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Freedom behind bars

Prison ministry South-Africa

The prison ministry in South Africa is led by a former police officer / former criminal Freek Vermaak, who accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord in prison. That radically changed his life and he decided to proclaim "freedom in the Lord Jesus." to prisoners. Freek has been doing this for 18 years and experiences a growing interest from the prisoners. Since early 2019 the government allows the City Bibles to leave some bibles for prisoners to pick up. That turned out to have a great impact. Even the guards ask for a City Bible. There is a need for around 200,000 personalized City Bibles: "Freedom behind bars".

''Even the guards ask for a City Bible''

What is City Bibles

City Bibles, started in 2009, is convinced that only the Gospel can save lives in this dark world. The most effective instrument for this is mentioned in the Bible: Isaiah 55: 11"..The Word of God never returns empty". The New Testament contains all the information on how one can get to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. That is why City Bibles prints modern looking New Testaments bibles and distributes them worldwide. People can personalize their City Bibles by a customizable cover. Furthermore, each New Testament bible contains a brief introduction on how to reconcile with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

City Bibles is independent of every denomination and is based on the Word of God. With its New Testament bibles, City Bibles aims to reach inaccessible groups. Ever increasing migration of individuals and even entire population groups, make these groups hard to access. Migrants are often more open to the Gospel, since they no longer are under their prior social control. These opportunities are unique and City Bibles wants to take cease these opportunities.

More than 2.5 million City Bibles have been printed and distributed worldwide in more than 40 languages. The number of titles is now around 700.


The vision is to print and distribute a New Testament in every language (including an introduction on how one can get to know God). The New Testaments are only printed in the highest quality (29 gsm paper with linen spine). The City Bible is always provided with a full color cover, whether personalized or not. City Bibles targets all people with a special focus on migrants. The City Bibles must be available for free or at cost price.


City Bibles distributes the New Testaments in cooperation with the local church, the local mission organization and the local believer. In every country, every City Bible must be available in every language for free or at cost price. This not only reaches people who do not know God, but also encourages the local church and the local believer to evangelize.


City Bibles works through a growing network of churches, organizations and missionaries. City Bibles has now established a network of 12 partners worldwide from which City Bibles are distributed on 5 continents. City Bibles also uses a website and a webshop. City Bibles works with local projects that are carried out in collaboration with organizations all over the world.


The world is changing and new generations need a new approach. That is why City Bibles has developed an Interactive Bible in which one can read, listen and see the Gospel. All this via the free City Bible app. Our partners in this project are YouVersion, Faith Comes By Hearing, Bible Project and Superbook.


An increasing number of people have never heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Especially young generations in the West. It is our responsibility to pass on the Good Message of the Gospel to them. In recent years we have heard many stories of lives that have been saved, but the real impact of God's Word is only known to God!