“Our organization is a small one—just me, my wife, and our two children, for now. We have been involved in several initiatives where we collect items and help distribute them to those who need them most. Our most current effort has been to collect school materials and distribute them in the Dominican Republic. By God’s good grace, we have been able to do this mission for the second year in a row, more than doubling last year’s back pack count to close to 70. We do not only want to help with the children’s scholastic future but their spiritual future as well. A co-worker shared one of these booklets with me and I really enjoyed how my children reacted to it. So, I would like to share the Scripture through these booklets with each of the kids who receive a back pack. We want to share the Grace of God with them in such a way that they begin to enjoy a relationship with God through this action." -Wascar R., NY
By Julie Bourdon
Honduras (MNN) – Honduras is said to have one of the highest murder rates in the world. In some cities, the violence is so bad, it’s only slightly safer than a war zone. Take San Pedro Sula, for example. According to Reeuters, about 200 people fled the city in a month’s time earlier this year. The violence stems from gang activity, intertwined with drugs and organized crime. Sadly, children are often drawn into the violence, one way or another.
Sharing the Gospel as an organization
World Missionary Press provides Gospel literature in hundreds of languages for organizations and individuals around the world. One of their major distributors in Honduras is addressing these societal issues with two very important tools—education and the Gospel. A branch of their ministry called Children’s Gift Ministry is reaching out to children specifically.
Helen Williams of World Missionary Press says last December, they received a call from this distributor with a testimony of how the last shipment of booklets was helping their network of pastors.
“He said, ‘Because of what you sent us, we were able to evangelize more than 25,000 children and young people in this particular area.’”
One pastor, for example, hands out the booklets with colored teddy bears called “faith bears.” These bears are color-coordinated to tell the salvation story. The booklets and the bears work together to help children understand the Gospel.
But as is often the case, the praise report came with a request. The group was nearly out of Scripture booklets, and the school year was about to start!
Part of Children’s Gift Ministry is the annual "Back To Classes With Jesus" program. It provides children, aged six to 12, with a backpack full of supplies. These backpacks can be the difference between going to school, or not.
Church leaders hold local, community-wide evangelism events. As they distribute the backpacks, pastors take the children through the Scripture booklets from World Missionary Press. Each child receives their own booklet. Many children have given their lives to Jesus during these events. And as the program grows, so does the potential to see lasting change in Honduras.
“You know, you reach these children, you have a chance to change a culture and change a community, and change a nation. And that’s what the Spirit can do through His Word,” Williams says.
So before the current school year began, World Missionary Press sent a large shipment of booklets, including some in the Miskito language. When classes started up, the back to school program had reached 30,000 children in 200 locations across Honduras. That means 30,000 children got to encounter the Word of God.
“They are going to know the Scriptures, they’re going to have it in their hand, they’re going to take it home, it goes with the backpacks, it’s taught,” Williams says.
In addition to the backpack project, these booklets are an important part of pastoral outreach, church planting, and discipleship. And so, the requests for more Scripture booklets keep coming.
“For many of those people and their churches and believers down there, this will be the closest thing they get to a Bible. And so, we just want to encourage people that the Lord is blessing and the Lord is using this and we are trying to keep up. This is one major distributor out of about 85 that we have that keep saying, ‘hey, that was wonderful, can I have some more?’”
Later this year, World Missionary Press will be sending another shipment with about 500,000 pieces of literature going out. Williams says the shipment, made up of both Spanish and Miskito booklets, will be one of their largest to Honduras.
Sharing faith as an individual
But it’s not just organizations that have effectively used Scripture booklets for ministry. Williams shares one story that shows the power of the individual who is willing to share God’s Word.
She received a letter from a lady earlier this month who lives in a low-income housing project in Colorado.
“She says, ‘I gave some of your booklets to the cleaning lady in the morning. And then in the afternoon, God led me to verbally witness to her. She then received Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. She was ready and willing and I am very happy about this.’”
This lady wasn’t just sending a praise report, she was requesting more material. Why? To keep on witnessing. The woman explained that people come and go all the time. Most of them accept the booklets, and she has been blessed every time she’s handed one out.
Williams says, “I think of this wonderful lady who just gave a Scripture booklet to the cleaning gal that came to her apartment, and later in the day followed the Spirit’s prompting to talk to this lady directly, and a child of God was born, a soul came to Christ.”
For Williams this story means that, “there is no one that the Spirit cannot use if we’re willing to be used and He will bring us the opportunities if we are sensitive to His leading.”
And that applies across cultures and language barriers, too. In fact, World Missionary Press is equipping ordinary, monolingual people to witness to their neighbors who come from other countries and have a different first language.
“Everywhere you’re going to run into someone who speaks Arabic, or French, or Spanish, or Portuguese, or Swahili, or Gujarati, or Hindi. And we can provide them material—just one or two booklets that they can share with an in-law or a neighbor or a tradesmen or a friend, someone that they want to share the truth of the Scripture but not quite sure how to get it across.”
"God provided our team in Uganda with a chance to share His love with 150 students, and 25 of them decided to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior! Praise God for these young hearts that are now living a life for Jesus."
Pictured: Children receiving The Way to God Scripture booklet. With your help, we are helping Every Home For Christ and thousands of other individuals, missionaries, churches and ministries reach the world with the Good News!
"A few months back, the spirit of sharing that l saw being exhibited by these little ones was so touching; for even when they were hungry, they shared among themselves the little they had. It was obvious that what was at hand was not enough for just even one person! This communicates volumes.
1 John 3:16-19 'We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion-how can GOD's love be in that person? Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before GOD.'
Please pray for our upcoming Outreach with Frontline Ministries. With the LORD's provision, we shall reach the little ones with Love, clothing, etc., and the Word of hope using Scripture booklets from World Missionary Press..
In serving the LORD, our entire focus is to move forward always since the onus is on us to live to the expectations of our Father in Heaven.
Every influential person on earth was once a helpless baby. Every oak once was an acorn, and every great structure was once a mere blue print on paper. No matter where we stay or come from, once we walk and talk to the LORD faithfully, with all our hearts, bodies, souls and minds, He listens and responds.
Therefore, it’s not where we are today, but where we are going that counts, for there is always Light at the end of the tunnel. John 1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."
Shared by Mike Prieur on Albert Kisembo's Facebook Page, WMP Ambassador in Uganda
"Good morning and God bless you!!!
May the Lord fill your day with His presence and comfort your heart with the knowledge that your ministry through World Missionary Press continues to impact the lives of thousands in Honduras, one of the most violent, dangerous and corrupt countries in the world.
Through your partnership with Harrell Family Missions and the Children's Gift Ministry many thousands of lives have been reached, touched and changed by the word of God and the scripture booklets that you provide for us to distribute in evangelism events throughout the country.
This year alone the Back to classes with Jesus program, an out reach of the Children's Gift Ministry, plans to reach its goal of reaching 30,000 children in 200 locations across the country. Through this program children ages 6-12 are invited to a community-wide evangelism event where many will give their hearts to Jesus. Each child receives a backpack filled with school supplies enabling them to get off of the streets, out of the reach of the gangs and back into school.... Because of the partnership we are able to include World Missionary Press scripture booklets into every backpack! We also preach from the booklets having the children open their's and follow us as we read the Scriptures.
World Missionary Press scripture booklets are also used to help new Pastors in church planting. They help existing churches in discipleship, men's, women's, youth and children's groups. For many churches this is the only literature that they will have. For some Christians this is the closest they will have to a Bible of their own.
The National Youth Department in Honduras requests our partnership regularly as they distribute World Missionary Press Scripture booklets in citywide evangelism events. There's just no telling the tens of thousands of souls that have come to Christ because of World Missionary Press and your partnership with Harrell Family Missions and the Children's Gift Ministry in Honduras - THANK YOU!!!!"
“I met my youngest daughter when she was coming out from school with a small booklet, Bukwasho Bwa Kufma Mwiulu [Help From Above], in Kaonde language. I was very surprised to see where she got it, but she told me that she just picked it up on the roadside. I’m a preacher and secretary of Prison Fellowship Zambia with six prisons under my supervision. I have no tracts to use and distribute to our inmates who are behind bars. Those who are there have no access of coming out to go and hear the word of salvation. It might be better if you can send me some to use and whenever you have some [booklets], you may use our address.” -Wilson N., Zambia, Africa
“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.”
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