NEW PARIS, IN – World Missionary Press (WMP) has been a vital, behind-the-scenes service supporting missionary work around the world for nearly 60 years. During that time, the faith-based organization has printed more than two billion 48-page topical Scripture booklets.Those two billion Scripture booklets, along with New Testaments, have been distributed to Christian workers in 211 nations. The literature, paid for through the faithful financial support of other believers, is currently available in 346 different languages and dialects.Project India is one of WMP’s most significant projects, one of the countries nearest and dearest to other faith-based organizations like Gospel for Asia. Although India is a rapidly growing economy and the second-largest populated country in the world, fewer than six percent of the people are Christians.
About 500,000 villages do not even have a Bible-believing church. Those villages are populated with people who literally live lives of desperation, spending their days trying to find ways to subsist, going to sleep on a mat at night, “hoping for some hope” for tomorrow. They have no Christian witness to provide the spiritual hope they long for and need.
Many, especially those under the age of 35, are open to hearing and reading about the Gospel. That is why World Missionary Press’ booklets and New Testaments are so needed. Christian workers, who often travel many miles on foot to reach these villages, are blessed by being able to share booklets in Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, and Tamil – booklets that introduce the recipients to Jesus.
Even when a pastor or missionary shares the Bible message with a skeptical listener, he can leave a booklet with them to allow it to speak into their hearts. But, because many of these villagers cannot read, the booklets are still useful when left behind.
When a missionary reads through a booklet with a non-reader, the hearer also links what they are hearing to the picture message on the page. As they “read” the pictures later, they remember the story in the same way we learned about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The booklets present the message of salvation, much like books for young children are written. Each page usually features a colorful illustration along with as few words as necessary to reinforce the message.
WMP’s goal with Project India is to print and distribute 100 million booklets over three years. Is it a worthwhile effort? Here’s what Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ had to say.
“If God were to give me miraculous, superhuman strength to go to every family on earth and preach for an hour about Jesus, or if, on the other hand, He permitted me to take a clear, printed message of salvation to every family on earth, there is no question I would choose the latter.
“If I were to preach an hour to every family, there is no doubt that some days I’d probably not do the best job, and many families might not understand my message the first time through. But anointed literature has no bad days. It can stay for months or years, speaking over and over until the Holy Spirit penetrates the heart of the reader.”
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