“I am a member of Courtside Ministries, a Christian evangelical ministry. We have prayer tables outside courthouses, and we ask as people pass by if they would like to pray. It is a very effective ministry. We have 23 teams now at various courthouses and last year God touched tens of thousands of lives through this ministry. Over 3,900 came to know Christ, and we gave out more tracts and Bibles than we can count. We also give out church referrals and have pastors do follow up on those who accept the Lord on site. It is an amazing ministry. I have been studying Islam (as best I can in the time I have) and am being led to get prepared. Based on how the Lord has worked in my life up to now, that makes me certain I will be in contact with some Islamic believers soon. I would like to have a few of your booklets. I will keep four in Arabic and one in English and pass three in Arabic and one in English to two other teams. If our board feels it is not wasting your resources, I will probably come back and get more.”
-Ramona J., Indiana, USA
“It's me again, coming to you live from Lorain County Correctional Institute. Well, anywho [sic], I have been moved. I was not able to bring my Bible studies and booklets with me seeing as there was but one set that I left for the county jail. Can you please send me two sets of the literature this time around, if possible. Thank you for your time and your ministry. Oh, and by the way, the men were so grateful for those booklets and Bible studies. It was like Christmas. They almost argued over them, then worked out a sharing system. 'Blessed is the peacemaker for he shall be called a child of God.' Amen. Let's see if I can do this again and get even more people excited about the living God! Last trip, the Lord gave me about 50 people to influence in Christ. Now He has given me double that. Let's see what He does here. May God be with you all at WMP and may our Father continue uniting the many ministries of Christ. I pray to hear from you soon.” ~Aaron M.
“In São Miguel Paulista, the biggest district in São Paulo, a family lives with eight people—parents and six children (four girls and two boys). It was a terrible hell—fights and arguments day and night between husband and wife, parents and children and brothers. One of the daughters, Solange, was feeling too anguished, and seeing her family in trouble, went looking for a place to get peace to go on surviving. She [looked in] different churches, dangerous places, and spiritualism but found nothing. One Sunday all the family left the house, each one in a different direction, and this young [woman] was alone when a group of religious brothers gave her the booklets O Caminho para Deus (The Way to God) and Como Conhecer a Deus (How to Know God). This girl read it during all the week. On Sunday she went to the church and accepted Jesus as the Savior of her soul. She was born again for Jesus’ glory. A few months after her testimony, her parents did the same and in a short period of time her sisters [also were born again]. Only the guys did not yet. It is a big reward of God for our dedication to evangelical work. It has been possible through much cooperation and the literature, which is so wonderful.” ~Clovis, N., Brazil
“I thought you might like to hear this story. A little more than eight years ago, through some friends I came into contact with a family in rural Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The little girl was starting in school, and her aunt who worked with me asked if I would be willing to tutor her online. The little girl would walk about 20 minutes each way to an internet café and clean it in return for using the computer for an hour to do her lessons. When I would correct her lessons, I would use the online Bible from YouVersion.com to put Scripture portions on the end of each lesson in her dialect which they call Bisayan, or—as you have listed it—Cebuano. She was asking so many questions, so I copied and pasted your booklet (either How to Know God or The Way to God, I don’t remember which one right now). I apologize because at the time I didn’t think about inquiring about any copyright issues. She worked an extra session to be able to print the booklet. As things developed, we established a children’s home with the help of some local leaders, including the village Catholic priest. He emailed me one time and told me how she would visit the ill and shut-ins and read the booklet and the Scripture portions that I had sent at the bottom of her lessons. She called this her little Bible. She gave the booklet that I had sent her to the priest and told him that he should read it. He told me that he told her that if she did what was in the booklet, she would find Jesus. We now have 22 children we take care of and are in the process of starting a school so that they can learn vocational and technical skills, allowing them to remain in the area and work instead of having to go overseas. The first classes in the school have been, at the request of the local leaders, Christian Workers classes so they can support themselves while helping in the school. This has grown out of a little girl sharing with others.”
I must preface this blog entry by stating in no uncertain terms that I Love God's Word and have been an avid student of the Bible since accepting Jesus; and throughout my 25+ years as an ordained minister. I greatly appreciate my formal theological training, along with many years of ongoing, personal study. There has never been, and never will be, a greater book than the Bible. It is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God...PERIOD.
As believers, we know that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed; with every single type, shadow and nuance pointing directly to the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Word Incarnate, by Whom all things were created and are upheld. While seasoned students of the Word can look into the Book of Exodus and see Jesus in every part of the Tabernacle or look into Leviticus and see Jesus as the Great High Priest (and Ultimate Sacrifice for all mankind) and the Church as His Royal Priesthood, someone who has yet to receive Jesus is not likely to understand such things. "Pre-Christians" have no idea how to navigate the Word and most don't know where to start reading. In all likelihood, most people who decide to start at the beginning of the Book will get lost and discouraged somewhere between Genesis and Matthew; while those who decide to dive straight into Revelation find themselves seriously lacking understanding.
Our initial, primary goal is to FIRST introduce them to the Author! Once they give THE TEACHER His rightful place within their hearts, then they are in a place where they can learn from Him and be discipled through loving church families.
Here at WMP, we quite often receive testimonies from people who were given a Scripture booklet, while seriously contemplating suicide, and received Christ. If someone is on their way to hang themselves from a tree, overdose, or shoot themselves, they most likely don't have time to read the entire Bible. Scripture booklets are great tools for evangelism, because they contain nothing besides topical Scriptures and point people straight to JESUS and our Father's plan of salvation!
While I cannot overstate how precious the Bible is to me, from Genesis to Revelation, I also understand the importance of our 48 page, topical Scripture booklets which lead people straight to the Source and Personification of true Love, Faith, Hope, Joy, Happiness, and Purpose for their lives!
WMP Ambassador Network Coordinator
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