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.
In the past few years WMP has been blessed to support production of 600,000 copies of Russian How to Know God, and this year 200,000 copies of a special edition Russian Bible Study on John, all printed by our partners in Moscow. Testimonies of the distribution were so encouraging, both in the energy and faithfulness of those giving out the booklets and in the overwhelmingly positive response to the message. One comment was that Russians love to read and therefore readily accept the booklets as God opens doors.
An area coordinator wrote, “The information that is written in the booklet is very important for people because it talks about who God is and what He has done for each person. Some people thank us and tell us that we are doing the right thing. I thank you for these booklets, understanding the role that the Word of God plays in a person’s life. Thank you very much!”
A team which distributed 10,000 booklets in their city and region reported, “Against the background of the pandemic of COVID-19, people are increasingly thinking about God and gratefully accept the booklets.”
A distribution leader in Moscow wrote that “people took the booklets with such gratitude and listened to the gospel. Some were strongly affected by God!” One man was very touched when he heard that God loves him “because he does not have a father and never heard that God is his father in Heaven and that He loves him.”
In March 2021 WMP was approached by Every Home for Christ Russia about being involved in helping to reach 25 million people within the next 24 months! Presented as “24:25,” it is a vision to reach the people of Central Russia with the Word of God at least once. The team looked to their current relationship with World Missionary Press to help make the goals of the project a reality: (1) to respond to a burden for revival and evangelism, (2) to change people’s general opinion of the churches in their regions, (3) to see the redemption and salvation of thousands and thousands of precious Russian people—confessing their sins and coming to the Lord.
Scripture booklets are seen as a bridge of friendship, so the need for literature was vital to their planning. Discussions with WMP settled on one million copies of a special 48-page edition of A Bible Study on John in Russian to be printed here in our plant and sent via container to Russia. The Lord seems to be opening the door for WMP to send material into the country after several years of no such access. Because of our economy of operation, the booklets can be printed at WMP and shipped, for about half the cost of printing them in Russia. The new booklet, Who do You say that I Am? has just been translated into Russian and will be sent in a follow–up shipment.
Our brothers and sisters in Russia are depending on World Missionary Press to provide seeds to sow in reaching 25 million souls with the message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. They have planned and trained and begun the work. Preparations are in motion for the first container of 1 million booklets, soon to be followed by a second container of 1 million items.
“My wife and I have been handing out your Help from Above booklets in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the boardwalk. We have a mission field coming to our city every day! Help from Above is such a great resource, as it is full of God’s Word. Thank you for making it available.”
—George & Kim R., South Carolina
“Last week I was at World Missionary Press with my church volunteering. Working there was the best work I think I have ever done. God is doing something amazing there and growing us who come there to help. I have never experienced something like that, and it has had a big impact on me. The testimonies I heard truly put a lot in perspective that I personally have been going through and showed how faithful God always is in everything. I look forward to volunteering again!”
—Ayla, volunteer from Hope Community Church
“I am an evangelist. We take these booklets, along with Bibles, food, and personal items, to physically feed the homeless, the less fortunate struggling since the Covid pandemic, and into the homes of seniors. Our goal is to help meet their needs while also feeding them spiritually with Jesus. . . .
I have been saved for 32 years now, and I must say the booklets you have provided are far better than any I have ever seen. I already mailed some to people I know in the Philippines and Poland who were all very excited to see you had them in their native tongue.
“I pray that God uses your mission like He has ours. I truly love Help from Above. It’s not just a guide to salvation, but it’s a mini-Bible for Christians to learn how to live a Christ-like life. God bless you for all you have done.”
—Chuck P., Ohio, USA
"This week I received 30 boxes of your booklets. Two of our sisters in Christ and I made a journey to some of the regions in Bulgaria where the population is mostly Muslim. Even though it is a hard area to work, the mighty hand of our Lord Jesus Christ was with us and opened the hearts of the people toward the Gospel and receiving the booklets. I really hope that this seed will grow in their hearts and bring much fruit to Jesus Christ. I bring all this good news to you because I want you to know that your support by giving us the booklets is a really big part in this good result."
Along the US/Mexico border, many WMP distributors are sharing with pastors in Mexico and meeting people coming across the border or waiting in groups on one side or the other. Here people are looking. Here God seeks. The love of Jesus is shared by caring for physical needs as well as providing words of truth and hope.
Many years ago, a man felt called to Mexico but was unsure just how to proceed. He began by crossing the border day after day, often just walking and giving out World Missionary Press Scripture booklets. Then he moved into Mexico and began sharing the booklets wherever he could. Year by year the opportunities grew as pastors realized there was a source for reliable, Bible-based literature that could help their own congregations reach their communities. Over the years millions of booklets have been received and shared through this man that at one time carried a single box of booklets across the border on foot.
Praise God for all He is doing to reach the people of Mexico!
"I have not requested many booklets before. I first heard about you when I was a child in Cuba. Now I am an adult, and I want to share the Word of God. This website has made that possible. Thanks to all the free booklets, I was able to win 35 people for Christ from Cuba."
-Gihanny M., Florida, USA
Pastor N. is rejoicing over a shipment being produced for southern Angola, West Africa. “I am happy to receive this message and incredulous for such a blessing, such love and affection. I can only say that God will always bless you, bless your work, and always grant you wisdom and sustenance so that this work may continue and prosper. Hallelujah, this material will help a lot, because our church is a specifically evangelical church, committed to missions. . . . Our stocks at this time of pandemic are very weak and poor and this material will help, support, and strengthen greatly.”
Our coordinator in Denmark, Tonny M., has been evangelizing on the streets for 25 years, faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been working on the logistics needed to receive a container shipment and finally believes that now is the time. “Don’t ever give up on us!” he wrote. “We will never give up working for Christ, till the work is terminated from above either way! Receptivity to Scripture booklets/tracts and witnessing conversations continue to be very good!”
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