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Help From Above
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“Help From Above” is a collection of related verses of Scripture by subjects from various parts of the Bible. I believe the best commentary on Scripture is the Bible itself.

God’s Word comes “from above” and is indeed very helpful to hearts that hunger and thirst after righteousness. When a person repents, forsakes sin, invites the Lord Jesus Christ to dwell in his heart, and believes with all his heart on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the Lord will manifest Himself to him and impart His own joy and peace to the believer’s heart. I experienced this in 1937 and have enjoyed wonderful fellowship with the Lord ever since. I urge you to surrender to Him as your Savior and Lord NOW if you have not done so already. —Watson Goodman (1920-2002)

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Listen to Help From Above  as read by Mark Ward
Note for those learning English:  you might want to print a copy of Help From Above (English HFA pdf) so that you can practice pronunciation by reading and listening to the Scripture verses at the same time.

The Bible text used is from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers. Used by permission.

THE LOVE OF GOD — page 1

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But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. —John 13:1

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” —John 15:13

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. —Revelation 1:5

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” —John 3:16

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” —Jeremiah 31:3

THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST — page 2

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justi-fied in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory. —1 Timothy 3:16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, …full of grace and truth. —John 1:1 and 14

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” —Matthew 1:22, 23

“I and My Father are one.” —John 10:30

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” —John 14:9, 10

JESUS THE SON OF GOD — page 3

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Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. —1 John 4:15

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” —Luke 1:35

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” —Matthew 17:5

He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him “You have both seen Him [the Son of God] and it is He who is talking with you.” —John 9:36, 37

For in Him [Christ Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the God-head bodily. —Colossians 2:9

JESUS TELLS US WHO HE IS — page 4

And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” —John 8:23 and 58

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” —John 4:25, 26

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” —John 6:35; 9:5

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” —John 10:7

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” —John 11:25

“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” —John 13:13

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” —John 14:6

SOME MIRACLES JESUS DID — page 5

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Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. —Matthew 14:19-21

But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. —Luke 5:5, 6

And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son Of David!” So Jesus …said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. —Matthew 20:30 and 32b-34

JESUS CHRIST IS CREATOR AND LORD — page 6

God who created all things through Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 3:9b

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. —Colossians 1:16

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. —John 1:3

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. —Philippians 2:11

God…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. —Hebrews 1:1a, 2

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” —Acts 2:36

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. —Romans 14:9

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. —1 Corinthians 1:9

JESUS CHRIST IS JUDGE OF ALL — page 7

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But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. —Romans 14:10

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. —2 Timothy 4:1

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” —Matthew 25:31-32

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.” —John 5:22

In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. —Romans 2:16

“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” —Acts 10:42

REDEMPTION ONLY THROUGH CHRIST — page 8

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” —John 14:6

“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” —John 8:24

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. —Hebrews 5:9

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. —Romans 3:23, 24

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them. —Hebrews 7:25

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. —1 Thessalonians 5:9

REDEMPTION ONLY THROUGH CHRIST — page 9

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But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God­and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. —1 Corinthians 1:30

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. —Titus 2:14

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. —Colossians 1:12-14

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” —Luke 19:10

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” —Revelation 5:9

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. —Ephesians 5:2

THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST’S BLOOD — page 10

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. —Romans 5:9

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. —Ephesians 1:7

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” —Matthew 26:28

Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. —1 Peter 1:18, 19

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:7

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? —Hebrews 9:14

We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. —Romans 5:11b

SALVATION BY FAITH IN CHRIST — page 11

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For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. —Ephesians 2:8, 9

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:1

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. —Galatians 5:6

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved….” —Acts 16:31b

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. —1 John 5:4

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” —John 6:28, 29

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. —John 20:31

GOD’S MERCY — page 12

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. —2 Corinthians 1:3

Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. —Micah 7:18

For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. —Psalm 108:4

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22, 23

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. —Psalm 103:11, 17

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. —Titus 3:5

GOD INVITES US TO COME TO HIM — page 13

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“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” —Isaiah 1:18

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. —Revelation 22:17

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” —Isaiah 55:1

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” —John 7:37

But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” —Mark 10:14

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28

NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN — page 14

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. —1 John 3:10

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” —Romans 8:14, 15

That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. —Philippians 2:15

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you.” —2 Corinthians 6:17, 18a

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. —John 1:12

WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT STRONG DRINK — page 15

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Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish, ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. —Galatians 5:19-21

Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. —Romans 13:13, 14

Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them! —Isaiah 5:11

Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. —Proverbs 23:31, 32

Wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink arouses brawling, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. —Proverbs 20:1

SINCERITY IS NOT ENOUGH — page 16

Jesus said to him, “`You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” —Matthew 22:37, 38

“Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: `Do not commit adultery,’ `Do not murder,’ `Do not steal,’ `Do not bear false witness,’ `Do not defraud,’ `Honor your father and your mother.'” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away grieved, for he had great possessions. —Mark 10:17b-22

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. —Proverbs 16:25

BE NOT DECEIVED — page 17

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Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. —Galatians 6:7

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. —1 John 3:7, 8a

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. —1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. —Ephesians 5:6

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. —James 1:22

For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. —Galatians 6:3

“For many will come in My name, saying, `I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” —Matthew 24:5

SIN BRINGS DEATH — page 18

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. —Romans 5:12

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. —James 1:15

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. —Romans 8:6, 7

“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” —Ezekiel 18:20

“`It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'” —Luke 15:32

As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. —Proverbs 11:19

For the wages of sin is death. —Romans 6:23a

CHRIST CONQUERED DEATH — page 19

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And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. —Romans 1:4

Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” —John 11:43, 44

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” —John 10:17, 18

Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And he who was dead sat up and began to speak. —Luke 7:14, 15a

“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” —Revelation 1:18

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. —1 Corinthians 15:26

THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD — page 20

“[The LORD said,] `You shall have no other gods before Me.

`You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them….

`You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

`Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work ….

`Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you….

`You shall not murder.

`You shall not commit adultery.

`You shall not steal.

`You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

`You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.'” —Deuteronomy 5:7-21

YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM GOD — page 21

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“For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.” —Job 34:21, 22

“Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. —Jeremiah 23:24

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. —Psalm 139:7, 8 and 12

The eyes of the LORD are in every place. —Proverbs 15:3a

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. —Hebrews 4:13

“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT OF THE UNGODLY — page 22

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” —Matthew 13:41, 42

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. —Psalm 9:17

But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. —2 Peter 3:7

These shall be punished with destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. —2 Thessalonians 1:9

“And if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.” —Matthew 18:8

“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” —Matthew 25:46

JUDGMENT AHEAD — page 23

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“Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” —Acts 17:31

Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. —2 Peter 2:9

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. —2 Corinthians 5:10

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. —1 John 4:17

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. —Hebrews 9:27

And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works. —Revelation 20:12a

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. —Romans 14:12

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST — page 24

But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. —Romans 5:15

So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. —Romans 9:16

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5b

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. —2 Corinthians 8:9

But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Romans 5:20b, 21

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. —Acts 4:33

REPENTANCE — page 25

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“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” —Acts 17:30

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” —Luke 13:3

And saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” —Matthew 3:2

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” —Acts 2:38; 3:19

“Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed.” —Ezekiel 18:31a

He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. —Proverbs 28:13

For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. —2 Corinthians 7:10

THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS — page 26

“But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.” —Ezekiel 18:21

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” —Revelation 3:20

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. —Isaiah 55:7

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” —Matthew 6:14

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” —Mark 2:5

“Through this Man [Jesus] is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” —Acts 13:38b; 5:31

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” —Luke 24:47

SEPARATION FROM WORLDLINESS — page 27

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For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. —Titus 2:11, 12

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. —Colossians 3:2

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. —Ephesians 5:11

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. —1 John 2:15, 16

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. —James 4:4

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil.” —Isaiah 1:16

THE NEW BIRTH — page 28

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” —Ezekiel 36:26

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. —1 John 2:29; 5:18

But you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. —1 Corinthians 6:11b

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” —John 3:3

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17

Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. —1 Peter 1:23

DEAD TO SIN — RISEN IN CHRIST — page 29

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And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.  And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. —Ephesians 2:1 and 6

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed. —1 Peter 2:24

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. —Colossians 3:1-4

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. —Galatians 5:24,25

Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:2 and 11

ETERNAL LIFE — page 30

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. —Galatians 6:8

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:14, 15

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” —John 17:3

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” —John 3:36

…The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” —John 5:24

His own purpose and grace… has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. —2 Timothy 1:9b, 10

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION — page 31

Listen to Page 31 & 32

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. —Romans 8:16

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:11-13a

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” —John 14:21

The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. —Isaiah 32:17

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” —Galatians 4:6

By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. —1 John 4:13

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. —1 John 2:3

THE INDWELLING CHRIST GIVES JOY — page 32

“But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” —John 17:13

“I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” —John 16:22b

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. —Romans 14:17

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. —Isaiah 12:3

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” —Galatians 2:20

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” —John 15:11

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. —Psalm 16:11

Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. —1 Peter 1:8

OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD NECESSARY — page 33

Listen to Page 33 & 34

“However, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.” —1 Samuel 12:15

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? —Romans 6:16

And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. —2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God.” —Deuteronomy 11:26-28a

CONFESSION OF CHRIST NECESSARY — page 34

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. —Philippians 2:11

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” —Matthew 10:32, 33

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. —1 John 4:2

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. —1 John 4:15

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. —Romans 10:9, 10

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. —1 John 2:23

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” —Luke 9:26

SATAN — OUR ARCH ENEMY — page 35

Listen to Page 35 & 36

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith. —1 Peter 5:8, 9a

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Then Jesus said to him “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, `You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. —Matthew 4:1 and 10, 11

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. —Ephesians 6:10, 11

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. —2 Corinthians 10:4

He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him….he is a liar and the father of it. —John 8:44b

I also forgive…lest Satan should take advantage of us. —2 Corinthians 2:10b, 11a

VICTORY OVER SATAN — page 36

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. —Hebrews 2:14

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. —1 John 3:8

“To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” —Acts 26:18

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. —Romans 8:35 and 37

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. —James 4:7, 8a

Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. —John 12:31

LOVE, THE TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP — page 37

Listen to Page 37 & 38

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. —1 Corinthians 13:1

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. —Galatians 5:22, 23a

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” —John 21:16

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” —John 14:15

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? —1 John 4:20

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” —John 13:35

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. —1 John 3:14

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. —1 John 5:3

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST — page 38

Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. —Mark 16:9

Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. —Romans 4:25

“And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.” —Acts 10:39-41

And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” —John 20:26-28

THE RESURRECTION, OUR GLORIOUS HOPE — page 39

Listen to Page 39 & 40

“The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth ­- Those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” —John 5:25b and 28, 29

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. —Romans 6:3-5

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. —Romans 8:10, 11

HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD — page 40

For He has visited and redeemed His people,…to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” —Luke 1:68b, 74, 75

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. —2 Corinthians 7:1

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. —1 Thessalonians 4:1-4, 7

But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:15, 16

HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD — page 41

Listen to Page 41 & 42

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. —Hebrews 13:12

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,… and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness. —Ephesians 1:4; 4:24

A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. —Isaiah 35:8

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. —2 Peter 3:11

Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. —Hebrews 12:14

SPIRIT-FILLED MEN — page 42

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” —Luke 11:13

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. —Acts 4:31

“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” —Ezekiel 36:27

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. —Romans 8:9

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” —Acts 1:8a

For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. —Acts 11:24a

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. —Acts 13:52

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. —Ephesians 5:18

WONDERFUL PROMISES TO CHRISTIANS — page 43

Listen to Page 43 & 44

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. —Psalm 34:18

“For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” —Isaiah 66:2

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” —Mark 9:23

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. —1 Peter 4:12, 13

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” —Revelation 21:4

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” —Matthew 6:33

PROMISES TO THE TEMPTED — page 44

For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. —Hebrews 2:18

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. —Romans 16:20a

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. —Isaiah 43:2a

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. —1 Corinthians 10:13

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. —Psalm 34:19

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15

PROMISES TO OVERCOMERS — page 45

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“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” —Revelation 21:7

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” —Revelation 3:12

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” —Revelation 3:5

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” —Revelation 3:21

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” —Revelation 2:7

“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” —Revelation 2:26

GOD SPEAKS TO US ABOUT DIVORCE — page 46

Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. —1 Corinthians 7:10, 11, 39

For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. —Romans 7:2, 3

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.” —Luke 16:18

“But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery.” —Matthew 5:32a

JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN TO EARTH — page 47

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“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” —John 14:3

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” —Matthew 24:30

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father….” —Mark 8:38

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. —1 John 3:2, 3

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” —Luke 12:40

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” —Matthew 16:27

THE WORD OF GOD — page 48

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” —Luke 21:33

For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. —2 Peter 1:21

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. —2 Timothy 3:16

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —Psalm 119:105

PRAY AND FORGIVE

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” —Matthew 6:9-15

GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION

Listen to Page 49

I need a Savior.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23

But your iniquities have separated you from your God. —Isaiah 59:2a

Christ died for me.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. —1 Peter 3:18a

I need to repent of my sin.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. —Proverbs 28:13

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. —Acts 3:19a

I must receive Jesus by faith.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. —John 1:12

I can be sure of my salvation.
He who has the Son has life. —1 John 5:12a

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” —John 5:24

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September 2019 Newsletter

Help from Above in Times of Crisis

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” —Psalm 121:2

Across the globe, nations are in crisis, their people fearful, looking for hope. War, drought, political upheaval, disease, natural disaster—all can bring people to the brink of despair. As believers reach out with the love of God, they take with them words of hope and security that can come only from the Creator who loves everyone with an unfathomable love. Here is true help from above, the only source of lasting peace and comfort.

World Missionary Press Scripture booklets, available in 348 languages, are an invaluable tool in giving lasting comfort. Food for the body is accompanied by food for the soul. Water to alleviate thirst and prevent disease is shared with an introduction to the One who offers living water.

Once prosperous, Venezuela is in turmoil as hunger, violent crime, and political unrest have led more than three million from their homeland to seek survival and safety in other countries. We praise God for opportunities to minister to those who have left Venezuela and settled in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. Our national coordinator in Brazil asked for a special order (500,000 copies) of The Way to God booklets in Spanish. “With the political problem in Venezuela, very large numbers of immigrants are coming from that country, and with this there is a great opportunity to evangelize them.”

As personal crises deepen in Venezuela, the need for God’s Word grows greater. WMP will be sending a container of almost one million Scripture booklets, Bible studies, and New Testaments to our national coordinator there in response to his request for material while the door is still open to receive the shipment.

Frontline Fellowship reports from Sudan that while the news from that nation is filled with talk of war, riots, poverty, and persecution, their team experienced firsthand the powerful advance of Christ’s Church and a hunger for spiritual truth.

“More and more pathways for the gospel and discipleship are opening up in Sudan. I am constantly hearing testimonies of Sudanese coming to Christ in unconventional ways. Hundreds have surrendered to Jesus in refugee camps around North Africa. Many asylum seekers have heard the gospel, living in safer countries. People from all over Sudan have come to Christ through the opportunities made available by the effects of war. Some of these people are going back into Sudan to share the Good News with their families and friends.” —John C., South Africa

A recent WMP shipment to Frontline Fellowship included two million Scripture booklets in 15 languages for teams to distribute in countries from South Africa to Sudan. Here again, the joy of offering the Word of God in the language of each country is found in the ready acceptance of the booklets.

Civil unrest in Central African Republic has engulfed much of the country in violence and destruction. Hundreds of churches have been burned and yet the Spirit of the Lord cannot be deterred. A recent message from WMP’s national coordinator in CAR clearly describes the faithfulness of God’s people no matter the situation:

“Despite the very difficult environment under which our brethren are called to work, much progress is being made. With more than half of the country under rebel control, opportunities to share Christ with Muslims and nominal believers have never been greater.

“Just across the Oubangui river from Bangui, CAR is the town of Zongo in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We plan to open a new depot there to serve cities and towns in northern Congo with Scripture booklets. With new entry in our Bible schools and short-term missions teams preparing to reach many target areas in the region in August/September, our present stock of booklets and New Testaments is sure to be depleted. Kindly send us one 40-foot container and one 20-foot container for the depot in DRCongo in the first quarter of 2020.” —Edet O., Central African Republic

A report from Global Media Outreach noted that “12,000 Christians were physically attacked for their Christian beliefs in India in 2018. A recent report showed Christians in India experience ‘extreme persecution’ for their belief in Jesus. However, data suggests the gospel is still spreading at a record pace.”

In the face of growing persecution, Christians in India continue sharing their faith and showing the love of Christ, refusing to retaliate against those who falsely accuse or even attack them, their families, and their churches. Voice of the Martyrs reports that “despite greater government restrictions on Christianity, the Church is growing. The most growth is among those with Hindu backgrounds who have a deep spiritual hunger.” To support Indian Christians in their continuing ministries to all of India, WMP has recently sent another 40-foot container (2 million booklets) to our national coordinator, with three more container orders in process, one for our coordinator and two for another major distributor. Along with printing in India, WMP will have provided 20 million booklets for India this year.

These scenarios are being repeated in several other countries as well. In each case WMP works with national coordinators and major distributors to get the Word of God into the hands of those in crisis, offering hope and peace in a dark world. To do this we must have the resources available to send. Our partners are looking to us to aid in the rescue!

Summer has brought a cutback in our monthly production due to lower than budgeted monthly income. This means distributors waiting for new supplies will need to wait even longer. Our staff is praying daily for the Lord to provide the resources to not only get back to producing the equivalent of 7 million Scripture booklets per month, but to increase to a much higher monthly production level that will see shipments going out with exciting frequency and joy.

Will you help those standing up to the Enemy by providing God’s Word as their most effective weapon?

 

[You can help provide Scriptures for nations in crisis. Every donated dollar provides for production of 26 powerful Scripture booklets for people in their own language. Investing $100 will touch the lives of 2,600 people; $1,000 will impact 26,000 people who need to know God.]

 

Grateful Quotes

 

I gave my life to Christ 25 years ago.

“I pray and pass out WMP Scripture booklets daily. Twenty-five years ago, I gave my life to Christ after reading Who Am I That a King Would Die in My Place? I thank God for WMP and all the people who support this ministry.” —Isac G., Michigan

 

 

Meet the Team

Volunteers for Mailings

Volunteers have formed an integral part of World Missionary Press from the very beginning. Retirees, teens, adult Sunday-school groups, home-schoolers, and individuals find joy in stuffing envelopes and fellowshipping with other volunteers.

Over the course of 3 days each month, 20-25 volunteers (about 8-10 volunteers per day) stuff 16,000 envelopes with the WMP newsletter and other material. The average stuffing rate is about 1,000 newsletters per hour, saving considerable expense. What a blessing they are! And they receive a blessing as well.

 

I enjoy helping with the mailing to let others know what an amazing work goes on at World Missionary Press.” —Edna M.

 

“I enjoy the fellowship while serving the Lord with others.” —Joann M.

 

“The best thing that I like is knowing that God’s Word is going out to brothers and sisters in Christ who are not as fortunate as we are to have the Word. I also enjoy the fellowship. What could be better than to send out God’s Word and to enjoy fellowship with other sisters in Christ? Highlight of my month for sure.” —Coral M.

 

“I enjoy the environment as well as getting God’s Word out.” —Laura B.

 

Other mailings (introductory packets, letters to chaplains, Scripture-text Datebooks sent to prisoners, annual dinner invitations and DVD’s) also keep the volunteer room humming. Some volunteers are not able to assist on our bindery or other duties, but they can sit at a table and work with their hands and hearts, being a part of what God is doing through World Missionary Press.

Mailing volunteers work flexible hours between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on stuffing days. Some bring a snack or, if staying for the day, bring their lunch and eat in the kitchen with the staff. We are looking for additional volunteers to help during the winter months, when retirees often head south and teachers are back in school.

 

“We appreciate our volunteers giving of their valuable time to impact the world for Christ. They are making a difference and serving an important purpose in the work of the Lord. Thank you to all who help make this possible!”

—Karen M., WMP Volunteer Coordinator

 

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Soles for Jesus

Sub-Saharan Africa

 

It is always exciting when the Lord brings His people together to accomplish His purpose. Ministries with different emphases and contacts find themselves sharing in unique ways, being blessed and blessing people in distant places with God’s love. World Missionary Press has been privileged to partner with Soles for Jesus in several African countries. Meeting material needs in a spirit of servanthood opens hearts to receive the written Word of God.

Recently, Soles for Jesus (SFJ) contacted WMP regarding additional future joint shipments (shoes and Scripture booklets). Looking over the open orders and production status, we found that both ministries were preparing shipments for Lesotho in southern Africa. In just a matter of days, WMP shipped 632,000 Scripture booklets in English and Sesotho to the SFJ facility in Wisconsin to be combined with 4 pallets of donated shoes to share with the people of Lesotho. What a joy to see the Lord direct in such a wonderful way!

A second project for this year was also discussed, and plans were made to send a 20-foot container with 5 pallets of WMP literature and 5 pallets of shoes to Mozambique.

WMP is organizing a campaign to gather new or lightly-used shoes here at our plant in New Paris, Indiana, wrapping up during our Open House Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019. The shoes will then be sent to SFJ for processing. This is a unique opportunity for this area to show the love of Christ to adults and children in Mozambique who do not own a pair of shoes or who have outgrown what they have. Would your church or business like to be a collection point? Questions can be directed to WMP at 574-831-2111. Those who live too far away to bring shoes to WMP can contact SFJ directly at 414-365-1392 about being involved in this exciting opportunity.

Diane Studer of Soles for Jesus will be sharing as a Field Flash speaker at our annual Anniversary Dinner on October 19, 2019 at Maple City Chapel, Goshen, Indiana. Since 2009 SFJ has provided 476,000 shoes for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa in countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Swaziland. They offer an amazing way to be involved in providing for some of the 853,000,000 people of that part of Africa. Please visit the SFJ website at www.solesforjesus.org and learn “Why Shoes?”, “Ideas for Involvement,” and “How to Host a Shoe Drive Anywhere.” Or contact them by Email at info@solesforjesus.org.

WMP will soon be printing Scripture booklets for the upcoming Mozambique joint shipment. The five pallets from WMP will include 619,000 items in five languages, primarily Shona, Chisena, and Ndau. Donations toward this timely need can be made by calling WMP and referring to the special shipment for Mozambique. A $50.00 donation will provide Scripture booklets for 1,300 individuals as they are fitted with a pair of shoes in the name of Jesus.

 

Past collaboration between WMP and SFJ in Zambia resulted in a report that warmed our hearts. A village that had been closed to the gospel was open to receiving the gift of shoes for the people. As the shoes and Scripture booklets were shared, hearts were opened to the gospel message as well and new life entered that village. God used WMP and SFJ as a united team to open a door that was once shut.

 

 

 

 

 

 


AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

Meeting the Challenge

“For I, the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ ” —Isaiah 41:13

Darrell’s smile grew wider as he described trying to navigate tree-lined pathways that serve as roads in Haiti to reach a village that had no gospel presence. His smile reflected his joy at being able to take God’s Word and His love to this village. The difficulties in getting there just seemed to enhance the blessing of reaching some of the unreached.

In Cambodia, Tom and his team trekked over difficult roads to reach another village with words of life and hope. Years of trying journeys have not dampened his enthusiasm and faithfulness in pushing on to the farthest corners with the love of Jesus.

Teams in India continue to use World Missionary Press literature prayerfully and strategically in the face of growing opposition. “As the pioneer evangelism, church planting, leadership training, and intercessory prayer ministry is growing,” wrote J.K., “Satan is also busy in hindering the work in his own ways, which is nothing new to the early church.”

Reaching every home in the world with the Word of God seems to be an impossible task. Objections abound as to the practical details of such a vision, but our God is the God of the impossible, and His direction to His Church is to go into ALL the world—to preach the good news to ALL nations. As His people obey, His blessings flow.

The OIKOS Initiative of Every Home for Christ—to reach every home with the gospel in the next 20 years—is in full swing. From door to door, teams are sharing the gospel, leaving the written Word as a continuing testimony. World Missionary Press Scripture booklets are part of this challenging project in many nations.

EHC Mexico reported: “In the first six months of 2019, the Lord allowed us to reach 4.8% of the outreach we have as a goal until 2034. In May we distributed 933,134 pieces of literature and reached 427,420 homes. Our promoters are in the field, working hard with great faith as they mobilize every pastor and leader of evangelism they find in their own territories. If we continue with this faithful effort, the Lord will allow Mexico EHC to reach 100% of the national territory in less than 15 years! Pray for this, please.”

“Global Outreach Day was a success in both Mauritius and Rodrigues Island.” EHC Mauritius reported that 608 homes were reached in three towns, with 1,574 pieces of literature distributed by their members and partners from other organizations, and 39 positive responses. “We are waiting for a consignment of literature from our partner (World Missionary Press). Pray for safe arrival and smooth clearing through customs. We are extremely thankful to WMP for providing us with this literature which is used for the work of God. We pray for them to be always blessed for their amazing work.”

A newly established EHC office in Paraguay will soon receive a supply of WMP Scripture booklets to help meet their challenge. “It is a great joy for us to be able to receive this beautiful news that we are going to count on the WMP booklets. As an organization we have a challenge to reach 262,000 homes this year and through the volunteers leave a portion of the Word of God in each of them.”

From Africa came this response: “I was glad and grateful when I saw your forwarded mail attending to the dire need of literature in Liberia. World Missionary Press has always been a supportive arm to accomplishing the Great Commission task through printing literature and making it available to us for evangelism and discipleship.”

As Every Home for Christ Philippines gears up for their OIKOS Initiative project, they “are praying and thanking God as He blesses with more church partners, more strength, and more wisdom” to reach every single Philipino home in the next 20 years. “Thank you, dear partners at World Missionary Press! Thanks, and God bless your staff, your volunteers, and your donors. The materials that we receive from you will again bless every hand that will receive it.”

Recently WMP’s national coordinator in Puerto Rico, Adalberto S., contacted the EHC team there about coordinating coverage of every home in Puerto Rico as a part of the worldwide OIKOS Initiative. Touching every home in his country with the gospel has been a long-time desire of Brother Adalberto’s heart, and he prays for the Spirit of God to move over Puerto Rico through the combined efforts of many churches and Christian leaders as they join together in the OIKOS program.

Friends of WMP and EHC have taken on the challenge in their own way by financially sponsoring needs of the OIKOS initiative in a particular country. Supplies and staffing can be arranged and the work started more smoothly and effectively, making the timely completion of the project more possible.

In the past eight months WMP has shipped 17 million pieces of literature to EHC national directors in 13 countries. Current orders in line for production total 22 million items for 16 countries involved in the OIKOS Challenge. (Up to 25 percent of some shipments may be used for continuing requests from other ministries.)

Would you consider sponsoring one of these countries to help reach EVERY HOME?

Argentina

Madagascar

Congo/Brazzaville

Mexico

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Mozambique

Gabon

Paraguay

Haiti

Peru

Kazakhstan

Philippines

Lesotho

Sri Lanka

Liberia

Zambia

[You can help provide Scriptures for 16 nations involved in the OIKOS Challenge. Every donated dollar provides for production of 26 powerful Scripture booklets for people in their own language. Investing $100 will touch the lives of 2,600 people; $1,000 will impact 26,000 people who need to know God.]

 

 

Grateful Quotes

I’m writing this email from Afghanistan.

“It’s about 5 years that I’m following Jesus and learning Christ­ianity. I just download some topics from the internet and translate in my own language, then spread [it] between the followers who need God’s words. If you have any Christianity books in Dari language, kindly send me … for my people here in Afghanistan.

“I need to add that Afghanistan is an Islamic country. I’m very careful and hidden doing this holy job for Christ because I know He loves me as I love Him.

[After double-checking the postal address to ensure delivery, we sent the requested quantity of Dari Help from Above in February. He later sent word that the materials arrived safely!]

“Thank you so much for sending Scriptural literature. I have received it—1000 copies—and distributed to our people. It’s confirmed.”

—A., Afghanistan

 

 

President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

God’s Word is eternal, it’s life-changing, it accomplishes His purposes. God’s Word is a sharp sword, dividing even between soul and spirit, a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

What we are doing together—donors, volunteers, prayer warriors, distributors, staff—is bringing the light of God’s Word to those living in darkness. The harvest today is VAST. The potential to reach billions is real. It’s urgent. TODAY is the day of salvation.

Over the past several weeks we’ve introduced two new products, Who Do You Say That I Am?, and the God Loves You! salvation coloring book—both full of God’s Word, both pointing people to Jesus. Today I want to share about two more tools for the Harvest: The Path to Life and Alive in Christ.

The Path to Life is an 8-panel full-color handout with Scripture verses introducing people to their need for a savior, and the redemption available through Jesus. You can view The Path to Life here: www.wmp-path.org.

Alive in Christ is a discipleship booklet, intended to help new believers discover who they are in Christ, and who Christ is in them. It helps Christians discover more about their new identity as children of the living God, and what it means to live in the light of eternity. Visit www.wmp-alive.org to read Alive in Christ.

We have been challenging you recently to join with us in stepping up to the next level. We are ready, the need is compelling. The significance of your partnership cannot be measured in earthly terms. Thank you for joining us, as we wade into today’s harvest!

 Harold Mack
WMP President

 

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Laurent T.

Cameroon

World Missionary Press has partnered with Every Home for Christ in Cameroon for almost 16 years, providing more than 8,000,000 Scripture booklets, Bible studies, New Testaments, and salvation coloring books. Since 2011 Laurent T. has been EHC’s national director and WMP’s national coordinator in Cameroon. We welcome this opportunity to introduce Laurent to our readers.

WMP: Please describe your background and current ministry.

Laurent: I worked for 11 years with the Cameroon Bible Student Fellowship, preaching the gospel and monitoring students in two regions of my country. I have also been a parish pastor. Today by God’s grace I am working with EHC with the opportunity of reaching in a systematic way every home of my country with the Good News.

WMP: How long have you been involved in distributing WMP literature?

Laurent: I have been using WMP literature since I became a believer in 1986! I grew up with gospel literature. When I joined EHC Cameroon in 2011, I discovered that WMP was a privileged partner of this ministry. Very quickly, I realized that all the churches and brothers who love evangelism are constantly refueling with WMP booklets. Christian literature is an indispensable tool for us, not only to create contacts, but also to speak permanently when we leave it in a house, or when we give it to someone on the street.

WMP: How does the availability of free literature affect evangelism in your country?

Laurent: In the past, personal evangelism in our country suffered much because of a lack of literature. EHC-CAMEROON, with the support of its partner WMP, has made free evangelical literature accessible to Christian communities and Christ groups, even in the most remote parts of the country. This “evangelical seed” has made it possible for EHC-CAMEROON to partner with hundreds of churches and volunteers who are deployed daily in evangelism. It has also made the message of the gospel permanent in homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, military barracks, etc. The proof is how many new distribution points needed to be established. In 2011 we started with five mission fields in three regions of our country. We now have sixteen mission fields in the ten regions of Cameroon because of the ever-increasing demand both for evangelism and for follow up. We have noticed that Christians are more willing to use the booklets as a springboard to start a discussion with someone with whom they want to share the gospel.

WMP: How long does a shipment of WMP literature last?

Laurent: While we work with more than 300 Christian assemblies throughout Cameroon, about 170 churches have a systematic evangelistic work in their localities. Several Christian ministries also use tracts to achieve their goals. The demand is such that we can distribute the equivalent of one 20-foot container of booklets per year. It would be better to have a 40-foot container to last two years.

WMP: How would you describe the effectiveness of WMP material?

Laurent: The topics covered in WMP Scripture booklets meet the needs of people in our country. For example, Satan Versus CHRIST has been effective among those who suffered demonic attacks and in convincing people of the sin of idolatry. In one area it was the main booklet used that could really speak and transform people. The Power of God has been used effectively in families going through various sufferings to demonstrate that Jesus is more powerful than anything else.

The Way to God beats the record of demand by volunteers and partners for evangelism. Personally, I experienced a lot of lives transformed through this booklet. The salvation coloring book for children so captivates families and older people that follow-up becomes easy after leaving it in homes. New Testaments in French and Arabic help converts become familiar with the Good News. They are much preferred over other types of New Testaments because of the topics with verses that help believers study the Bible.

More and more churches are dividing their big assemblies into small disciple-training groups where they study our literature. These booklets appear to be the most efficacious way of keeping Christians balanced and unshakable in the faith.


July 2019 Newsletter

Seeing God at Work in Europe

 

With great joy we share our thoughts and observations after visiting four European countries on a ten-day trip, talking to distributors and seeing first-hand how WMP literature is used, appreciated, and needed. We felt the Spirit’s presence in each country as we saw the devotion and faithfulness of missionaries, evangelists, and individuals to the call of God to ‘go and tell!’

—WMP 2019 Europe Team

 

Romania: A Light Shining in the Darkness

 

Pastor Raul pointed to a map on his office wall. Colored pins marked the cities and villages where 60 missionaries had established a presence for the gospel. In southern Romania, where 7,000 villages have no evangelical church, only a handful of pins were on the map. But Raul was encouraged and moved on to the next map which showed another county and then to a map of the Balkan nations. They would keep on until all the maps were filled with pins!

 

As the WMP team that recently visited this less-reached region of Romania, we found a mission force fully committed to the work in spite of difficulties and few responses to the gospel. Missionaries must gain the trust of the people, and that takes time and devotion. Mircea and Cornelia have labored in a small community on the Danube for seven years with only a handful of people responding to the gospel, and yet they have a vision to establish a Bible-training center there on the banks of the Danube!

 

Each missionary we met expressed great appreciation for the Scripture booklets and a desire to have them more available to use as their situation directed. Many had used WMP booklets for years, pointing out that the booklets—presenting the Word of God—can stay with someone to be read over and over. This is invaluable in a place where overt evangelism is difficult. Although the work is hard and people are bound by poverty and remnants of a Communist worldview, the WMP team felt the strong presence of the Spirit of God moving through these faithful ones to bring precious souls to the Savior.

 

Finland: Revitalizing a Strong Christian Tradition

 

Visiting with WMP’s national coordinator in Finland was most encouraging and revealing. While WMP communicates regularly with its national coordinators by email and phone, sitting down to talk and share a meal gives new insight into a person and their vision. Brother Ali has a passion to reach the lost, with a focus on those who have been rejected by society, working with ex-criminals to present the transformative power of the gospel. Ali’s time is given to presenting public evangelism activities, working with ethnic groups through the Scripture booklets to reach specific communities, and daily providing WMP literature to churches and individuals who call and ask for more and more booklets in a variety of languages. New doors are opening to send material into neighboring countries, including Germany and Russia, to support growing outreach efforts.

While Finland has a strong Christian tradition, it is a secular nation that is generally affluent and peaceful. The power of the gospel witness has been blunted by humanism and materialism. Here again, however, the WMP team found a vibrant Christian community, including many from African nations working alongside Finnish believers to present Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and Friend.

 

Sweden: A Change in the Air

 

WMP has seen an increase in requests for Scripture booklets from Sweden in recent years, so it was exciting to hear from some of these new distributors as they shared how they use the booklets in the ministry the Lord has given each of them. A retired couple works with the homeless, building relationships and sharing the love of God in practical ways as well as through the written Word. An Iraqi evangelist is on the streets and in Stockholm’s central plaza almost daily with a book table filled with WMP Scripture booklets and other Christian literature. A former drug addict, he is a visible, passionate representative of the One who brought him from death to life.

 

A group of street evangelists shared their appreciation for the Scripture booklets in Swedish, commenting that because the booklets are often out of stock in the WMP plant, the evangelists consider them precious and highly valuable. They are eager to have an additional title available in Swedish to help counter the growing influence of Jehovah’s Witnesses. As in Finland, Sweden has experienced an influx of immigrants from African nations. A pastor from Nigeria shared an earnest testimony of seeing a change in the culture as more and more people are open to receive the Scripture booklets and discover what God has to say. While many traditional churches have declined over the years, there is new life in these young street evangelists, ethnic churches, and newly-established Swedish congregations. WMP will be looking for ways to keep supplies of Scripture booklets on hand in Sweden to fill the growing demand.

 

 

Norway: Transforming Norway

The WMP team was able to deliver 13 boxes (6,500 booklets) in Norwegian to Pastor Ferkah in response to his appeal for Christian literature for his congregation’s intensive soul-winning campaign in the capital city of Oslo from May to September. This is just one example of the increasing number of requests from Norway, where believers have a vision to reach the growing Muslim population, immigrants, and nominal Christians with the message of life eternal through Jesus Christ.

Operation World reports: “Oslo and the surrounding area have a lower number of evangelical Christians, but over half the population live in these areas. Norwegians of a non-Christian persuasion are concentrated here. The majority of adherents to other religions also reside in and around Oslo. To see Norway truly transformed, Oslo must be a focal point of church planting and ministry.”

 

A long-time WMP distributor described how he shares the booklets in various languages in shops and in personal evangelism in Oslo. WMP currently has 103 active distributors in Norway, with more than 80 in and around Oslo. A couple in the far north uses WMP literature in their airbnb apartment rentals, in which many different nationalities stay. This year, five people came to faith in Jesus through reading the Scripture booklets while on vacation.

 

Every step of the way we met brothers and sisters in Christ intent on reaching their communities and nations for Christ—caring for the needy, lifting up the fallen, welcoming the stranger, and drawing back the wayward. What a privilege it was to meet them and offer them assistance through WMP literature in multiple languages! We came home challenged and humbled, ready to follow their example and put our hands to the work of the Savior.

 

Please visit: WMP-Europe.org to view a video report of the Europe trip.

 

[You can help provide Scriptures for Europe and around the world. Every donated dollar funds the production of 26 powerful Scripture booklets for people in their own language. An investment of $100 will touch the lives of 2,600 people; $1,000 will impact 26,000 people who need to know God.]

 

 

Grateful Quotes

 

A framework for walking with Christ.

 

Help from Above was a huge encouragement and help for me as a new Christian back in the 1970’s. Back then I corresponded with WMP and ordered a quantity of booklets. I have now been a pastor for thirty years, and after not being in touch with WMP for many years, I remembered your ministry and your publication. I remember how these key Scriptures helped give me a framework for walking with Christ and a foundation for understanding. I believe I will be able to make good use of HFA in conversations with people just coming to faith—both outside our church context and within the church. Thank you for your ministry!”

—Michael W., California

 

 

Meet the Team

 

Brad L., Artist

 

[Brad recently illustrated the cover and inside pictures for WMP’s new Who Do You Say That I Am? booklet.]

 

I moved to Indiana to get closer to jobs and industry. I had a client in South Bend who sometimes requested auto­motive illustrations, but I was unable to find another client. I began working part-time at a grocery store and met Karen, a cashier. Learning we’re both Christians, I explained my frustration at a lack of art jobs. She told me her husband, Steve, worked at World Missionary Press and that I should visit. After a few months, I finally scheduled a tour and then filled out an application. I stapled a few examples of my work to the back page and said a prayer.

 

About two weeks later, Harold and Andrew requested an interview. We spent 2½ hours getting to know each other and almost immediately I was asked to re-design the cover for the Bible study on Psalms.

 

For the past year I’ve been happily working for Andrew in the art department, helping update the artwork in some of the booklets. Artwork has always been used to help readers understand the lessons. I provide Harold and Andrew with sketches and concepts for review, then refine the rough sketches into finished artwork. It has required me to learn to illustrate digitally—an “old dog” learning new tricks!

 

I feel a sense of accomplishment because my art is finally being used for the Lord’s work. These booklets are on the front lines of ministry. My work as an industrial designer for 25 years was always for secular clients, as was my automotive illustration for the following 20 years. Now that I am working with WMP, my work is used overtly for the spread of the gospel.

 

My wife Sheryl and I have been married more than 30 years and have two adopted children. Jacob is in the Marines, and Jacki is in high school. Sheryl and I are both artists and work from studios in our home. She specializes in equine art and, until recently, I specialized in automotive art. I’ve been a car-nut all my life. I appreciate vintage cars as well as small-scale models and have collected both for over 40 years.

 

I’ve also spent many a late night working on writing and illustrating a series of kid’s books. I feel a burden to create stories for younger readers that have underlying Christian themes.

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 2019 Newsletter

Offering the Word of God to the World

Last month we presented a world map showing the scope of WMP’s activity around the world through national coordinators, major distributors, and individual believers. We will return to our regular format next month but we want to offer another look at the map with the current status of shipments to each country. New doors continue to open and we must be ready to respond to those openings. The current world population is listed at 7.7 billion with a population growth of 25.6 million per year! As encouraging as this map is, it also represents the vast harvest field of souls yet to be reached.

As WMP’s partners around the world share topical Scripture booklets, they often experience the joy of seeing heavy hearts released from their burdens, lives rebuilt in God’s design, and communities transformed into centers of peace. They are eager to receive more and more booklets to share with more and more homes and villages, even into regions where the power of God’s Word has not yet been released.

 

Indonesia

“Tsunamis and floods occurred in several places in Indonesia. This meant a change for us distributing the Word of God. As churches provided rice, food, and other needs, our teams had opportunity to distribute 20,000 WMP booklets. When floods happened in Manado, our workers had opportunity to distribute 8,000 booklets. This year our workers will start visiting schools they have not visited before. Now our stock for Help from Above and The Way to God is less than 30,000 copies. We are surprised with the unsuspected opportunities we still have.”

—Frans K.

 

Philippines

“The Philippines is made up of around 7,641 islands, with eight major dialects. The need to reach out to people through the Scripture booklets is always increasing and challenging at the same time. The Muslim population is growing fast. That is why we are asking for more of your reading materials here in our beloved nation.”

—Rene L.

 

Malawi

“Is it possible to make two requests for literature this time around? There is [such] a huge request for literature now that I feel it may not be possible to meet the demand in one consignment.”

—Gilford M.

 

Finland

“I have the material in different parts of Finland. Now Russia, Estonia, and Germany are opening up, and in the summer, they are going to pick up a lot of literature. In Germany, they need a lot of material. They do a lot of work and now I get them Arabic material also.”

—Ali M.

 

Ethiopia

“In a country like Ethiopia this literature is a [bright] hope for that Muslim woman that is scared to be seen associating with Christians or for that young farmer boy that lives far in the rural areas where people can’t reach him. This literature is a means for them to see things from a different perspective than the reality they live in.”

—Sam B., EHC Ethiopia

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

“How great was our joy to receive this literature, which constitutes for us a powerful lever in the hands of God for the salvation of souls. We divided the booklets into five parts, then each part was sent for distribution in the villages which surround the city of Kikwit. Unfortunately, the amount was very small for Kikwit, which has more than 700,000 inhabitants. It is difficult to find even a portion of the Word of God in these villages. We received from these villages many testimonies of the souls blessed by the booklets. Thus, to allow us to continue our evangelical work, we kindly ask you to send us a large amount of literature in French and Lingala.”

—Charma W. 

Venezuela

“Venezuela has been in the news, over and again, during the past months. As Christians, we ought to awaken and realize that there is a great spiritual battle going on in all that has to do with Venezuela. The Holy Spirit is working, and the end result will be a great harvest of souls. We are grateful for the partnership with World Missionary Press, and very, very grateful for their help in reaching the multitudes in this country.”

—Hiske E.

 

Colombia

“We can use as much [literature] as you can send. We presently have a network of 300 churches and over 4,000 people.”

—John R.

 

USA

“I personally received a couple of boxes of this booklet (The Amazing Life of Jesus Christ) last year. So many people got saved and blessed by your work. Now I need more and more boxes every week, because many people are coming to Jesus.”

—Marle I.

 

 

Watch and pray as Alison B. shares about shipment status and the great need to provide for a backlog of 120+ million booklets:  https://youtu.be/OftLvE0a0yQ

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team

Liz M.

Volunteer

 

I retired over seven years ago after many years of factory work and quickly settled into enjoying not getting up early for my job. But soon I realized I wanted to do something with my days that was productive, meaningful, a way of serving other people. One day I was having lunch with a friend who works full time at World Missionary Press. She shared how much she enjoys her work, how friendly the people are, just like family, and how meaningful it is to be involved in sending Scripture to people all over the world who do not have it. Listening to her, I knew that was what I longed for, so I went into the office to see if there was anything I could do—and there was! The following week I started working as a volunteer a couple times a week. It’s thrilling to hear accounts of people who receive booklets and, with the help of missionaries and pastors, not only believe, but grow and remain steadfast in their faith, serving the Lord themselves. It is important to me to pray for the people who receive the booklets going out each day.

 

My husband, Ray, and I have been married 51 years. We have three children, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. We are so happy they live locally and that we get to spend time with them. Ray enjoys playing the tuba with local community and brass bands and I enjoy playing the keyboard on the worship team at our church. I also enjoy making greeting cards, which can be a way of encouraging others.

 

 


August 2018 Newsletter

Vital Partnerships in Reaching Every Island and Village in the Philippines

One day a faithful gospel worker knocked on the door of a home in the Philippines. The man who lived there was known as a violent, drunken abuser with many vices. The visitor left a Scripture booklet at the home and traveled on. As a result of that encounter, the man accepted Christ as Savior and now happily attends a local church.

The availability of free Scripture booklets for such distribution is a vital key in fulfilling the mission of bringing the gospel to every home in the Philippines.

Emer E., National Director for Every Home for Christ (EHC) in the Philippines, expressed the importance of working together. “Without partners like you (World Missionary Press), how are we able to bring this sign of hope, the gospel message of salvation, to every doorstep in the Philippines?”

 

The enormity of reaching every home in a nation of 103 million people—spread over 7,500 islands (700 are inhabited), making up 81 provinces and 120 cities—requires great effort and expense. Receiving a supply of WMP Scripture booklets free of charge is a great help in light of limited local resources to bring Christian literature to every home.

EHC reports that literature distribution has resulted in enormous response and exciting testimonies! The simple, clear message of the gospel can reach through any confusion and deception of traditional or tribal religion. When offered a Scripture booklet, a devout woman of another religion received the message and is now serving the Lord with excitement and joy.

WMP has provided Scripture booklets for our national coordinators in the Philippines for almost 30 years and for EHC for 8 years. Over these years, WMP has provided these partners 27,901,000 pieces of literature with two new shipments currently in process.

“Boxes of the booklets are distributed through mail and shipping, especially in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao, where some of the provinces are infiltrated by communist and Muslim rebels,” wrote Rene L., WMP’s National Coordinator for the Philippines. “Our distributors in this area are fearlessly bringing the Scripture booklets from street to street and house to house, knowing that the Word of God will not return void when it reaches the hearts of their neighborhoods. Some churches there are also doing massive evangelism through these booklets and as a result, new converts are added to their churches.

“Late last year, Bishop Vic R. visited our warehouse here in Bataan to pick up some boxes. What he told me amazed and inspired me. Upon entering our warehouse, he asked for a specific booklet—Help from Above. He wanted to see that booklet again because, according to him, that was the booklet he was reading back in 1982 in college. He said that while sitting in the office of his subordinate, he found this booklet inside the drawer of a table, and while reading it, his subordinate came and shared with him what was in the booklet. Through that booklet he was converted, and today Bishop Vic R. is 53 years old and oversees 30 pastors with 30 churches. Hallelujah! He has been a blessing in many churches all over the Philippines. He is truly unstoppable in spreading God’s Word through these booklets. Today many Christians are inspired and challenged by his testimony to boldly spread the gospel of salvation through these booklets.”

Pastor Rene concluded, “We are praying that the great demand for these booklets will be met through the generosity of hearts there in America. May the Lord continue to touch your lives as we move forward to this great harvest in the end times.”

[YOU can help supply powerful Scripture booklets for the Philippines and around the world. A gift of $50 will provide for the production of 1,300 Scripture booklets; $200 will help produce more than 5,000 booklets!]

 

 

Grateful Quotes

Sharing a treasure—Help From Above

“I shall be handing out these [booklets] as I seek to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and show God’s love for all people in my home area. Almost 90% of the population in this area are Chinese nationals, and many now eagerly respond to the gospel. We have many false religions about, so the work of evangelizing for Christ Jesus is very important all the time.

Help From Above is an important booklet to give to new or [mature] Christians. This is the booklet I received over 40 years ago when I was growing in the faith. I have treasured this booklet and love to share it with others. It is my reward to see a face light up with the words of Jesus and His gospel and to hear a voice say, ‘I believe in Jesus.’

“THANK YOU in the name of Jesus for your work for Him and His glory, and for enabling the gospel and the Word of God to go forth in these wonderful days of missionary work. God bless you.” —Alison R., Australia

 

Meet the Team

Landon K.

IT Assistant

I first heard about World Missionary Press when my high-school youth group volunteered here for one of the marathon events that goes late into the night.

I was coming to the end of a college internship in October of 2017 when my dad heard an advertisement on WFRN for an open house tour of WMP. He ended up going and found there was a full-time position available in the IT Department. Initially I thought WMP would be a good place to work because of the positive and caring environment and that this would be a wonderful opportunity to give back to God after all He had done to get me through college. I thought income could be somewhat of a challenge, but as the Lord had provided so much for me time and again, I went ahead and applied and have been working here since November of 2017.

My main duty is assisting Greg, WMP’s Systems Manager, in helping employees of WMP when their computers have issues (or refuse to work altogether). I also put together informational presentations about WMP that are displayed for staff, volunteers, and visitors to view throughout the day.

I love seeing a group of people come together like a family and truly care for each other beyond the expectations of a standard work environment. Although I don’t always express this, due to my somewhat reserved nature, I truly appreciate all that the WMP staff does for me and admire what they do for each other.

When I’m not working, I’m either volunteering at my church youth group or spending quality time with friends and family. I play sports and bike for exercise and enjoy reading from time to time. I keep my mind sharp by playing strategic board and video games and by working on jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles. I am currently living at home with my parents and have an older sister who has been married almost two years.

 

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Harry and Echo V., Swaziland

Harry and Echo V. with The Luke Commission (TLC) have been using WMP literature in Swaziland, a small African nation, since 2005. From a small shipment of 303 boxes to a full 20-foot container with 2,560 ten-pound boxes of Scripture booklets, Bible studies, and salvation coloring books in English, SiSwati, and Zulu, their involvement with World Missionary Press has grown as opportunities to minister to the Swazi people have grown.

 

WMP: Please describe the vision and purpose of your ministry.

TLC: The primary purpose of The Luke Commission Compassionate Ministry is to take Jesus Christ to those who are physically and spiritually sick. By establishing a strong trusting relationship with patients, the gospel is received with greater confidence. Operating since 2005 under the direction of Dr. Harry and Echo V., we take free healthcare to the most isolated and under-served populations in partnership with the Swazi people and the Ministry of Health.

 

WMP: How does WMP literature help fulfill your purpose?

TLC: Since first partnering with World Missionary Press in 2005, we have distributed thousands of your Scripture booklets at TLC rural mobile hospital outreaches set up at rural Swazi schools throughout Swaziland. Every adult patient who sees one of TLC’s doctors receives a booklet in SiSwati. TLC so appreciates that way back at the beginning of the ministry, when we could not find any tracts written in SiSwati, World Missionary Press stepped forward and offered to print two Scripture booklets—The Way to God and Help from Above—in the languages of the people we serve.

Thirteen years later, these booklets are still preferences among the patients and their families. We watch Swazis read them and put them in their pockets for later, knowing they are hearing from Jesus through your booklets. Countless booklets and Bible studies are also circulated in English, which is taught extensively in Swazi schools.

WMP: How does the printed material from WMP touch the hearts of the children you treat?

TLC: Receiving a booklet declares a child’s worth in the eyes of Jesus and His followers. It gives them something to call their own as well as something to share. It lets them read about God in their own language or gives them practice in English while receiving the clear gospel message. Their delight is obvious in their smiles and the skips in their steps.

 

WMP: Please explain how WMP booklets reach throughout Swaziland.

TLC: Every patient, young and old, who comes through the pharmacy is given two or three WMP booklets in their bags of medications. Hundreds of patients from each medical outreach take these booklets home to read at their leisure, to absorb as the Holy Spirit leads, and to share with family and friends.

In the past 13 years, TLC has given two million services free to Swazis who live in rural, often forgotten regions. Accompanying those services, and the patients who receive them, are the printed Scripture booklets from World Missionary Press. To God be the glory!

“When we first drove up to the World Missionary Press headquarters in Indiana years ago, your staff helped us load our SUV with booklets bound for Swaziland. We were impressed by their commitment to spread the words of Jesus to people throughout the world. That commitment and your partnership with us have never faltered. Now we receive containers in Swaziland, and for that we are more than grateful.” —Dr. Harry V., chief medical officer and co-founder of The Luke Commission

 


July 2018 Newsletter

APRIL IN ZAMBIA IS A MONTH when most people in rural areas are harvesting their crops, so Every Home for Christ (EHC)-Zambia made plans to conduct most home-to-home outreaches in the afternoons after people returned home from their fields.

During the month of April, 45,000 pieces of literature were distributed by 819 volunteers to 44,382 homes across the nation, and 1,496 souls were won to Christ. What “showers of blessing” in just one month! Pioneer missionaries made follow-up visits to the new converts in their communities. New believers who did not belong to any church were placed in already-existing Christ groups so they could be nurtured spiritually. World Missionary Press Scripture booklets such as The Amazing Life of Christ and How to Know God played a key role in the April campaign.

Snatched from fire by The Amazing Life of Jesus Christ

Siampeyo of Kayuni village used to drink beer every day. He says, “My family never saw me in a sober state. I went to bed drunk and would start drinking early in the morning. People of my village nicknamed me ‘the moving grave.’ But April 11, 2018, was a different day for me. As I arrived home, I was met by people leaving my home. Seeing the state I was in, one of them handed me a gospel booklet. He never spoke a word, and they left.

“The following day, I sat down and tried to read. The bold words on the booklet read The Amazing Life of Jesus Christ. At the end of the booklet were instructions on how to pray to God for salvation. I did as I was instructed, and I received such peace in my heart. For the very first time, my family saw me in a sober state, and I started reading that booklet to my family members. After a few days, I called the number on the back of the booklet and one of the EHC-Zambia team members answered. I thank God my family has since joined a Christ group. I was snatched from fire by words in this booklet.”

“I don’t miss my old friends anymore”

Efas was 26 years old and not a believer.  On April 2, 2018, an EHC-Zambia team introduced Christ to him through the booklet How to Know God. By God’s grace, Efas accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, then spent days reading the booklet that had helped him come to know the Lord. When the EHC-Zambia team returned to his house, they introduced him to a Christ group, where he is learning more about Jesus and enjoying fellowship with others. “I don’t miss my old friends anymore,” he says. “I have new friends in the Lord.”

“The devil blinded me, but Jesus opened my eyes”

Stanley is 32 years old and works for the Ministry of Health as a Lab Technician. He had been going to church but was also involved in sinful activities. However after receiving the Word of God from a Pioneer missionary, his understanding about Christianity changed. Through the booklet, The Amazing Life of Jesus Christ, he came to understand that Christianity was about having a personal relationship with God. “I renewed my commitment to Christ as I received Him as Lord of my life. I thank God my eyes have been opened. Now I know the truth, and no one will take me away from the Lord.”

 

“My life will never be the same again”

Medrine, a Pioneer missionary, has discovered that people are hungry for the Word of God. “I have seen people transformed and become responsible people. The training has helped me in training others in evangelism and discipleship. I can boldly testify that my life, my family, and our church will never be the same again in terms of knowing, serving, and sharing Christ with others.”

Every Home for Christ–Zambia anticipates mobilizing 25 churches in July for the Harvest Project among Lozi-speaking people in Mongu, Western Province of Zambia. Please pray as more volunteers are trained to reach home-to-home and that God will draw hearts to Himself in this new outreach.

[YOU can help supply powerful Scripture booklets for outreaches in Africa and around the world. A gift of $50 will provide for the production of 1,300 Scripture booklets; $200 will help produce more than 5,000 booklets!]

 

Grateful Quotes

Scripture booklets carried to remote areas

“Two teams will be using these booklets, one team of 17 students spending 28 days in the mountains of Peru and another team of 24 students working in Panama. Both teams will be doing street evangelism, ministering in schools, marketplaces, orphanages, etc. This is the 25th anniversary of our ministry. We have sent over 13,000 missionaries into 52 countries carrying your booklets and have seen thousands upon thousands come to Christ.”  —Walker M., Oklahoma

[WMP is supplying 4,000 copies of The Way to God in Spanish.]

“I lead a team to remote areas of the western province of Zambia every year. We have had amazing success evangelizing the lost sheep. Last year we had over seven hundred salvations. So far seven churches have been planted, and they continue to grow. Many of these people had never heard the name of Jesus prior to our arrival. Having booklets to pass out has been a real blessing. We are on foot in many of these areas and are limited due to weight, bulk, and cost to carry very many Bibles. . . . I am a donor, as I see the great value in having booklets in a local language.”         —Jess N., Washington

[WMP is providing 1,000 Scripture booklets—Help From Above and The Way to God—in Lozi for their team, which leaves in August.]

 

Meet the Team

Brian B.

Web Pressman

As a kid I volunteered with a group from my church. The group had been organized by an employee of World Missionary Press.

In 2008 I was working at Carriage, an RV manufacturer. For some reason I changed my route to work every day, and I started driving by WMP. I believe this was God at work. The thought came to me that I should apply there, but because of the low pay I didn’t think I would be able to afford it. Four months into having thoughts about applying, Carriage began laying people off and I was one of them. For seven months I applied to work everywhere; no one would hire me because they thought I was overqualified.

I went to church with Jerry, the Plant and Facilities Manager at WMP, and he encouraged me to apply. I was skeptical, but God confirmed through prayer that I should submit my application.

At that time my house was getting repossessed by the bank because I hadn’t made a payment in six months (having been laid off). They planned to auction off the house, but nobody showed up to the auction except one realtor from Syracuse, who bought out my entire debt! She paid over the asking price.

When I interviewed at World Missionary Press, and they asked me where I’d be living, I said, “No clue.” They told me about WMP’s rental housing available for me and my family. It all worked out.

In September of 2018, I will have been working here for 10 years. God has provided my every need, including paying off any debt I had when I started here. I run the Web Press, which prints the inside pages of Scripture booklets, Bible studies, and New Testaments. I enjoy working here because I get to be a part of something bigger than myself. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my kids.

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Frans K., Indonesia

Frans K. is WMP’s national coordinator for Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation (267 million), with thousands of islands stretching across 3,575 miles of ocean. Of five main islands, the volcanic island of Java is home to 145 million. A democracy with over 750 distinct peoples, Indonesia is 80% Muslim and 15% Christian. Printed materials in national languages may not be imported, so WMP materials are printed in Indonesia.

WMP: Brother Frans, please describe your relationship with WMP and your ministry today.

Frans: Through Mr. Willard S. , your liaison with YAKIN (CLC), I met Brother Jay [Benson] when he visited Indonesia. I became Director of YAKIN in 1980. Though still chairman of YAKIN’s Board, I turned over management responsibilities in 2010 and have had more time to be WMP’s coordinator. We partner with individuals, churches, Christian organizations, and schools, distributing both in our bookshop in Surabaya and other Christian bookshops, providing material for revival meetings, pastor’s meetings, prison ministry, and mission outreaches to other islands.

WMP: Please describe opportunities you have had for sharing WMP Scripture booklets?

Frans: Last October a youth team from Surabaya took 2,500 copies each of Help From Above and The Way to God to distribute in Timor. When we learned that the Boy Scouts in Manado could use 5,000 copies each of the Bible studies on John and Matthew and He Is Risen for a week of camping in November, WMP funded a quick printing of those.

We praise God for distribution to 80 churches in the suburbs of Surabaya during the Christmas season as well as other churches in the city. We ran out of Help From Above and The Way to God for some of the churches, so WMP helped us reprint 75,000 copies of each in January. That’s when our team in North Sulawesi were making plans to visit schools. Thanks to WMP, they had enough stock of the main five titles to begin, but we still needed to reprint the bilingual English-Indonesian edition of How to Know God; 50,000 were printed in February. Booklets have also been requested for revivals in various places, including 1,000 distributed in a one-night revival in Surabaya.

WMP: Speaking of Surabaya, you had asked for prayer after three churches were bombed on May 13. You had a pastor’s meeting scheduled for May 15-17. How did that go?

Frans: There was another explosion the following day in the police station, and the situation was very unstable. The government was standing by, and the military troops were prepared for war. We are grateful that God is in control. He gives His love so we can give our love to others. All the churches in Surabaya were praying, especially for the victims. Only 850 of the expected 1,500 pastors came from various islands. They gladly received WMP materials and asked for more to be sent to their regions. The police had told us not to post anything outside our event; we found later that a house nearby had been the headquarters for the terror group, and arrests were made. We thank God for HIS protection.

In June and July many churches and Christian schools will have retreats and distribute WMP booklets. We need your prayers. We could use a new booklet like The Bible Study on Romans, which we could translate and print.

 

 

 


June 2018 Newsletter

A Light That Will Not Be Put Out!

THE HORN OF AFRICA is a Muslim-dominated region of four nations, with 101 million people representing 160 ethnic groups. In a region rich with Biblical history, Christians today are often marginalized, persecuted, betrayed by family, and even martyred. In spite of an environment hostile to Christianity, the gospel still shines through faithful believers, who are standing strong and devoted to their precious Savior.

In a recent interview, Samuel B., WMP’s National Coordinator in Ethiopia, spoke of the challenge of sharing the gospel in one of the toughest areas of the world for evangelism. With him were leaders from Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti nodding in agreement that their nations need the gospel (and WMP Scripture booklets!) and that they are willing to take this gospel into dangerous territory. It is this courage that Samuel emphasized.

Church growth in Eritrea and Somalia is evident in spite of increasing opposition, and the Church in Ethiopia has experienced strong growth partly as a result of vigorous evangelism. Last year 194 Ethiopian churches came together for focused prayer and evangelism training, asking God to pour out His Spirit on their nation and praying for the lost to come to Jesus.

Improved literacy in Ethiopia has created an increasing demand for literature. As WMP Scripture booklets are used for outreach, more booklets are needed to carry out a bold venture to reach every home in the region. Samuel emphasized, “Your booklets enrich our ministry.”

A new shipment with 685,000 Scripture booklets in Amharic, Oromiffa, and Soomali will soon arrive in Addis Ababa to be disbursed by “light-bearers” throughout the region.

Outlining prayer needs for the region, Samuel noted that the gospel is holistic, touching more than just an individual’s spiritual life, and can change the very spirit and mind of a nation. “We believe that our gospel is strong,” he said. “It can change and transform the life of the community, and we need transformation for our area.”

Spiritual opposition in Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti dictates that great care must be taken in how the Word of God is shared. Churches have been driven underground and believers often worship alone, not sure who they can trust. Yet, the light shines.

Samuel requested prayer for open doors and for volunteers to be involved in outreach. Also needed is prayer for political stability in the region, so that the gospel can be more freely shared, for economic empowerment in each nation, and for leaders to be raised up who will lead their nations back to God.

When Samuel visited WMP in 2017 as speaker for WMP’s 56th Anniversary Dinner, he saw first-hand how the Scripture booklets are produced and the many, many languages being prepared for so many countries. With a new understanding of the ministry of WMP, he returned to his team in Ethiopia and together they began to pray earnestly for WMP, forging an even deeper bond in carrying the light of the gospel into the darkness.

Muslim resistance to the gospel comes in many forms, pushing back against the revealing light of God’s Word, but believers in the Horn of Africa who are standing firm bring to mind a beautiful verse from the Old Testament. “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and forever” (Daniel 12:3).

The request for WMP Scripture booklets from Ethiopia has been echoed by other major distributors and national coordinators in Africa. The last shipment to Nigeria lasted only a few months, absorbed by the many outstanding requests which had accumulated.

 “We greatly appreciate your effort and the good work of WMP for sending the precious Word of God to us in Nigeria for propagation of the gospel to the unreached. The distribution of the [booklets] has gone very far and wide of Nigeria and her coast. The demand is high and greatly appreciated. One 40-foot container is not enough for a year.”

A new shipment to Nigeria includes 30,000 copies of Help From Above in the Kanuri language—a new language for WMP and eagerly expected by those working in Northern Nigeria.

Shipments for Togo, Benin, Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo are also nearing completion. A total of 14 million booklets from a recent production schedule are heading to Africa, where eager and willing hands wait to introduce Africans to the Light of the World.

[YOU can help supply the light of God’s Word to nations in Africa and around the world. A gift of $50 will provide for the production of 1,300 Scripture booklets; $200 will help produce more than 5,000 booklets!]

To view Samuel B. sharing about using WMP literature to reach Ethiopia, visit:

www.wmpress.org/ethiopia-report

 

 

 

 

Grateful Quotes

“I doubt he’d even listen.” Wrong!

WMP Scripture booklets are included in free “gospel bags” given to tourists coming to Hong Kong and Macau from mainland China. In just the first three months of 2018, more than 361,000 bags were distributed; through one-on-one witness, 6,268 received Jesus Christ as Savior “on the spot.”

“We would be lying if we didn’t doubt sometimes, ‘Nah. I doubt he’d even listen.’ Especially not one as big and gruff as Mr. Z—until someone was brave enough to walk up to him with a gospel bag. It turned out that Mr. Z was a friendly person. Not only did he listen to the gospel, he said he wanted to become a believer too! Be strong and courageous, indeed.”

“Mr. J’s wife was overjoyed when she saw we were spreading the gospel, and urged her husband to listen. Although he was reluctant at first, his attitude turned completely when he heard how God had died for him. At the end, he finally understood why his wife chose Jesus and decided to follow his wife’s example.”

—Volunteers in Hong Kong tourist ministry

 

Meet the Team

Abbi R.

Bindery Operator/

Data Entry Assistant

I first heard of World Missionary Press, which now sometimes feels like a second home, when I was 5 or 6 and the uninterested participant on a tour with my parents, eager to get back to my books and bike and designing river tributary systems and cities in the mud of my parents’ driveway.

I believe that God’s plan for our lives, no matter where we work, is to realize how much we are loved by Him and to let that love spill out onto every person right in front of us. Doing that accomplishes His purpose of winning His creation back to Himself.

I don’t have a fancy story about how I came to work at World Missionary Press. I knew the former plant manager, Ron Link, through a job I’d had at a local printing company and he encouraged me to apply. I wasn’t sure about it, since my childhood memory of a noisy, boring place was still intact! But I applied and started work in January, 2013.

It hasn’t been boring! I’ve had a menagerie of jobs from mopping floors to helping in the bindery department. My favorite is entering orders for the Scripture-text Datebooks we send to correctional facilities all over the U.S. It makes my heart happy to be part of a team working to bring a bit of God’s light and hope into what is often a dark and soul-numbing place. I also enjoy the friendship of my band of adopted older brothers in the bindery department, my friends in the ‘Under 30’ group, and everyone else I’ve had the pleasure of working with, including the volunteers and people from different cultures and backgrounds I’ve met.

Outside WMP, I’m a part-time cook at a carry-out pizza restaurant and will be going back to school at a community college this summer. I like spending time with family (I’m the oldest of three siblings who live nearby) and with friends, solitude, walking trails, biking, playing board games, reading, learning about and working for social justice, learning about different countries, cultures and cuisines, and last—but certainly not least—having conversations about faith.

I encourage anyone reading this to remember that God is more loving than you can ever think. He is always pursuing your heart and ever longing for the day when His heart’s desire (you) will no longer be looking through a dim glass but seeing Him as He is: the humble God-man whose love you can never lose.

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Tonny and Susan M.,

Denmark

The first knowledge of Christianity came to Scandinavia through traders in 826 A.D. Almost 1,200 years later Tonny and Susan M. are faithfully proclaiming the message of salvation by grace through faith to the people of Denmark. They have used WMP Scripture booklets for 20 years and have helped make WMP booklets available in Danish. Immigrants and refugees in Denmark provide opportunities to share God’s Word in many languages with those whom the Lord has brought from near and far.

While living in the U.S.—14 years before he was saved—Tonny had his first “life-saving grace experience” when a giant metal piece flew through the air and hit his forehead with great speed. It could have meant his death, but instead of hitting him directly, it hit from an angle and bounced off, only tearing some skin. Now in Denmark, Tonny and Susan write, “We count it a joy that He has been pleased to add us to His work force in His vineyard in Denmark.”

The Great Need for Persian/Farsi in Denmark

In 2016, Tonny and Susan began to plead for more Scripture booklets, Gospels of John, and New Testaments in Persian/Farsi for Iranians.

“In Europe we rejoice to see a great move of God among Iranians. Iranians have a memory of freedom during the Shah’s reign . . . so when they get freedom to hear the Word of God in Europe, they respond. On an internet site, a Danish church had the evangelist’s message interpreted into Persian/Farsi, and at the end of four days of meetings, nine Iranians were baptized. A good number more were saved and touched.”

WMP sent all the Persian/Farsi materials available.

God Answers Prayer!

As WMP began to work on reprinting Persian/Farsi New Testaments, communications to obtain Bible Society permission and questions about the availability of other versions delayed its printing. For months we requested prayer for the impasse to be resolved.

At a recent conference in Thailand, a lady representing the Iranian Bible Society “happened” to sit next to WMP President Harold Mack and coworker Andrew Beverly at breakfast. Not knowing each other at first, they soon realized that the Bible Society and WMP were currently in discussions about the needed permissions! Seeing this meeting as of the Lord, they worked out the few details needed and discussed future opportunities to work together. WMP will soon be printing 15,000 copies of Persian/Farsi New Testaments for Iranian believers in many parts of the world. Praise God for His sovereignty!!

The Need for Multiple Languages in Denmark

Tonny M. also requested a shipment of Scripture booklets in 25 other languages.

“We are certainly looking forward [through late October] to display Scripture booklets in MULTI-LANGUAGE array for Danes, Germans, and all the other refugee, EU, and migrant languages! This BOOK TABLE will not just be an efficient way to attract seekers and believers, but we pray also that it will attract not-quite-so-bold believers to become ‘street librarians’ for Jesus Christ.

“Please pray for a team of about 7-12 faithful saints. We plan to cover an area of 50 by 80-100 miles, with 350,000 residents. So far, we are targeting the seven major cities of the ‘South Denmark’ region, and pray that this book table concept may spread to other regions, churches, and saints nationwide. Of course they all need Danish How to Know God, The Way to God, and Help From Above plus the other titles and about 100 languages. We’ve got a way to go yet!”

An exciting addition to this shipment is How to Know God in Danish. Translated several years ago, it had never been printed. While looking at what was available for Denmark, WMP staff found this booklet was ready to print! When Tonny received this news, he was “wonderfully shocked.” Everything, always, in God’s time!

 

 


May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter PDF

Making Jesus Known in Every Home

 

RECENTLY A TEAM FROM CANADA and the U.S.A. took on the task of taking the gospel to every home in a small U.S. city of 31,000 people. As a result of their initial contact, 26 people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior! And the seed of God’s Word has now been planted.

 

Pastor Suliman M., whose passion is to share the good news in homes around the world, oversees house-to-house distribution in Nigeria and Malawi as well as his hometown in Canada and parts of the U.S. In December, 2017, a team of five went to Toronto to take WMP Scripture booklets and a DVD on the life of Jesus to individual homes. In one day they reached 525 households. After returning home, Suliman, burdened for those they had not been able to reach, went back alone the next day and covered another 575 homes; the third day he reached 250 more. When asked why he was so insistent on going back again and again, he referred to God’s word to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 33:1-11), which had brought him to tears. A faithful watchman was to be a “TRUMPET BLOWER” to warn the people of danger or be held accountable for all who would die. “Saints,” he wrote, “you and I are called to be Trumpet Blowers; that is, to warn the unsaved of the danger they face without Christ our Saviour.”

 

This sense of accountability and urgency can be seen as many local churches and ministries are taking on the challenge of reaching every home in their area.

One of the boldest and most strategically-planned ventures is the OIKOS Initiative of Every Home for Christ.

 

“In the end, the Oikos ‘goals and vision’ is pretty simple. We are taking our vision, which has remained constant over our 70+ year history, and trying to make it as real as possible. We want to reach every literal home (place where someone lives) on earth in the next 20 years. By the end of the 20-year period, this will represent about 2.5 billion homes. This year, we are hosting conferences with all of EHC’s national leaders (180+ ministry offices represented) to cast vision for the Oikos initiative and to equip them with new tools to help them prepare and plan their national coverage strategy. January 1, 2019, marks ‘Day zero’ of the initiative.”  

—Nathan M., Every Home for Christ International (ECHI)

 

EHC cites a particularly compelling reason for evangelizing the world: The world population is growing rapidly, making the task more difficult by the day. They acknowledge that this initiative means pushing into more difficult and dangerous areas. “But we cannot reach every home if we avoid these areas.”  God has called, and He will open doors.

 

Every Home for Christ operates under three unalterable convictions, and they form the foundation of this new initiative as well:

Three Unalterable Convictions

  1. The Great Commission must be taken literally (Mark 16:15).
  2. Without unity, finishing the task of global evangelization is impossible (John 17:21-23).
  1. Prayer ALONE will remove every obstacle that stands in the way of fulfilling the Great Commission (Mark 11:22-23).

 

Recognizing the necessity for unity and intercessory prayer, EHC mobilizes local churches for concerted action in their communities, providing the basis for continued spiritual growth in their cities and towns.

A major part of this program involves literature. Each home is to receive a booklet/tract for adults and one for children. As a major supplier of Scripture booklets and Bible studies for many EHC National Directors around the world, WMP will be called upon to help meet the 20-year challenge to cover the globe with God’s Word. For this reason, EHC provided for two representatives from WMP to be present at leadership conferences in various parts of the world as national leaders planned for the resources that will be needed to reach their nations.

 

From our very beginning 57 years ago, the vision of World Missionary Press has been to give the Word of God to the world. Give ye them to eat” (Mark 6:37, KJV). Networking across the globe with ministries such as EHC, World Missionary Press—supported by friends raised up by God to pray, give, and volunteer—has provided multiplied millions of Scripture portions to be given to people in 210 countries and islands of the world.

 

Oikos is an ancient Greek word meaning “family” and “house”—the basic unit of society. The Church began in an oikos setting (Acts 5:42; 8:3; 20:20). Since earliest times, the family home has been the center of life. Abraham took his family (his home) and followed God’s call. Cornelius gathered his household together in his home to hear the message God had given Peter. When God called Israel out of Egypt, He expressly instructed them to gather in their homes, placing the blood of a slain lamb upon the door posts.

Today, evangelists in India walk from village to village, taking God’s Word from house to house, offering to pray for needs, and sharing God’s love. In Pakistan, gospel teams gather in homes opened to them for tea and conversation. In the intimacy and privacy of one’s home, the simple, personal reality of the gospel can be shared and received. The message of the small topical Scripture booklet then remains long after the visitor has gone.

 

[YOU can help supply The Way to God, Help From Above, and other Scripture materials for outreach to homes around the world. A gift of $50 will provide for the production of 1,300 booklets; $200 will help produce more than 5,000 booklets!]

 

Grateful Quotes

Sharing The Way to God in memory of their daughter

 

“Last Fall I requested 200 booklets of The Way to God in the Sesotho language, 50 in Tagalog, and 25 in English. My daughter and her family went to the Philippines in December. Her in-laws live close to the rice fields, and my 6-year-old grandson would go out to the road as the men walked by, coming from the rice fields, and give them a piece of candy and The Way to God booklet. He and my daughter also went to the village and passed out the booklets.

 

“I sent the 200 booklets to Lesotho, Africa. My husband and I were planning to go to Lesotho in January. We got as far as the airport in Chicago, and they wouldn’t let us get on the plane because he didn’t have four empty pages in his passport—something South Africa requires that we didn’t know.

 

“Our oldest daughter worked in Lesotho with orphan children. She was killed in South Africa in 2015. We wanted to have services and go through The Way to God booklet in the three villages where she had children’s services and fed the children. I sent the 200 booklets to one of the pastors there.

 

“Thank you very much for the booklets you sent. I appreciate all you are doing to get the gospel to those who haven’t heard.”

—Mary C., Indiana

 

Meet the Team

Wes Culver

WMP Board Chairman

My wife, Val, and I own several small businesses based in Goshen, Indiana. I have also served as a State Legislator for the past ten years, but will not run for reelection this fall.

 

I first heard about World Missionary Press from Jay and Vicky Benson, as we attended the same church for a time. When Jay asked if I would consider serving as a member of the Board, I agreed. That was just over 22 years ago. I have served on the Board’s Finance and Audit Review Committee for the past 16 years and have served in my current role as Chairman of the Board since November of 2011. Additionally, I am a WMP prayer partner.

 

What I like best about World Missionary Press is that it has amazing ‘bang for the buck’ in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We can produce millions of Scripture booklets each month for less than 5 cents each, including shipping! It is also important to me and many others that the Scripture booklets are comprised of only Scripture verses. Scripture has the power to change lives!

I also think it is significant that World Missionary Press has never sold anything it prints. We give all of our products away freely. World Missionary Press is unique and plays such an important role in the world today.

 

Val and I have four children—two natural-born and two adopted. The oldest passed away; the next two are married and live in Goshen. Our youngest is a sixth-grader at Elkhart Christian Academy. We also have two grandchildren.

 

In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, reading, and travel.

 

WMP Partners Around the World

Juan Batista S.,

Dominican Republic

An active distributor for WMP in the Dominican Republic for many years, Juan Batista S. now serves as WMP’s National Coordinator, facilitating the availability and distribution of WMP literature for ministries and churches nationwide. Over the years WMP has provided more than 11 million Scripture booklets, Bible Studies, New Testaments, and salvation coloring books through this faithful partnership. 

 

WMP: Could you please describe your current ministry?

Juan: Since 1985 I have worked as the director of Vispera del Fin (End Times) Evangelical Ministry, an institution responsible for distributing tracts and Christian literature, organizing monthly evangelistic outreaches, and holding classes in churches on personal evangelism.

 

WMP: How long have you been involved in distributing WMP literature?

Juan: In 1968 I received the first copies of WMP literature through a ministry in Mexico. Later I wrote to WMP directly and we began to receive small quantities of boxes periodically which arrived in mailbags at the post office. In 1993-94, we received the first 20-foot container.  After Jay Benson visited us for the first time in 1997, we began to serve as WMP’s official coordinator for the Dominican Republic.

WMP: When you receive a shipment from WMP, how long does that supply last? What would you like to receive and how frequently?

Juan: The literature can last one to two years, depending on how we administer it. The first items to run out are the New Testaments in Spanish and in Kreyol. We would like to receive 3,000 boxes every 18 months as well as 400 boxes of Spanish New Testaments and 500 boxes of the Kreyol New Testaments.

 

WMP: What challenges do you have in your country to the free and open distribution of literature?

Juan: There were some threats last year by a congressman to put in place some obstacles to distribution, but—thank God—the proposal failed to pass. Consequently, we are extremely happy to have total freedom in distributing literature.

 

WMP: How effective are the topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies in your country? 

Juan: Tracts are the best way to initiate conversation with friends, and the Scripture booklets are very much appreciated in the rural areas and prisons. The Bible study booklets are excellent, as they have valuable content that enhances learning.

 

A container shipment for the Dominican Republic left our warehouse on February 28, 2018, with one million pieces of literature in Spanish and Kreyol. Thousands of Haitians, fleeing natural disasters and poverty, receive New Testaments and Scripture booklets through Brother Juan and his ministry, offering hope and peace in the midst of the storm. Operation World lists several challenges for the Church in the Dominican Republic, specifically for those ministering among the poorer rural areas and dealing with limited resources, etc. Work among the Haitian immigrants, and descendants of immigrants, is described as a “responsive mission field.” This new Spanish shipment includes 88,000 Kreyol Scripture booklets and 1,600 Kreyol New Testaments.