Our Heritage


Since 1888 SGM Lifewords has produced Bible resources so that people can freely share God’s Word with others.



First as Scripture Gift Mission and then as SGM Lifewords, we have been helping people to engage with the Bible – and through it, to come to know Jesus for themselves.


Throughout the twentieth century, Scripture Gift Mission published portions and compilations of Scripture, focusing these Bible products for specific target audiences, addressing pertinent life issues, and using contemporary design in order to communicate the Bible to the culture of its day with relevance and meaning. This vision continues to be at the centre of our missional calling today.


The classic literature ministry which first made SGM known continues, and is brought into sharp focus for today’s cultural context through our range of creative Bible booklets, leaflets and digital resources. It is complemented by more extensive programmes for communities in need, such as Pavement Project, an initiative reaching street children around the world, and Choose Life, a values education programme for Kenyan schools.


The world was changing fast in 1888. It hasn’t stopped changing since, but in the midst of it all, some things never change. The words of Scripture that inspired SGM’s founders are as relevant as ever. Our mission is still the same, to speak the Bible’s life words into that changing world, in ways that resonate with people’s everyday lives. And our hope for all our resources and programmes remains the same – that through them, as William Walters put it in 1888, “people will read the captivating story of God’s love” and experience that love for themselves.


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