In the dark days when Israel chafed under Roman rule, God fulfilled a promise He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—that through their Seed He would bless the families of the world. He sent a Redeemer. Despite the reports of prophets over centuries of Jewish history, very few recognized the Promised One when He came. But some had been looking and waiting. Devout Simeon took the Baby Jesus up in his arms in the temple and blessed God, “My eyes have seen Your salvation . . . the glory of Your people Israel.”
This Child was the prophesied Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the One who would prevail. He prevailed over sin and death, triumphing over that Enemy who held mankind in bondage. Let us rejoice in God’s faithfulness to His promise. Let us rejoice that God’s Son came to give His life for the world. Let us rejoice in the truth that He has conquered every foe and will reign forever!
Ways to be involved in sharing God’s life-giving Word:
Boxes and pallets may seem to be mundane items, but they are vital to the shipping and distribution process. At WMP’s current in-plant monthly production (the equivalent of 7.5 million 48-page Scripture booklets), we need 15,000 boxes every month. These boxes, made specifically for WMP, cost $273.24 per thousand. A gift of $27.32 provides for 100 boxes. Volunteers may prepare stacks and stacks of boxes (by unfolding and taping the sides), but by the end of the day the stack is gone—filled by other volunteers with the Scripture booklets flowing off the booklet binderies! The need for boxes is a continuing one—one that perhaps you can help to meet.
A 40-foot container bound for South Africa—or Brazil or Thailand—will need 17 wooden pallets. At $6.25 each, you can provide for all the pallets needed for a 40-foot container with a gift of $106.25. A 20-foot container bound for Tanzania, Panama, or Hong Kong will need 10 pallets. Your gift of $62.50 will provide these vital pallets to ship 2,560 boxes over oceans to fill waiting hands.
Idea #6—Salvation Coloring Books
Salvation coloring books—God Loves You and He Is Risen!— are an enduring legacy from WMP co-founder Rose Goodman. While Watson and Rose served among children and young people in South Africa, the God-given thought of giving the Word to the world was birthed. Today children (and families) around the world are learning about Jesus and His love for them through the pages of a coloring book from WMP.
An opportunity to provide He Is Risen! in Indonesian and English for elementary school children in Timor has recently materialized. In addition, a large supply has been requested in Tok Pisin for Papua New Guinea. A major distributor in Liberia described this book as “gold” and shared how the Lord gave him a unique cultural presentation of the gospel to children and adults in Liberia from the pages of He Is Risen!
Children in Haiti will soon have the opportunity to receive this “treasure” in their own Kreyol language. The effectiveness and value of this beautiful gift to the children of the world has been confirmed over and over through the years. Your gift toward the printing of salvation coloring books will give the timeless gift of God’s love. Just $29 will provide 100 coloring books filled with the Word of God on vital topics. “Let the children come.”
Idea #7—New Testaments in Five Languages
WMP provides New Testaments in five languages (Arabic, Persian-Farsi, French, Kreyol, and Spanish) to meet specific requests by national coordinators and major distributors. The hunger of new believers for more of God’s Word often leads them to ask for a Bible or a New Testament. In many parts of the world New Testaments are too expensive or not even available. It is for these that WMP offers a free New Testament.
The New Testament presents Jesus’ life and teaching and His Commission to the Church to make disciples, empowered by His indwelling Spirit. It contains teaching needed for local bodies of believers to be a faithful light in this present world, and it reveals things to come. As new believers often face opposition and pressures from family and community when they come to Christ, they need to be grounded in truth and equipped to share it. Through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit can teach and strengthen them, using them to bring others to the Savior.
A gift of $95.00 will provide for 100 Spanish New Testaments for pending shipments to Panama, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile.
From Asia comes the call, “Come over to India and help us!” Ministries large and small that are striving to reach the 500,000 unreached villages of India are pleading for tools to do the work. WMP has the vision to come alongside them with 100 million Scripture booklets over a three-year period as God provides the funds in answer to prayer. For the 1.3 billion people in India, the time is short and the need is urgent. Hundreds of thousands are entering eternity without ever hearing the name of Jesus.
Idea #9—Time to Volunteer, Time to Pray
Will you help save money by donating toward the expense of shipping another container load of “witnesses?” This past fiscal year God enabled WMP to ship a record 51 containers to various locations throughout the world, ten more than our previous high. How we praise God for putting it in the hearts of people like you to be involved with Him in sending His Word to the nations!