In 1800, a 15-year-old Welsh girl, Mary Jones, completed a marathon walk over the mountains to purchase a Bible, which was to become her most treasured possession. A weaver’s daughter from a poor community, Mary lost her father to asthma when she was young and living with her mother in the hamlet of Llanfihangel-y-pennant.
Bibles, especially in Welsh, were hard to come by in those days. Mary became a Christian at eight and saved up for six years, carrying out various errands like sewing garments and selling eggs – before she finally had enough to buy her own copy of the Bible. Then she set off barefoot on a 26-mile trek over mountain tracks to the town of Bala, where she knocked on the door of Rev Thomas Charles to buy one.
Rev. Charles was so moved by her efforts that he and others were determined to make the Bible available to everyone at an affordable price – not only in Welsh, but in every language. This led to the founding of the British and Foreign Bible Society, now known simply as Bible Society, which has since published millions of Bibles in hundreds of languages, and has branches all over the world.
Mary’s epic journey has helped to bring God’s light – and salvation – to every corner of the globe, and has given new meaning to the ancient Scripture: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Who knows but that the eternal fruit of Mary’s marathon may have partly contributed to what the Book of Revelation describes as “a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7.9)
--from an online article by Charles Gardner in Israel Today.