For 30 years World Missionary Press has partnered with West Africa Theological Seminary in sharing the Word of God with the people of Nigeria. Strategically located in Lagos, they have received the equivalent of 30.9 million WMP booklets in 38 languages to meet the many requests from all over this most populous nation in Africa.
WMP: What is the ministry and vision of West African Theological Seminary?
WATS: Day after day, we are vigilantly carrying on one of the most crucial tasks imaginable for the Church in Africa--faithful, in-depth training of Christian leaders to carry the gospel to the lost.
WMP: How has WMP literature helped you meet this challenge to evangelize and train?
WATS: We greatly appreciate your effort and the good work of WMP to send the precious Word of God to us in Nigeria for propagating the gospel to the unreached. The distribution of the booklets has gone far and wide throughout Nigeria. The demand is high and [the WMP literature is] greatly appreciated. One 40-foot container (2 million booklets) is not enough for a year.
WMP: Can you share testimonies of the effectiveness of the Scripture booklets?
WATS: A woman who was about to commit suicide was given a Scripture booklet that made her see herself as in a mirror. The message changed her life, saving her from dying without Christ. God also saved her marriage from divorce. She is now an evangelist herself, sharing the booklets in hospitals, police stations, and villages. Many have repented and been followed up with Bibles, given food items, and assigned to different churches.
WMP: How does having free booklets encourage the local evangelists?
WATS: One evangelist reported that when he received booklets for the first time, he began to preach, and many people received Christ through the booklets. Many also came to Christ in his place of work as a policeman. He shared the booklets with his friends in evangelism and they are using them to preach, with the same positive results. He says, “The booklets really make the work of evangelism easy for me because I use them to preach.” At a crusade in Kadura State, 86 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. At another crusade, 53 new converts came to the Lord using the booklets. A booklet was shared with a man from Saudi Arabia who lived in Jos. He accepted Jesus, and when his parent came to Jos to see the one who had led his son to Christ, he became convinced and told his son to follow his heart.
WATS: This testimony came from a ministry in Lagos that uses WMP Scripture booklets not only in one-on-one evangelism but also for evangelism in markets, banks, among the police and in prisons, hotels, fuel stations, schools, for film-showing crusades and feeding programs, as well as supporting surrounding churches and members outside their state. “We appreciate your support through the booklets in different languages that have won many souls to the kingdom of Christ. Lots of people have given their life to Christ and have the knowledge of God through reading the booklets. The booklets have brought great light to the world by increasing the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many gave their life without being preached to. The booklet on its own is a ministration that many read and surrender to Christ.”
[A new container shipment is on its way to Nigeria, with another set for production later in the year. The need is great. Laborers are ready and waiting for the Scripture booklets that will tell the story of God’s love and redemption.]
"I give these booklets out every day. My church does door-to-door soul-winning and I also manage an RV park, so every customer that comes in receives a booklet in their statements. I give them out at restaurants, stores, and whenever the opportunity arises. These booklets are the best!"
-Joyce P., U.S.A.
Here's a short list of ideas:
-You can Share about WMP and give regular updates at your church with the leader’s permission. This can be done through the spoken word, a display table, our promotional literature, and various forms of audio-visual technology.
-You can share about us through organic conversation with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just be you! So many people have never heard of us, and this sort of engagement can actually be the most effective. You can also use your mobile device to share from our APP, wmpress.org or wmpambassadors.org.
-Social Media Engagement is Powerful!
Sharing, Liking, Commenting, & Tagging can go a long way!
-Set Up and Maintain a Business Display in your Church’s foyer
or at local businesses, with permission.
-Set Up a Booth at a State Fair, County Fair, Missions Convention, Christian Business Convention, or a Christian Concert.
-If Public Speaking and Presenting are your forte,
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-If Public Speaking ISN’T your thing, No Worries! Interpersonal, word-of-mouth advertising is quite often the most effective means by which any organization can share its message.
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"I am a mental health counselor at a correctional facility in Texas. I ordered booklets from WMP a few months ago after my manager recommended you all. Once I received the booklets, I spread them out on a table in my office for the inmates to take as they please, and let me tell you they went through them all so quickly! They really appreciate reading the booklets from WMP, as do I. Some of the officers in the prison have been asking me for some of them so they can read them and give them to inmates. In an often depressing and miserable environment such as a prison, small things like Bible studies or little pieces of advice/guidance from handouts like these can make a huge difference."
-Kelly S., Texas, U.S.A.
In 2004 the Messiah Project in Nicaragua began using WMP literature. As they reached more remote regions, the Lord opened doors to bring the Word of God to the Miskito Indians of the Rio Coco for the first time in their own language. What the Spirit of God has done through His Word and the faithfulness of many is a ringing testimony of God’s unfailing love for all people, wherever they are and whatever language they speak.
WMP: Steve, how did having Scripture booklets in the Miskito language help establish believers in the Rio Coco region?
Steve: After years of experiencing their impact first-hand, I believe that God truly inspired the topical format of the Scripture booklets to effectively introduce people to the Word of God. Though many in rural and remote regions haven’t had the benefit of a high-school education, they are able—with the help of the Holy Spirit—to grasp a topic through the selected verses.
WMP: How has the pandemic affected the work of recently established churches and believers?
Steve: On my return to Nicaragua in March, we had wonderful, joy-filled meetings and services. I have been humbled to see how powerfully the Lord has moved during this pandemic phase. At a time of fear and uncertainty, the brothers and sisters of Messiah Project chose to try and make a difference. They took to the streets and marketplaces to share the good news of Jesus. Pooling together the offerings from each church, they purchased basic food supplies and prepared gift bags, making sure to include several Scripture booklets in each bag, sowing the Word of God in homes that otherwise might not receive spiritual food.
WMP: You have called the Scripture booklets “invaluable resources.” Can you elaborate?
Steve: WMP Scripture booklets are an essential part in sowing the love of God and hope for a better future. Though people will listen to what we have to say, they can soon forget. But when we give them a Scripture booklet, we know the Word of God will go back with them to their homes and continue to bear fruit. Many of our brothers and sisters want to do something for the Lord but feel inadequate or unprepared. Scripture booklets are an invaluable resource in training and equipping these precious saints. Anyone can “go” and give someone a Scripture booklet, which is part of the foundation we build upon in making disciples of Jesus Christ.
WMP: Another container of literature is ready to send to Nicaragua. Are you ready to receive it?
Steve: As I reviewed last year’s report of our evangelistic outreaches across the country, I was amazed at the amount of literature they had given out in my absence—over 1,600 boxes! I know the literature from WMP has been an intrinsic part of the Lord’s work through Messiah Project. I have spent the better part of two days signing certificates of baptism, rededications of lives restored, and the dedication of children to the Lord from new members of the Messiah Project churches across the country. We are ready to receive another shipment of literature! After I see how the virus has affected the customs process, I will initiate the process of shipping the literature at your earliest convenience!
Messiah Project is responding to the need to provide New Testaments in the Miskito language by providing a translation and raising funds to help WMP print 25,000 copies! Preparation for printing is almost complete. From not even knowing the name of Jesus, to learning of God’s love through a feeding program in hundreds of centers and being introduced to God’s Word through Scripture booklets, to having churches established along the Rio Coco with the New Testament in their own language--“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8).
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