British and Foreign Bible Society: United Bible Societies

British and Foreign Bible Society

United Bible Societies

In 1946, the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) met with 13 Bible Societies and agreed that Bible Societies all around the world would be stronger if they worked together. The BFBS became a founding member of the United Bible Societies.

The BFBS ran the society from an office in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Mr. T. Percival Bevan was the first Secretary (1939-1955) for Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He was followed by Rev. Maynard W. Booth as the second Secretary and Consultant (1955-1965) for Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Although details during this period are sketchy, it appears that during the early years of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland, the BFBS intended to send workers from Salisbury into the neighbouring countries of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

However, with the break-up of the Federation in 1964 and independence of Northern Rhodesia (becoming Zambia), Nyasaland (becoming Malawi), and Southern Rhodesia declaring Unilateral Independence, the activities of the BFBS seem to have stopped and were taken up locally.

The BFBS is now referred to as the Bible Society.

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