FLOOD THIS NATION WITH THE WORD OF GOD
“I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground.” —Isaiah 44:3a
Peniel D. is actively involved in literature evangelism because he “believes in the transforming power of the Word, that it is alive and effective, and that people need the written Word of God.”
It all started in 2004 when Peniel was a church planter in Paraguay. A pastor came to their house and encouraged Peniel and his wife not to create roots in Paraguay—that God had a work for them in another country, and they would reach many people with the Word. Peniel didn’t want to accept that, but a week later a young man visited, saying that God had a word for him and told him the same thing.
During the following year, many people told him that God would take them to another nation. He and his wife began to pray, and one day God gave them a word: BOLIVIA. In 2006 they gave up their church, sold everything they had, and went to Bolivia. He and his wife used material brought from their ministry in Paraguay as they began to evangelize with the goal of opening a church.
Peniel wrote, “God told me very strongly that the goal was NOT a church, but HE had another job for us.” He and his wife prayed for guidance. “One day at dawn I was awakened with a loud voice inside my room, ‘Peniel, I’m going to put a lot of material in your hands. I’ll bring the evangelists, and you’ll support those evangelists.’ ”
By 2016, the number of evangelists being supplied through Peniel was so large that WMP sent 500,000 booklets (1,000 boxes), which arrived in March, 2017. Peniel sent his thanks on behalf of all the evangelists in Bolivia who benefit from WMP’s support.
“Your material is a great blessing. We can say that the vision the Lord Jesus has given us is being fulfilled in this place: FLOOD THIS NATION WITH THE WORD OF GOD.”
Peniel always thought that he would do this work only in Bolivia. But after preaching on missions at a missionary base and being prayed for, a sister told him, “Go on with this work. The Word will reach places you never imagined, and at the right time this work will be developed in other nations. Do not worry about the resources. God will put it into your hands.” A week later, a pastor picked up some boxes of booklets and, after they prayed together, spoke almost the same words! As Peniel opened his hands, the pastor said, “Do not worry about resources, for God will put the resources in your hands like precious stones.”
Peniel’s approach to supporting and training local evangelists has drawn interest in other countries. He has sent information about WMP booklets and follow-up to workers in Italy, Cape Verde, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Philippines, Chile, and Ecuador.
As Peniel and his wife continued to pray every morning for guidance, their burden grew to share their vision and to pass on to others what God taught them about evangelism through literature—not using it merely to promote their churches, but to understand that they are taking to sinners the wonderful Word of God in print.
Eventually they began to post training videos on YouTube. “Evangelists are watching and learning,” he wrote. “Many write, asking questions. They are improving their evangelism ministry using the literature, and we are reaping a solid work of better quality. In this way, the project extends to other nations as well.”
To support this growing and vibrant ministry, WMP is planning a shipment of 729,600 Scripture booklets and Bible studies.
What a privilege it is for World Missionary Press to provide resources for partners like Peniel and his teams in countries all over the globe! Men and women are faithfully taking the Word to the world. God’s call to them to go is also God’s call to us to be faithful in providing Scripture booklets. As their ministries grow and spread, so does the need for booklets.
[You can help! A gift of $40 will help produce 1,020 48-page Scripture booklets; production of a pallet of 240 boxes (120,000 booklets) can be sponsored for $4,700—no gift is too big or too small to help impact souls for eternity—in Bolivia and around the world!]
“My life has been changed tremendously.”
“I was handed The Way to God booklet by a street evangelist who helped to point me to Jesus and look to the Lamb to follow Him wherever He goes. That was almost nine months ago, and my life has been changed tremendously. This booklet helped me, and I will pass it on to friends, family, strangers, and enemies alike to introduce them to His ways. I would like to show others the narrow and straight path, bringing them to Jesus.
“I will be spreading and sharing the message of the Lord Jesus in my local town centre, handing them out to those who are willing to know and learn more about how to get a closer and more intimate relationship with our Lord and Saviour.”
—L.C., United Kingdom
Meet the Team
I heard about World Missionary Press through Andrew, a family friend who works at WMP, when he messaged me about a graphic design position there. I had just graduated from Grace College and was waiting for God to lead me somewhere, when God opened the door to a possibility at WMP. After getting a tour from Andrew, meeting some of the people, and hearing about the mission at WMP, I knew God was leading me here! I just felt an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort. I knew it was a sign from God, so I took the leap of faith and decided to join the WMP family. I’ve been working here since June, 2018.
As a graphic designer, I do everything from creating graphics, designing brochures and newsletters, and formatting new booklets to managing WMP’s Twitter & Instagram posts. (Go follow us!)
The best part about WMP is the people. It’s amazing how God has placed such a wide variety of personalities, talents, and backgrounds into one organization to work together spreading the Good News around the world. Seeing everyone’s passion for God and love for others is truly inspiring.
When I’m not working, I enjoy canvas painting, traveling, spoiling my pets, and watching movies. I love drinking coffee with friends, beating my family in card games, playing with my puppy and my cat, yelling at the TV during football games (go Steelers!), and sleeping. I live in Pierceton, Indiana, with my family and fur-babies. I have a sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, and a niece or nephew on the way!
WMP Partners Around the World
Helen W. and Alison B.
“The Inside Story”
Each year WMP produces millions of Scripture booklets, now in 348 languages—as well as Bible study booklets and New Testaments. But printing isn’t the final goal. They must somehow get to people all over the globe. How do we do that? Helen W. and Alison B. weigh in.
How does World Missionary Press send booklets around the world?
At one time material was sent overseas in ten-pound boxes via postal system “book rate.” Over time postal costs per box grew dramatically to as much as $70 per box and the quantities shipped to many nations increased. It became more cost-effective to ship quantities of boxes by sea containers to reliable volunteer national coordinators who could receive large shipments and then get the Word of God distributed to the people of their nation.
Sending 1-2 million booklets via 20-foot and 40-foot sea containers to selected contacts in each country can save as much as a hundred thousand dollars per container or more in mailing expense.
What is the role of WMP’s national coordinators?
Volunteer national coordinators, proven to be trustworthy, have a heart for reaching their countrymen with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They communicate regularly with WMP regarding their inventories, ordering new shipments, overseeing distribution within their nations, and providing documentation for financial reimbursements of customs charges and distribution expenses. It can be a heavy responsibility to receive a shipment, steer it through customs, store the boxes, and wisely distribute the literature to local ministries and individuals who request it.
What is the need for Scripture booklets?
When production of material for a freight shipment is completed, WMP prepares the necessary invoicing and import documentation for shipping and receiving the container. Alison then communicates with freight forwarders, who assist in contracting the shipment to an ocean freight company. Freight forwarders quote on pricing and arrange for pick-up at our warehouse and loading on a specific ocean liner. They clarify each country’s shipping rules and regulations. Changes in shipping regulations are sometimes implemented while the shipment is in transit! Freight forwarders help us respond to such unforeseen issues to minimize delay in the customs process, while keeping our consignee informed.
Once the ship docks in port, our coordinator must work with customs officials to release the container as quickly as possible. In many countries this can be a difficult and time-consuming process.
What is a typical reaction when the shipment is released?
Our partner in Seychelles wrote: “It is with joy that we confirm that the literature has been cleared and is now in our possession. This follows quite an adventure at the port yesterday, with the breakdown of a truck that was supposed to transport the literature. Then the replacement truck had a flat tire after being loaded. This was a reminder of the warfare we are in and makes us more excited, for we know that many lives will be saved as the Lord touches the people reading the booklets.”
When a 20-foot container was finally released in Benin after a lengthy process through customs, our ministry partner shared: “Glory be to God! Glory be to God! Glory be to God! We are very happy to inform you that eventually the container has been delivered, and the goods are now being transferred out of it. May all the glory be to God! Thank you for all you have done to make this possible.”
We know that God is in control and that His Word will fulfill all His purpose. As we see His hand on each shipment sent, we are reminded to trust His ways and His timing, no matter what comes!