Increased eagerness to study the Scriptures
Reports of an increase in the number of Bible study groups, as a result of widespread Bible distribution, reached the Bible Society. During the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Bible Society, Rev. W.H. Fonger reported to the membership that since its formal beginnings in 1899, the Society has already distributed a combined total of 4,294,478 copies of the Bible and the New Testament. In 1984 alone, 25,810 copies of the Bible were distributed, the largest in its history at the time.