When Every Home for Christ national directors gathered in Zimbabwe in August to discuss strategies for saturating their countries with the gospel, WMP President Harold Mack and his son Stephen (WMP Visual Communications) were there. As ministry partners of World Missionary Press, EHC Africa directors often double as national coordinators for WMP, receiving large shipments of materials to supply hundreds of volunteers who journey village to village, door to door, to bring the Good News to every last person.
Scripture Booklets Are Vital
For many, Scripture booklets from WMP are indispensable for their ministries. Antonie B. was emphatic: “Our team in South Africa cannot be successful without this literature. Whenever I go, wherever I am – if I do not have it, I feel incomplete…. This is something that we could never, ever in our lives be without.”
“Without the support of gospel booklets,” said Richard K., EHC’s director for Zambia, “our campaigns would have been almost impossible. We have seen our work in the nation penetrating so many areas, particularly because of WMP. We couldn’t really make it, communicating the gospel verbally. [It’s] different when you give something to somebody to read. That is the power behind the printed page.”
Responses to Scripture Booklets
Story after story unfolded of people responding enthusiastically to the Scripture booklets, even becoming distributors themselves right in their own neighborhoods. Fred M. of EHC Uganda shared, “I found that one guy, who I used to give these booklets to, had torn [them] in half. I said, ‘Why are you spoiling this?’ He said, ‘I’m not spoiling it. Did you not know each page carries a different message? So, I’m able to reach more people with one booklet when I tear it up….’ That was so amazing.”
Antonie B. of South Africa related, “Many times when we go into an area and minister to people, people get saved, and you’ll always have one or two persons say, ‘Can I get five booklets?’ I give him the
five booklets, and immediately he turns around and starts to minister where he lives. Immediately! I look at what we do at Every Home for Christ, and the impact that World Missionary Press has with the literature, and I can see the fruit of the gospel being produced.”
Richard’s testimony was especially powerful: “It’s one thing to distribute, and [another] when you begin to hear testimonies of how God is using those booklets. A woman told us of visiting a village house. No one was home, so she dropped a booklet inside the house and left. When the owners of the house came back, they found the booklet and read it. After some months, she went back to that village and was amazed to be told that… the booklet Who Am I that a King Should Die in My Place? led them to the Lord. This is a true story, proven by many people around.”
Tanga C. from Botswana is eagerly awaiting his shipment of booklets and Bible studies in English and Tswana, currently in production. Tanga effused, “[I’m] so glad and happy, excited and expectant for the shipment of literature that is coming to our country. We have been waiting for this for a long time, and we can’t downplay the impact that this shipment will bring to this nation, where you can hardly find a piece of literature anywhere. We are desperately in need of this. A lot of churches have [contacted] my office requesting gospel literature. It will actually help make our work much easier, because we will have something to give to the people as we go home to home preaching the gospel, particularly in rural places where people are least reached. Nothing excites me more than the printed page of the gospel.”
WMP is also preparing a shipment, scheduled for early 2016, for Rwanda, where EHC’s Ananie B. will use Scripture booklets to “invade Rwanda with the gospel.”
Among familiar faces, the Macks encountered some new ones. Douglas M., who has taken the helm of EHC’s activities in Namibia, a largely unreached country, said, “I believe that hearts are very receptive to the gospel and this is a time that we can partner together and make Jesus Christ known to the nation.” (WMP is preparing its first large shipment in many years for Namibia.)
In Mozambique, Godfrey B. has taken up the torch when the beloved Anacleto F. was suddenly called Home to be with the Lord. “I want to assure you that the Lord is on the move,” Godfrey reported. “These wonderful gospel booklets have helped us impact communities and change lives. Lives marred with drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution have been transformed. My team says they love to use WMP booklets because of their portability. They are very small but very powerful, and in many homes it will be the only piece of gospel they have.” Expressing appreciation for WMP’s national coordinator in Mozambique, Tanneken F., who channels materials to EHC, Godfrey said, “She always gives us the literature when we request it; she always brings it rapidly, without any delay. Our partnership with her has gone a long way in taking the gospel across the nation of Mozambique.”
For Harold and Stephen, the trip was well worth four intense days of travel, as the bond between the two ministries was heartily reaffirmed. The intrepid Americans sampled such delicacies as crocodile and
warthog (which they found especially delicious) and witnessed a variety of wildlife during their stay by the Zambezi River, including an elephant which skirted the perimeter of their outdoor dining area one evening at dinner.
Networking to Reach Zambia
Cleopas C. of Zimbabwe, recently installed as EHC’s regional director over 25 Southern and East African nations, was the keynote speaker at WMP’s 54th anniversary dinner in October. Soles for Jesus (partner of EHC and WMP) was represented by founder Diane S. New or lightly-used shoes were to be collected through October to be part of a shipment of 8,000 pairs of shoes and more than one million Scripture booklets for EHC ministry in Zambia.Thank God for cooperation between believers to reach the world for Him!
“We are nearly completely out of booklets and are praying for a shipment that will give us fresh wind in our sails. We’re committed to planting and building churches and reaching as many as we can as long as we can, and WMP Scripture booklets are an integral part of that.
“Words cannot express our gratitude to World Missionary Press for your partnership with us, enabling us to provide the invaluable tool of the Word of God in such a convenient Scripture booklet form, as well as the evangelistic He is Risen coloring books. Thank you!”-The Ken Harrell Family
Harrell Family Missions is scheduled to receive another 768 ten-pound boxes of WMP literature to continue and expand the projects and opportunities Ken described. They will be shipped on a 20-foot container holding a total of 2,560 boxes, also supplying WMP’s national coordinator Walter P. and Jim T. of “Jesus Es Real Ministries” of Honduras.
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