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30  August  2013   NZDF  WATERPROOF  BIBLE  –  MILITARY  WORLD  FIRST   A  chance  find  in  a  Wellington  bargain  bin  has  led  to  a  military  world  first  for  the  New  Zealand  Defence  Force.   Chaplain  Class  One  (CHCL1)  Lance  Lukin  was  sifting  through  the  bargain  bin  about  18  months  ago  when  he  came  across  a  waterproof  bible.   “I  saw  it  and  immediately  thought  ‘how  cool  is  that’  and  wondered  how  it  could  be  adapted  into  an  NZDF  resource  specifically  for  new  recruits,”  he  said.   CHCL1  Lukin  emailed  American  publisher  Bardin  &  Marsee  who  agreed  to  design  a  purpose-­made  Bible  for  NZDF  personnel.   Eighteen  months  on  and  the  Principal  Defence  Chaplain  holds  a  copy  of  the  purpose-­made  NZDF  waterproof  Bible,  personally  endorsed  by  world  renowned  o   “I  contacted  [Grylls]  through  his  agent  and  he  came  back  and  said  ‘yes,  he  would  love  to  do  it’,  and  I  really  think  it  adds  something  pretty  special  to  a  unique  pu   Grylls,  a  former  Territorial  Army  solider  who  served  as  a  reservist  with  the  Artists  Rifles  21  Regiment,  21  SAS,  speaks  openly  about  his  Christian  faith  which  he   The  endorsement  from  Grylls  is  printed  on  each  of  the  5000  copies  printed  for  the  NZDF  which  is  based  on  the  original  waterproof  Bible  that  had  been  designe   “It  just  seemed  like  the  perfect  solution  for  NZDF  personnel  heading  into  the  field,”  he  said   To  demonstrate  its  unique  qualities,  CHCL1  Lukin  submerged  the  pocket  sized  publication  into  a  sink  of  water  then  proudly  rescued  the  read,  wiping  the  cover money.   As  well  as  being  waterproof  the  Bibles  are  also  durable  and  designed  to  stand  up  to  the  rigours  of  wear  and  tear  in  the  field,  unlike  the  paper  versions  which  ar   CHCL1  Lukin  is  confident  the  waterproof  Bibles  are  a  military  world  first  -­  certainly  none  of  the  delegates  at  the  International  Military  Chief  of  Chaplains  Confere   The  Bibles  cost  $15  each  to  produce  with  the  total  cost  of  $32,000  covered  by  private  donations  from  church  groups,  the  New  Zealand  Bible  Society  and  perso   “Not  a  scrap  of  Government  money  has  been  paid  out  for  the  Bibles  and  it  is  my  hope  that  I  can  attract  further  donations  for  a  similar  version  to  distribute  to  the  Y   The  act  of  presenting  military  personnel  with  Bibles  harks  back  to  WWI  when  personnel  were  presented  with  the  keepsakes  by  King  George  V.   Even  today  CHCL1  Lukin  said  he  would  easily  distribute  around  5000  Bibles  in  a  two  year  period.  When  pressed  on  the  Bible’s  significance  and  popularity  he with  reassurance  and  strength.”   ENDS   Photo  captions:   0001:  Principal  Defence  Force  Chaplain,  Lance  Lukin  with  the  new  waterproof  bible.   0004:  The  new  NZDF  waterproof  bible.