Scripture Union is an inter-denominational, interchurch, interethnic, interracial Bible Reading Movement active in over 135 countries of the world 44 of which are in Africa with 6000 SU groups in Southern Sub Region(SADC), SU Zimbabwe has 3000 SU groups.
Scripture Union was formed on the 2nd of June 1867 under the name Children Special Service Mission (CSSM) in London by Josiah Spiers. The establishment slowly developed from Josiah Spiers’ experiences with children on the beach at Llandadno in Wales where he decided tell children from other camping facilities biblical stories. The experience convinced him that children could hear and understand the word of God. With his walking stick he wrote “God is love” on the beach asked children to put pebbles where he had written with his stick and became written in stone.
Scripture Union came to Zimbabwe through Scripture Union South Africa in the 1930s. An SU worker in the Transvaal called Paul Reed used to make sporadic visits to Zimbabwe by train from Transvaal visiting schools and encouraging local Christians to be involved in the work. In 1945 a local chapter was started and local office opened 10 years later with Elizabeth Semple as a full-time staff worker. She was later joined by Tony Hartow from U.K. which caused the movement increase its capacity and visibility in schools in a very big way.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful truths in your law.”