1800 800 937 Australia | New Zealand

1800 800 937 AU | NZ

Resourcing the under-resourced Church through the provision of God’s Word

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About Us

Bible League Ministry


By providing Bibles, biblical resources, language translations and training, together, your partnership is transforming lives globally by helping them engage with God’s Word, and in ways they understand, so they come to know Jesus.

We achieve this through:

  • Project Philip Bible Studies – planting the Word of God into people’s hearts.
  • Church Planter Training– bringing the Gospel to unchurched areas.
  • Bible-based Literacy– helping break the poverty cycle in developing countries.
  • Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) – the first Bible people receive is one they can understand.
  • Local Ministries – impacting youth, families and churches in Australia and New Zealand.

From underground churches, house churches, and indigenous culture churches gathering under trees, one thing remains true—spiritual transformation is happening across the globe.  Since Bible League started in 1938:

Core Values

  • We believe this ministry belongs to God.
  • We believe integrity is too important to be taken for granted.
  • We believe we are accountable to God and man.
  • We believe the world needs God’s Word more than anything else.
  • We believe in valuing our ministry partners.
  • We believe that all our employees should be valued, respected and encouraged in their personal growth and initiative.
  • We believe that innovation and adaptability are necessary to be efficient and effective.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life and that they are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Church of God in any locality is the company of those, who through the preaching of the Gospel, have responded in repentance and faith to having been chosen by God the Father, redeemed by Christ’s blood, and set apart and gifted for gospel ministry by the Holy Spirit, i.e. to be God’s people under God’s rule in God’s world.

Bible League Australia is a member of:

Registered member of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits CommissionCelebrating 50 years


They’re trapped by ‘karma’– but you can help set them free!

Planting Bibles with eggs

Bible-based Literacy in Zambia

Thailand hungers for the Word of God

Planting Churches in Ghana

Threats to the Gospel in Mozambique

Bible-based Literacy in Nepal


Bible-based Literacy empowering believers

Bible-based Literacy for children in Philippines

Honouring Bible League Australia & New Zealand Founder Gerald Hanscamp

Juliet Taunyane, Bible League Trained Facilitator

Thank you Supporters

Our History

A ridiculous prayer?

“It was in 1936 that I became seriously ill. Douwe Tamminga, an elder in my church, came to visit me at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. He prayed that my life might be spared and that henceforth I would be directed into the service of Christ.”

“This appeared to be a very strange prayer. Why should God be asked to give me health and strength for such a purpose? What could I possibly do for Christ?”

“I came to the conclusion, shortly after Mr. Tamminga left, that this certainly was a ridiculous prayer.”

“But as the hours of the night wore on toward morning, it became increasingly apparent that the elder’s prayer could not easily be forgotten. It was then that my commitment to God was made.”

“If He would restore my health, I would give the strength of my body and mind in any avenue of service to which God would direct.”

These are the words of our founder, William Chapman.

In April 1938, Chapman and his wife purchased 1,000 Bibles in faith and went door-to-door in Walkerton, Indiana. They gave a Bible to anyone in exchange for a promise to read it.

Chapman could not have imagined the impact across the globe today as a result of his humble service. He could not have comprehended that God would use Him to launch a worldwide ministry more than 81 years ago.

Kingdom Impact

Each year, we measure the impact people like you make through your gifts and prayers. Since Bible League Started in 1938:


From underground churches, house churches, and indigenous culture churches gathering under trees, one thing remains true—spiritual transformation is happening across the globe. The great commission ministry of William Chapman that began more than 81 years ago is alive and well today.

Bible League in Australia – 1970’s: The Beginning

Bible League ministry in Australia was commenced to meet a need for low cost, good quality biblical resources for street and prison ministry.

The need for such Scripture resources was first identified by Dr Van Groningen who came as a missionary to Australia with his family in 1958. While pastoring a congregation in Geelong he was always handicapped by the lack of good biblical materials that would be useful in my outreach work.

Dr Van Groningen recalled that “While prayerfully considering the situations I recalled that as pastor in the US I had been involved in the distribution of Bible League literature in Michigan. This led me to decide to write to Mr W. Ackerman, the first President of the World Home Bible League. In a very short time I received an enthusiastic letter from him, assuring me that we could request Bible League literature in Australia.”

In 1970, a shipment arrived containing several sets of “The Bible’s Answer” and the “Greatest is Love” at a cost of just 65 cents each. Overjoyed to have a New Testament at a price that everyone could afford, Rev Hanscamp, who had a strong interest in the ministry of the World Home Bible League immediately placed an ad in the “New Life” newspaper offering the “Greatest is Love” to churches.

Milestones in the History of Bible League in Australia

1962              Partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators

1970              First shipment of Bibles and Scripture resources arrive in Australia

1973              Rev Hanscamp became first full time Bible League worker – General Secretary of the World Home Bible League in Australia

1988             Bicentennial New Testament Project with 1.3 million New Testaments place in homes across Australia

2012             Bible League Australia and BiblesinAction (NZ) merge (1 September)

Our Offices


PO Box 714, Penrith NSW 2751
Phone: +61(0)2 4734 7000 / 1800 800 937
Email: [email protected]



Haldenstraße 28
73614 Schorndorf
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +49 (0)791 85 70 34

New Zealand

PO Box 30 1144 Albany, Auckland 0752
Phone: + 64 (9) 441 9448 / 0800 242 537
Email: [email protected]


United States of America

1 Bible League Plaza Crete, IL 60417
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1866 825 4636


PO Box 567, 3800
AN Amersfoort
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +31 (0)33 472 58 00

Local Ministry Partnerships

Australian Indigenous Ministries
Prison Fellowship

Development Officers

Development Officer Speaker Registration

Bible League Development Officers connect and partner with the local church as well as Bible League friends and supporters.

They are available to share with churches about what God is doing through the global ministry of Bible League. Using biblical resources such as Project Philip (based on Acts 8), Bible-based Literacy (for both children and adults), Church Planter Training and other programs, Bible League is able to impact more than 2 million lives each year. 

Want to hear more about Bible League? Then BOOK for a Development Officer to come and speak in your church – available in: ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA. 

To register your interest for a speaker, please complete details here or call us on 1800 800 937 or email [email protected]

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