PBS lessons encourage careful reading of the Bible. We want people to discover its truths for themselves. Its message is amazing and so relevant! There is no other agenda. We don’t make money from it either. This is simply our way of ‘Sharing God’s Word with Today’s World’.
We are a part of a worldwide mission to get individuals into God’s Word. It all started with a couple’s care for children who could not go to Sunday School. They began mailing out lessons and Bible Education Services was born.
Pete & Elaine Smith joined these efforts over 30 years ago! They were heavily involved while living in the UK, starting two mailing centres, a camp and other outreaches. Pete was also active on the editorial and content team.
After a visit to Canada in 1998, Pete saw tremendous potential in North America. The first lessons were mailed out the following year. The Smiths left their UK work to another capable couple and moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. They registered as Prairie Bible Services so they could use the PBS acronym here as well.
The lessons were adapted and edited to reflect Canadian language and vocabulary. The correspondence courses grew, catching on with family and friends. Now, some 20 years later, PBS has some 2,000 students across Canada and the USA.
PBS is a non-profit charitable organization. We rely on the Lord to provide what is needed each month to continue operations. As a registered charity, PBS issues tax receipts for all donations received.
Teachers, office help the and board of directors are all volunteers.
Prairie Bible Services offers free, specialized Bible study materials. There are grades for all ages, including adults. The Bibletime Lessons and NewLife Bible Studies work as correspondence courses. Another option is to download them for use in Sunday School, Bible study groups or ESL classes. They also are ideal for homeschooling parents.
The Bibletime lessons are also available in French and Spanish. While the NewLife course is available in Spanish.
Students receive a booklet with four lessons each month. We expect them to return the completed booklet in time for the next mailing. We pass the completed lessons on to the teachers for marking. The marked lessons go back through us to the student. Punctuality, correct answers and neat work earn marks and the opportunity to choose prizes.
Our teachers are volunteers. They represent a wide variety of ages, cultures and backgrounds. Some live in the United States but most live in Canada. They have a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a love for people. Some are personal contacts. Others were referred to us by another team member.