Last year WMP provided 57 million booklets in 103 languages to 28 countries in Africa. “We have been richly blessed with the receipt and distribution of hundreds of thousands of evangelism and discipleship documents made available for the body of Christ and the salvation of souls. The people of Côte d’Ivoire are happy to receive these booklets, which are a treasure. The booklets are a door of revelation manifesting the love, goodness, and faithfulness of God. With WMP, we go everywhere in each home, towards each person (tribe and people) to bring the good news of the gospel of Jesus.” –Lolo L.
Brother Gerome K., a 19-year-old Muslim, testified that he received salvation through reading a Scripture portion saying that "Christ is God.". He joined a local church after receiving Jesus' Love.
Current in-house orders for 27 different African nations total 46.9 million booklets. Ministry partners are reaching out to unengaged people groups and isolated regions—places where the love of God and His salvation have never been known.
After receiving a container with 1.3 million Scripture booklets and Bible studies, Samuel B. in Ethiopia wrote, “WMP’s contribution is enabling us to accomplish the Every Home for Christ Oikos campaign, as well as helping us make progress towards reaching thousands of homes.”
The Way to God brought Claudette U. of Rwanda to a saving knowledge of Christ. “Before accepting Jesus Christ into my heart, I was in debauchery, delinquency and taking drugs…. I decided to have Jesus Christ as a faithful friend and allowed Him to guide my life.”
In a recent interview, WMP’s national coordinator in South Sudan eloquently expressed the opportunity and need for a new supply of Scripture booklets. He reports that in the past two years, doors have been opened for evangelism outreach without restriction and churches have seized the opportunity to press forward with the gospel. South Sudan is home to 64 tribes, 27 of which have not been reached with the gospel. He states that “Without you, we wouldn’t know what we could do.” The larger areas of Darfur, Khartoum, and the Nuba Mountains are open to the gospel, accentuating the need for more material.
Booklets are urgently needed in two of the major languages of South Sudan, Dinka and Nuer. The WMP language team is working with the team there to get booklets ready as soon as possible. These will enhance the reach of the literature and support the churches in evangelism and discipleship. A 40-foot container with 1.7 million booklets is in line to provide tools for those going through the open doors God has provided.
"I just returned from a trip to Tanzania where we are doing pastoral training courses. Your gospel booklets really helped with our evangelism while we were there. They were also a great guide for the local leaders to use while sharing their faith. Many came to know Christ while we were there sharing the gospel. Thank you so much for your booklets."
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.”
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.
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.”
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, with approximately 90 million people, is the most populous officially Francophone country in the world, as well as the second-most populous country in Africa. Its capital, Kinshasa, is an enormous city—the third most populous city in all of Africa. In the past year, new doors have opened for WMP to send large supplies into D.R.C. to meet a growing cry for God’s Word. Centralized in Kinshasa, shipments carrying Scripture booklets in regional languages as well as in French are also destined for the southern and central regions of D.R.C. as well as Goma in the East.
Charma W. wrote from D.R.C., “The literature helped us a lot in the work of the gospel. We reached several villages and received many testimonies of the souls blessed through the reading of this literature and now the demand multiplies. Our brothers who collaborate with us in the distribution of these Scripture booklets in the villages demand even more because every day they get requests from people and churches for more Scripture! There is a great thirst for spiritual material and learning. World Missionary Press is much appreciated for bringing the gospel to a neglected population. Please send us literature for evangelism in French and Kituba.”
A new ministry partner from D.R.C. has requested WMP literature. “I don’t know how to praise the Lord of our harvest,” wrote Samuel M., “and how to express my joy to read your materials! I welcome all the evangelical materials you have, especially those in Swahili-Congo, Lingala, and French. (New Testaments and The Way to God should not be absent in the shipment.) As we are a church-planting and humanitarian ministry in remote areas, WMP materials are very important, and I believe God and you will be very happy when we begin working together. Again, I say thank you, and I welcome these materials with two hands!”
Guinea is a nation of 12.7 million people, 86% of whom are Muslim, with 29 unreached tribes. One ministry sent a team of two trained Liberian leaders to neighboring Guinea. They visited village after village, introducing themselves to the leader of the village after much prayer and stating their purpose—to start a church where there was no church. Wherever they went, they were received with openness, listened to with respect beyond their expectations, and even encouraged to teach and preach! Over and over again, the “impossible” happened. It seemed that all they had to do was show up in obedience and find a prepared people waiting. This ministry is awaiting a shipment of French New Testaments from WMP to establish new believers in these newly opened villages. WMP’s national coordinator in Guinea has requested two container shipments for his country to meet the challenge of reaching one million people in Guinea with the gospel.