In March 2021, WMP was contacted by believers in Russia who presented a well-organized and focused campaign to reach 25 million people in Central Russia within a 24-month period. This plan included the need for trusted literature, leaving the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to continue speaking. Their initial request was for 1 million copies of A Bible Study on John as a starting point with a subsequent request for 1 million copies of the new WMP booklet, Who do You say that I AM?
“Christ is in our country,” was one eager response. “The ministry is growing so fast and the doors for preaching the gospel are more open than ever in our country. Right now we are distributing about 1,040,000 booklets in one month. We feel we still have the resources to start distributing about 2,000,000 booklets in one month. So we are looking forward to the booklets. Print as many of them as you can! Thank you for your work for our country. I thank Christ that we will rejoice together.”
"The highlight of my life was January 2001, when with very painful legs, I walked slowly along Red Square in Moscow handing out The Way to God to people with expressionless faces. Nobody refused the booklets and most began to read them immediately. They were in Russian. I was on a mission trip with a large group.
I praise God for choosing to use me."
In the past few years WMP has been blessed to support production of 600,000 copies of Russian How to Know God, and this year 200,000 copies of a special edition Russian Bible Study on John, all printed by our partners in Moscow. Testimonies of the distribution were so encouraging, both in the energy and faithfulness of those giving out the booklets and in the overwhelmingly positive response to the message. One comment was that Russians love to read and therefore readily accept the booklets as God opens doors.
An area coordinator wrote, “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!”
A team which distributed 10,000 booklets in their city and region reported, “Against the background of the pandemic of COVID-19, people are increasingly thinking about God and gratefully accept the booklets.”
A distribution leader in Moscow wrote that “people took the booklets with such gratitude and listened to the gospel. Some were strongly affected by God!” One man was very touched when he heard that God loves him “because he does not have a father and never heard that God is his father in Heaven and that He loves him.”
In March 2021 WMP was approached by Every Home for Christ Russia about being involved in helping to reach 25 million people within the next 24 months! Presented as “24:25,” it is a vision to reach the people of Central Russia with the Word of God at least once. The team looked to their current relationship with World Missionary Press to help make the goals of the project a reality: (1) to respond to a burden for revival and evangelism, (2) to change people’s general opinion of the churches in their regions, (3) to see the redemption and salvation of thousands and thousands of precious Russian people—confessing their sins and coming to the Lord.
Scripture booklets are seen as a bridge of friendship, so the need for literature was vital to their planning. Discussions with WMP settled on one million copies of a special 48-page edition of A Bible Study on John in Russian to be printed here in our plant and sent via container to Russia. The Lord seems to be opening the door for WMP to send material into the country after several years of no such access. Because of our economy of operation, the booklets can be printed at WMP and shipped, for about half the cost of printing them in Russia. The new booklet, Who do You say that I Am? has just been translated into Russian and will be sent in a follow–up shipment.
Our brothers and sisters in Russia are depending on World Missionary Press to provide seeds to sow in reaching 25 million souls with the message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. They have planned and trained and begun the work. Preparations are in motion for the first container of 1 million booklets, soon to be followed by a second container of 1 million items.
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.
"My wife and I worked at an orphanage in Moscow, Russia for thirteen years and used your Scripture booklets.
We recently discovered a Russian community here in the Nashville area where we currently reside. I gave my last Scripture booklet and Bible, in the Russian language, to a young lady last week. She was so pleased to have a Bible and literature in her own language."
-Charles R., U.S.A.