"I am a public defender who represents indigent clients who are charged with committing crimes in California. I am currently assigned to the prison unit, and I pass the booklets out to prisoners. The prisoners need them. I'm so thankful to have learned about your organization through a YouTube video."
In recent months, WMP has shipped more than three million Scripture booklets, Bible studies, and Kreyol New Testaments to Haiti. Another shipment awaits delivery as calls for Scriptures continue—as Haiti is in crisis with the assassination of their president in July and another major earthquake in August.
A WMP distributor tells of a witch doctor in a village where past attempts to establish a fellowship of Christians had failed. As they moved into the area to start a church, the witch doctor’s wife started attending. She soon responded to the salvation message, followed by his daughter, then the son-in-law. Each time, the witch doctor would get angry. When the team saw wells not working, they chose to repair the well beside the witch doctor’s house! The witch doctor thanked God and publicly acknowledged God’s goodness! The team is praying that God will save him soon and also remove voodoo from the village. “When God comes into an area, evil has to flee.”
"I am a missionary pastor. My husband and I set out to preach using a loudspeaker throughout the streets in the Cardenista neighborhood, handing out Scripture booklets to all who allowed us to approach them. At some point, a woman allowed us to speak to her about the plan of salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We gave her the WMP Scripture booklet “Praise the Lord”, and we explained to her why we should praise the Lord. She told us that her husband abandoned her and her small children, which frustrated her greatly. What little she had been taught about God was not enough for her to retain her faith. She recognized that moving away from God was the worst error in her life and asked God for forgiveness. After talking and sharing words of hope for her life, she called her daughter over to listen. They both received Christ in their hearts as their Savior. We continue sharing the Word and praying together with them. With Christ in her heart, she now feels peace, hope, and a great desire to live as much as God allows, walking and trusting only in Him."
-Abigail M., Mexico
"Thank you so graciously for always sending your Datebook. Every year in the front of the book, I always write down prayers for the coming year. My old issues are like time capsules. I go back, see where I was then, and remember certain dates, etc. I always read the verses for each day. May I ask to receive a couple of your booklets? (HFA, POG, PSA, ACH). I like to read them, maybe do some studies in them, and remember especially Alive in Christ so I can freshen up on speaking to both believers and non-believers. Thank you very much for your dedicated service to evangelize the lost and help those in prison and beyond to know the love of God for them."
-David, Texas, U.S.A.
A WMP ministry partner in Africa is focused on reaching unengaged, unreached people groups in at least 13 countries. They trek into villages still steeped in animism, ancestor worship, fetishes, and witchcraft, and share the gospel, first to a few and then to more as curiosity and spiritual hunger draw people to the message. Those who accept the message and receive Jesus as Savior are discipled and encouraged to reach others. Here is a critical need for the Word of God—to build a firm foundation in each new believer so that they can in turn give a clear, strong message.
In one area there are church plants to the 7th generation. A church planted by the original team planted another which planted another—to the 7th church plant. The vision of this ministry is that through the principles of multiplication, they will see 100,000 new churches established in the coming five years!
Much of the area being reached by this group and other WMP partners in Africa is French-speaking. To help meet the overwhelming cry for Scriptures to disciple and train new believers and encourage pastors, World Missionary Press provides limited quantities of New Testaments in French. Requests are overwhelming. Thousands each for Guinea, Cameroon, Togo, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina-Faso, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin, and Rwanda. Touching messages, like this one from Cameroon, come to us in some form from each country: “There is also a very high demand for New Testaments in our country, and we are a little bit worried that the number of New Testaments we received [from WMP] will fail to overcome the perceived need.”
Mr. Gilbert S. said that he is grateful to God for sending His disciples to their village because no servant of God had ever reached their home before. He says, ‘I believe in Jesus. I leave the customs behind and thank the Lord for His grace given to me.’
A young man declared that he had never believed that the Word of God had the power to change lives. Many people who were attached to and bound by traditional customs were touched by the Word of God since the arrival of the missionaries in the village and do not worry about that anymore but rather come to listen to the Word of God. Therefore, he has also decided to receive Jesus into his life.
Emlan was born into a Muslim family and taught the way of Islam. He learned that Jesus was a prophet but not the Son of God. When someone gave him a How to Know God Scripture booklet, he became confused but interested to find out more fully about Jesus. It was a turning point for Emlan to learn that Jesus rose from the dead to give us Life! “None of the other prophets lived to give Life to others,” he said. Emlan gave his life to Christ.
The growing African population will undoubtedly lead to a growing worldwide influence for African churches. Even now, “sending” churches effectively take the gospel into Europe, US, Asia, and Latin America. Such a growing influence must have a strong foundation in the Word of Truth. Many African pastors and missions continue to look to WMP for the pure Word of God found in the topical Scripture booklets as well as the Bible Study on John. A partnership with Feed the Hungry in Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Burundi has put The Way to God booklet and the Bible Study on John into the hands of thousands. Pastors are encouraged. Lives are changed.
From Lesotho came this testimony: “I grew up in a Christian family but without a relationship with Christ. I was visited in my house by a team carrying Scripture booklets. They shared Jesus Christ’s message with us. Then they gave us those clear and simple small booklets. That’s where I gave my life to Jesus. Now I am born again after understanding the love of Jesus.”
Faithful distributors are sharing Scripture booklets in refugee camps in Kenya, Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria, and troubled nations such as Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Mali. Orders to be completed account for almost 52 million Scripture booklet equivalency.
The majority of WMP booklets are sent overseas, however we still supply hundreds of individuals and churches in the USA and Canada with literature to reach their families and communities. Chaplains rely on the free material for the thousands who pass through their facilities. Church outreach ministries, Bible studies, and various other activities include Scripture booklets as a lasting voice in homes and hearts. Ethnic groups are reached with booklets in their heart language. Elderly people who are no longer as active still request booklets, sometimes just in small quantities, to share with family or those they meet.
“I have been traveling over the United States as an inner-city missionary and pastor. I wanted to reassure you that what you are doing is incredible. I am a strong believer in using your booklets. I’ve been passing them out and getting the community and households involved. Even the kids love doing it! Thank you for providing these Scripture booklets throughout the past years. Keep on going. God definitely blesses this program. Thank you for being there to provide Scripture booklets so I can put the gospel in someone’s hand. You are making a difference.” —M.E., USA
The combination of a viral pandemic, restricting activity and straining resources, with natural disasters has not only brought suffering to millions of people, it has also awakened many churches as to how to meet the overwhelming needs. God has revealed new avenues of service, ways to reach into villages long shut to the gospel, and how to demonstrate His love in practical ways. A testimony from a WMP partner ministry working in Nicaragua is representative of many such reports:
“All around there are many needs. Sometimes we feel powerless because we cannot respond to every need. However, we cannot sit still. We are to pray for others, but we must also take action. I got permission to go into the hospital, with some restrictions. While we were ministering, people were asking for prayer and even those just passing by on the street stopped. There were tears on their faces and we heard some say how much they needed this. About 20 taxi drivers stopped to request prayer and listen to the message. We saw 20 people receive Jesus there!” —K., Nicaragua
When Paraguay locked down much of the country in response to the viral pandemic, a WMP distributor went to every prison that would allow him to enter, taking Scripture booklets and sharing the gospel. He carried the same message to those in the new COVID-19 recovery centers.
With new opportunities to share the Word and hungry hearts looking for hope, requests for WMP Scripture booklets have increased. New container shipments are needed to keep supplies moving. Orders already received here and awaiting production and shipping total almost 40 million equivalency for 14 countries of Latin America, following up on the 26.8 million sent in the past year.
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