In Portugal, missionary Daniel had contact with local churches who were not constantly involved in evangelism, but when they did outreach, they received the Scripture booklets. Daniel observed our work in Bolivia through videos and tried to do something similar in context with the reality of Portugal. Teams of young missionaries from Brazil would come to Portugal to do distribution in the streets, but they focused mainly on teaching the Word of God in the houses. This was the most successful strategy for them. Their work was not restricted to Portugal. From Portugal, they would go to Spain, Italy, England, and other countries in Europe. They would take groups to do evangelism in each region. Consequently, local churches became excited about the work they were doing, generating animated interaction which boosted their providing materials to other groups preparing for service.
In Europe new distributors are asking for literature, ministries are stretching their areas of evangelism, and souls are finding the Savior through His Word.
“We are thankful for your prayers and for all those amazing Gospel booklets provided through World Missionary Press in different languages. That makes the work of spreading God’s Word possible to other churches in Spain as well as in France and Portugal.
Those booklets have been a blessing in our lives and for the people that have received them with open hearts so they can hear and read God’s Word. We are extremely grateful for all this work. We pray that God may bless you and supply all your needs so that you can stay strong and fearless because we are working for the Heavenly Kingdom.” —M. A., Spain
Ten-pound boxes containing 456,000 Scripture booklets were sent to 20 European nations last fiscal year. Praise God for a moving of His Spirit in Europe!
This past year, several doors opened to increase the distribution of WMP literature throughout Europe. A ministry in Romania is developing a systematic plan for reaching 7,000 villages and towns in Southern Romania without a gospel presence as well as supporting contacts throughout the Balkan nations. Many of the missionaries involved in this outreach have used WMP literature over the years. Renewed interest has led to the preparation of a container shipment with 1,280,000 Scripture booklets in 12 languages.
Many Iranian students and young adults who have settled in Northern Europe are open to discussions about the Bible and Christianity. A new supply of Persian New Testaments from WMP will fill an earnest request from those serving the Lord among the Iranian communities.
Increased activity in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Portugal, U.K. and Spain will lead to more concentrated and efficient distribution in the coming months. A pastor in Italy will soon receive his first full pallet for distribution among many parts of Italy and Cyprus.