A WMP ministry partner in Africa is focused on reaching unengaged, unreached people groups in at least 13 countries. They trek into villages still steeped in animism, ancestor worship, fetishes, and witchcraft, and share the gospel, first to a few and then to more as curiosity and spiritual hunger draw people to the message. Those who accept the message and receive Jesus as Savior are discipled and encouraged to reach others. Here is a critical need for the Word of God—to build a firm foundation in each new believer so that they can in turn give a clear, strong message.
In one area there are church plants to the 7th generation. A church planted by the original team planted another which planted another—to the 7th church plant. The vision of this ministry is that through the principles of multiplication, they will see 100,000 new churches established in the coming five years!
Much of the area being reached by this group and other WMP partners in Africa is French-speaking. To help meet the overwhelming cry for Scriptures to disciple and train new believers and encourage pastors, World Missionary Press provides limited quantities of New Testaments in French. Requests are overwhelming. Thousands each for Guinea, Cameroon, Togo, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina-Faso, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin, and Rwanda. Touching messages, like this one from Cameroon, come to us in some form from each country: “There is also a very high demand for New Testaments in our country, and we are a little bit worried that the number of New Testaments we received [from WMP] will fail to overcome the perceived need.”
Mr. Gilbert S. said that he is grateful to God for sending His disciples to their village because no servant of God had ever reached their home before. He says, ‘I believe in Jesus. I leave the customs behind and thank the Lord for His grace given to me.’
A young man declared that he had never believed that the Word of God had the power to change lives. Many people who were attached to and bound by traditional customs were touched by the Word of God since the arrival of the missionaries in the village and do not worry about that anymore but rather come to listen to the Word of God. Therefore, he has also decided to receive Jesus into his life.
Emlan was born into a Muslim family and taught the way of Islam. He learned that Jesus was a prophet but not the Son of God. When someone gave him a How to Know God Scripture booklet, he became confused but interested to find out more fully about Jesus. It was a turning point for Emlan to learn that Jesus rose from the dead to give us Life! “None of the other prophets lived to give Life to others,” he said. Emlan gave his life to Christ.
The growing African population will undoubtedly lead to a growing worldwide influence for African churches. Even now, “sending” churches effectively take the gospel into Europe, US, Asia, and Latin America. Such a growing influence must have a strong foundation in the Word of Truth. Many African pastors and missions continue to look to WMP for the pure Word of God found in the topical Scripture booklets as well as the Bible Study on John. A partnership with Feed the Hungry in Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Burundi has put The Way to God booklet and the Bible Study on John into the hands of thousands. Pastors are encouraged. Lives are changed.
From Lesotho came this testimony: “I grew up in a Christian family but without a relationship with Christ. I was visited in my house by a team carrying Scripture booklets. They shared Jesus Christ’s message with us. Then they gave us those clear and simple small booklets. That’s where I gave my life to Jesus. Now I am born again after understanding the love of Jesus.”
Faithful distributors are sharing Scripture booklets in refugee camps in Kenya, Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria, and troubled nations such as Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Mali. Orders to be completed account for almost 52 million Scripture booklet equivalency.