ThirtyFive2 Bible Ministry
Two years ago, Darrin Flamma was called to go on a Mariners Church faith adventure to Haiti. Through Darrin’s willingness to say “yes” to that call, a new global ministry was birthed with the hope of reaching not just Haiti, but to all 195 countries of the world. Here is the story of ThirtyFive2 in Darrin’s own words.
Psalm 35:2 – Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. – NIV
Why Psalm 35:2? In the summer of 2013 I was asked by a few different people at my church if I was interested in going on a faith adventure to Haiti. The only country other than the U.S. I had ever been to was Mexico, but I had always wanted to travel the world and see God’s beauty. I told them I would pray about it and let them know. I spent a day fasting and praying and seeking God’s guidance on whether this was something he wanted me to do, and I was given Psalm 35:2. I didn’t know what this verse said, but when I opened up my Bible and read it, I knew I was going to Haiti!
While there I was able to visit a church partner of ours and noticed how few of them actually had a Bible of their own to read – less than 10% in fact. I think most of us take for granted having a Bible (or 3 or 4) in our homes to read whenever we want, and I felt a calling to help provide Bibles for the wanting Haitians. That desire has turned into an Outreach Ministry that will not only partner with Haiti but with other countries around the world to provide Bibles to those who so desperately want them. In trying to think of a name for this ministry, I couldn’t think of anything better than the reason behind it, so thirtyfive2.org was born.
We at thirtyfive2, along with the help of our tireless donors, exist to “Provide God’s word to God’s children around the World.”
Darrin’s vision for ThirtyFive2 is to provide Bibles to all 195 countries of the world. He credits his experience with Haiti as making him want to, “get out there in this great big world and make a difference by spreading God’s word.” Already the ministry delivered 264 Bibles to Haiti in 2014 and 1,000 more in 2015. Most recently ThirtyFive2 delivered 200 Bibles to Gulu, Uganda in July 2015.
As one of our ministry partners, we love Darrin’s vision and pray God continues to use his calling to further the Kingdom. For more information on ThirtFive2, go to thirtyfive2.org.