
Total long-term assets$2,591,145$2,748,325$1,525,269$1,528,039$1,648,764
Total assets$3,961,420$4,367,837$3,503,090$2,725,598$2,476,598
Payables and accrued expenses$65,024$41,239$28,820$17,916$12,825
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$65,024$41,239$28,820$17,916$12,825
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$14,214$12,287$13,469$11,537$10,642
Total long-term liabilities$14,214$12,287$13,469$135,737$10,642
Total liabilities$79,238$53,526$42,289$153,653$23,467
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$2,724,698$2,771,835$2,052,230$1,312,479$1,058,840
With donor restrictions$1,157,484$1,542,476$1,408,571$1,259,466$1,394,291
Net assets$3,882,182$4,314,311$3,460,801$2,571,945$2,453,131
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,023,800$2,919,597$3,263,247$2,576,836$2,343,912
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$123,023$1,208,148$78,332$87,074$68,147
Other revenue$34,760$20,524$6,909$119,152($370,990)
Total other revenue$157,783$1,228,672$85,241$206,226($302,843)
Total revenue$3,181,583$4,148,269$3,348,488$2,783,062$2,041,069
Program services$2,561,381$2,201,155$2,133,965$2,138,383$1,981,219
Management and general$280,749$284,322$259,515$144,003$204,047
Total expenses$3,636,503$3,011,785$2,845,184$2,675,982$2,487,157
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($454,920)$1,136,484$503,304$107,080($446,088)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($454,920)$1,136,484$503,304$107,080($446,088)


John PudaitePresident/CEO and Secretary$98,518
Lawm PudaiteDirector$51,224
Mawii PudaiteDirector Emerita$35,979

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/30/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


When the Gospel first came to the Hmar tribe in 1910, one of the first converts was a young man by the name of Chawnga (See Headhunters to Hearthunters). As more and more of the tribal people became Christians, he saw the need for the Scriptures in their native language. Chawnga prayed that someday he would have a son who would learn to read and write so that he could translate the Bible into the Hmar language.

Chawnga had four sons. One was named Rochunga. As Ro grew older, he knew that God wanted him to go to school. At ten years old, despite teasing from his friends, Ro became the first boy from his village to go to school. It was a long, dangerous trip. Ninety-six mile through a jungle of tigers, elephants, bears, and man-eating python snakes.

Six days later, Ro arrived safely in the village of Churachandpur and started school. He later went continued his schooling in England, and then did his graduate work at Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois.

During his time in school, Ro worked hard on translating the Bible into his native language. Finally the job was done. He wrapped up the precious manuscript, mailed it to the printer, and at long last, the Bible arrived in Northeast India. There was much joy and excitement as Chawnga and others dedicated the book that had changed their people from Headhunters to Hearthunters!

During his years in college, Ro had met and was communicating with a young lady back in Northeast India. Her name was Lalrimawii, which means the name of the Lord is a beautiful sound. When his work in translating the Bible was finished, Ro went back to India and asked Mawii to be his wife.

After all the work in translating the Bible, Ro and his new wife, Mawii, thought that the work God had for them was finished. Little did they know that it had just begun. Ro was asked to head the Indo-Burma Pioneer Mission, which was later incorporated as the Partnership Mission Society in 1958 for the purpose of spreading God's love throughout India.

Even though the Hmar people now had the Bible in their own language, many of them could not read. Ro and Mawii started many village schools, high school, a college, and even a seminary for their people. Today the original school and now the largest of all the schools, located in Churachandpur, has over 1,800 students. Perhaps most amazingly of all, the Hmar people now have one of the highest literacy rates of any people group in all of India!

God also led Ro and Mawii to start churches throughout Northeast India. Over three hundred churches are now a part of the Evangelical Free Church of India, the denomination that they founded.

After seeing the tremendous impact the Word of God had on their tribe, Ro and Mawii shared a vision to provide God's Word throughout the world through phone books and the postal system. Partnership Mission Society became Bibles For The World in 1971. Through Bibles For The World, millions of Bibles were mailed to over one hundred countries.

Dr. Ro and Mawii's story has been chronicled in a major motion picture called Beyond The Next Mountain and in Dr. Ro's biography, Fire On The Hills. Both are available through Bibles For The World.

Due to rising costs, the model for distribution of God's Word had to change. Today Bibles For The World is involved in many Scripture distribution projects around the world, mostly in collaboration with other ministries that provide the distribution channels where Bibles are scarce or unavailable. These projects range in size from a few hundred copies of Scriptures to hundreds of thousands that reach significant numbers of people within a very short time period.

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