“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”—2 Corinthians 5:19b
A week before Christmas, a church they had never heard of contacted them. “We could boldly acknowledge that it was the working of the Holy Spirit. We were able to give them about 1,000 booklets in Marathi, English, and Hindi. They were planning to reach out in ten shopping malls during Christmas. God also connected us with a young couple who had a burden for their neighbors. They picked up about 500 booklets to give their neighbors.”
Their report concluded, “This year was amazing and so encouraging in our ministry. All praise to Jesus Christ! I really feel we are on the brink of a great revival.”
Persecution Increasing in India
Many ministries are reporting an increase in the persecution of Christians in India, leading to caution in publishing their activities. But they are not slacking in their efforts to take the gospel to every village. Governments may pass anti-conversion laws, but the Word of God is not bound, and faithful followers of the Lamb will continue to share His love no matter what the cost. Having WMP booklets to share is a great encouragement.
Another ministry which ministers to the unreached reported that leaders representing six states of India “were greatly encouraged by the content and size of the booklets. They are carefully using them to win souls and strengthen the seekers in the Word, as they have been praying for such materials for a long time. . . . Please thank all donors and prayer partners on our behalf for their partnership to reach India in our generation. Please pray for the safety of the churches and for the protection of believers and gospel workers as persecution again rises.”
As India’s economic power and presence grows on the world stage, millions of people still live a tribal, often nomadic life, continuing a history of poverty and dependent on superstition for spiritual guidance. An Indian ministry reported to WMP their desire to share words of salvation and hope in Jesus Christ. “Those who know something about the history of the Communist revolution in China,” wrote Pastor P., “say that it was the PRINTED PAGE pouring from the RED PRESS that guaranteed the success of revolution. If there is such a potential in literature which comes from the mind of man, how much more power [is there] in that which springs from the very mind of God?”
The challenge is before us. He has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. The time is short. Millions are dying daily without ever knowing their Creator and the One who gave all to restore them to Himself. We praise God that one of our regular partners has sponsored one of four containers destined for India in line for production here. Will you help?
Meet the Team
I have known about World Missionary Press since the 1990’s. The church we attended sends a group of volunteers once a month, and I had the opportunity to come with them. I was so excited to learn what WMP was all about. What could be better than making God’s Word available to as many people as possible? The fact that the Scripture booklets are given away freely appealed to me greatly!
In the fall of 2013, I learned of an opening at WMP. I applied and started as a bindery operator in December, 2013. I have learned so many new things, and I never imagined I would be doing some of the things I now do here.
Besides working in the bindery department, one of my main responsibilities is to operate a hydraulic paper cutter. Most of the color printing done here needs to be cut and/or folded in some manner. In fact, the newsletter you are now holding was cut and folded by me!
At the end of each day, I enjoy a great sense of satisfaction, knowing that my labor will impact countless lives for eternity! I also count it a joy to work with many other staff and volunteers. Where else could I work with so many people who have a passion for reaching the lost?
Another “ministry” I have is to donate platelets at the Red Cross. This is a life-saving matter for people in the physical sense. Donations can be made up to 24 times a year. I have done this for over 30 years. I also recently joined the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. I enjoy hanging out with my “little.” I look forward to getting to know him better.
I have been happily married to my lovely wife, Tammy, for 31 years. We have three grown children and four grandchildren. Everyone lives close enough for us to see them often. Family is important to me, for family is one thing I can take to Heaven with me.
WMP Partners Around the World
World Missionary Press supplies Scripture booklets in many languages to 31 African nations where an Every Home for Christ national director is either a major distributor of WMP materials or serves as WMP’s volunteer national coordinator. Several container shipments are in transit. Several more are listed on future printing schedules, with some already in production.
WMP: Could you please describe your current ministry with EHC?
Joshua: As Ministry Relations Advocate, I serve as communications liaison between Every Home for Christ International headquarters in Colorado Springs and our 43 ministry directors in sub-Saharan Africa. These directors represent 40 nations in Africa, hundreds of staff, and thousands of volunteer evangelists. I have served in this role since the summer of 2015.
WMP: How does the availability of free literature affect evangelism in sub-Saharan Africa?
Joshua: I know that WMP literature increases the scale of our work in every nation that uses it. There is a cost to everything—even hosting an outreach where volunteers are trained and sent. When the material we use is gifted by WMP, we are able to host more trainings, mobilize more outreaches, and afford the follow-up efforts needed to disciple those who respond to the evangelistic pieces. We often equip partner churches with enough WMP literature to maintain consistent outreach in their respective communities. EHC gives the gift of training, and WMP gives the gift of material that prompts churches to reach their neighbors and add new believers to their churches. This excites and motivates pastors and whole communities throughout Africa.
WMP: What challenges face those who distribute literature in these countries?
Joshua: This varies from place to place. Several nations in Africa contain areas of strong social opposition to evangelism. Muslim and Animist communities often resist our workers and Christian material by rejecting, threatening, and even harming workers.
WMP: Can you give us an example of the effectiveness of the Scripture booklets and Bible studies?
Joshua: We heard from EHC Burundi in December 2016 that they were “reaching the schools of Mukenke . . . . The local administration was enthusiastically involved, and all the churches in the location. . . . [Many churches] worked together to share Jesus and give literature and Christian booklets from WMP. [They] were able to distribute all the literature from the stock in the region. It was well done, and many kids and students came to Jesus. The local administration said that God visited the region.”
Directors who work in volatile and hostile parts of Africa have sent thousands of WMP Scripture booklets like candles into the darkest regions around. In some nations where we have no formal presence, we send WMP Scripture booklets through ministry partners. Reports are few from those areas, but we do know that God’s Word is transforming people’s hearts and illuminating the darkness.