In South Africa, Pastor M and his team of volunteers handed out The Way to God booklets along with food parcels. They reported that the community was highly appreciative not only for the relief parcels but also for the Scripture booklets as they were printed in the vernacular languages, making them easy to understand and share. Volunteers were able to continue to spread the gospel despite the limitations of a lockdown. “Many pastors have been requesting The Way to God booklets as they have seen how people value them. Many people have turned to Christ amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and need guidance. This booklet makes the work of the evangelist very easy.”
"Despite the great challenge 2020 presented, it was one of the years that we had the most results in completing the support system. At one point everything was stopped, and yet a young evangelist from the other side of the city came to my house with a backpack looking for evangelistic materials, which I gave him. He would go to the market to buy food and use the opportunity to preach. He said people were so heartbroken that you didn’t even have to hand out the booklets. As you put them on the table, people came and took them. The pace of the work decreased a lot, but we were not stopped. More and more, every day God puts in our path men and women with a lot of love for evangelism. Each one does his part, and in Christ Jesus we reach the target."
In Mexico, a ministry to the women in many communities and churches was limited when the border with the USA was closed to non-essential traffic and a WMP distributor was unable to get many of the supplies and booklets to the pastors and churches. Undaunted, she found a hand cart which she loaded with 10-pound boxes of WMP Scripture booklets, and walked across the border regularly as allowed to keep the supplies flowing.
COVID-19 has NOT stopped the Gospel from reaching hearts and changing lives!
The challenges of reaching Asia’s 4.5 billion people are often overwhelming. WMP ministry partners in Asia have developed unique evangelism methods, some as basic as an itinerate missionary walking or riding a bicycle from village to village, carrying a box of Scripture booklets. Others use tourist gift bags which include WMP Scripture booklets. In restrictive environments, the Holy Spirit leads believers to places where open hearts are waiting to hear the gospel. Each one relies on the printed Word to go where they may not be able to go, providing a continuing opportunity for someone to read the words of life.
In the Philippines, a partner ministry continues to share the gospel in the face of new restrictions. “We are grateful for the materials that WMP is sending. Since the Covid-19 lockdown started, there [has been] no available public transportation. We send our gospel materials to different parts of the country through express delivery. Covid-19 cannot stop us in sharing God’s Word! We find ways to bring them to every home. Happy are the pastors who receive the delivery. As the churches go, prayer is important to open the hearts and minds of the people receiving the printed message of the gospel.” —E.E., Philippines
Shipments to S. Asia, Thailand, Pakistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and other areas in the South Pacific have either been shipped recently or are being prepared for delivery in 2021.
The combination of a viral pandemic, restricting activity, and straining resources, with natural disasters, has not only brought suffering to millions of people, but 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!”
For more than 25 years World Missionary Press has provided literature for believers in Russia to help build the Church by providing tools for evangelism and discipling those who come to the Savior. At times full container shipments were sent, but in recent years other means have had to be used to provide WMP Scripture booklets and Bible studies in Russia. In the face of many difficulties, God’s people are still reaching out to their neighbors with words of hope and eternal life.
In 2019 WMP supplied funds for printing 150,000 Scripture booklets in Russia, to be used by Every Home for Christ teams in central Russia. Each coordinator was so grateful to have this free literature and eagerly set out to share each and every copy. Their reports warmed our hearts as we read recent testimonies from coordinators in different areas.
Anton: “Every month, together with a team of volunteers, I distribute The Plan for Your Salvation booklets in R—. Every so often I hear this question, ‘What are you handing out?’ We say, ‘This is a Word that will change your life.’ 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.”
Alexey: “Ten thousand booklets were distributed throughout the city and region of N—. Against the background of the pandemic of Covid-19, people are increasingly thinking about God and gratefully accept the booklets.”
Denis: “I am the coordinator of the EHC mission in the V— region. When our team of evangelists distributes New Testaments and evangelistic newspapers, we always try to give a person a booklet, The Plan for Your Salvation, because it contains the necessary passages from the Bible that reveal the need for salvation and the plan to achieve it. Thank you very much for the opportunity to spread the Word of God!”
Andrey: “I am one of the coordinators of EHC in M—. A few days ago, we had a wonderful evangelization; 15 people heard the gospel, we prayed for four people, and they were very open! Somebody had given one of them a booklet before we met him. He was very open. We explained why we need to pray the prayer of repentance and explained how to pray to God in general. He said that he would pray the prayer of repentance at home. The Lord did not lead us to pray the prayer of repentance with people right there, because many of them were at work, but they took the booklets with such gratitude, listened to the gospel, and promised to pray at home. Some were strongly affected by God! I remember one person who, when he heard that God loves him, was very touched by these words because he does not have a father and he had never heard that God was his Father in Heaven and that He loves him.”
Denis: “I am coordinator of the mission EHC in the Y— region. I believe these booklets are the most informative of the entire range of our literature. Therefore, I consider it necessary to distribute them to every home in my area, despite the coronavirus.”
Yuri: “In this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic, I distribute booklets to the mailboxes. Unfortunately, I am not able yet to preach directly, but I continue to preach the gospel using your booklets. Thank you for your invaluable contribution to the salvation of Russia!”
Such responsiveness led to requests for more Scripture booklets. WMP has authorized the printing of 300,000 copies of How to Know God (named The Plan for Your Salvation in Russian) to help meet the growing hunger for the truth of God’s Word among the Russian people.
A medical team that took WMP Scripture booklets to Nicaragua excitedly reported how helpful the booklets were in getting the gospel into several areas of the country. As people came to the door of the clinic, they received a Scripture booklet. Local pastors received supplies for further outreach and teaching.
I ask you to please pray for an event coming up on July 27th. Our Children’s Gift Ministry Team will be traveling from San Pedro Sula, Honduras to the capital city of Tegucigalpa to distribute personal protection equipment kits to doctors and nurses on the front line of COVID-19 at two hospitals. They are in serious need of these items and encouragement.
These doctors and nurses serve out of love for their fellow countrymen and are risking their lives for the sake of others. In their own words: “This protective equipment helps us serve the people who come to our hospitals more safely, so that we don’t spread the disease to other patients, get infected ourselves, or take it home to our families.” There will be 130 bio security kits divided evenly between the two hospitals.
This will be the second such distribution in recent months and, as always, people's lives will be touched through the dissemination of World Missionary Press Scripture booklets.
While dealing with new routines, many have discovered new opportunities to share the Word of God. In West Virginia, Jennifer R. serves the homeless through a local rescue mission. She requested a variety of Bible study booklets for small groups of ten or less (“these people do not have access to the internet”) as well as the small coloring books for children. “Our community is hurting for Christ.… Due to COVID-19, our initial outreach plans have changed, but we are still diligently sending out the Word of the Lord through every avenue possible at this turbulent time. Thank you so much for all that you do in seeing that the gospel reaches the nations!”
In early April Ben B. requested 10,000 copies of The Way to God Scripture booklet in Spanish and as many Spanish New Testaments as we could provide. He and The Way of the Cross Ministries, long-time partners of World Missionary Press, were setting up a drive-through food give-away in their Texas hometown and were completely out of WMP literature!
After receiving the Scripture booklets and 1,000 New Testaments, and opening up the drive-through food bank, Ben sent an update: “We have seen 2,520 salvations in the past three weeks! This is one of the good things that has come out of this desperate time in America’s life. People are turning to Jesus. Praise the Lord!”
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