Expand the Reach of the Gospel

It still seems unfathomable that large portions of the world’s population remain unreached with the Gospel…

Take a look at the map above.  The red dots indicate the locations of identifiable people groups with at least 5,000 people that have yet to be reached with the message of God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

“How can it be,” people are inclined to ask, “that after two centuries the work of the Great Commission is not yet completed?”

It’s a valid question.  What is shocking is the sheer number of unreached people groups — and the total population — of unreached peoples across the globe.  According to the Alliance for the Unreached, nearly 3 BILLION people have yet to hear the Gospel message.

That’s why Bibles For The World is part of the movement by the Alliance for the Unreached to engage more churches and individuals in the cause of the Great Commission.  Sadly, a recent survey indicated that fewer than 40% of Christians are not certain what “the Great Commission” is — they couldn’t identify the verses of Scripture that record Jesus’ final command to “go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt. 28-19).

June 9 was the third annual observance of the International Day for the Unreached.  Please take a moment to visit the Alliance’s website (http://alliancefortheunreached.org) and view the brief special video that was produced for this year’s observance.  You’ll be challenged by what you see and hear.  Then join all of us at Bibles For The World in praying that God continues to open doors for the Gospel in the dark areas of the world where the Light of Jesus Christ is so desperately needed.

Bibles For Bogota Blesses Thousands

Bibles For The World was pleased to provide Spanish-language Gospels of John to attendees of the Luis Palau Association’s Festival Outreach to Bogota, Colombia, in August. More than 50,000 people received these copies of special edition Gospels of John printed especially for this outreach!  The effort brought together more than 850 churches and trained more than 12,000 local followers of Christ – all focused on a week-long campaign to saturate the city and surrounding region with the Gospel.

Bogota2“This was a special chance to participate in a truly historic event in Colombia,” said John Pudaite, Bibles For The World president.  “Luis Palau first preached in Bogota back in 1966, so the return to the Colombian city marked a special anniversary.  It was a pleasure to be able to provide God’s Word to thousands of people who came to the events of the Palau Festival.”

Due to his continuing struggle with cancer, Luis Palau was unable to attend the weeklong event — but his son Andrew, himself a world evangelist, preached to crowds that numbered in the tens of thousands. Bibles For The World has provided Scriptures for a number of Andrew’s evangelistic outreaches in Africa and the Caribbean, so this was a natural fit for the two ministries to work together.  And God truly blessed the collaborative effort as the Festival recorded nearly 20,000 decisions for Christ by attendees!

The Scriptures provided in Bogota were made possible by the contributions of many partners and friends of Bibles For The World who gave generously to reach people in Colombia who have struggled through decades of civil unrest, economic challenges and the drug trade.

“We’re so grateful for our partners who stepped up to help bring a revival to the people of Colombia,” said Pudaite.  “We’re praying that the enthusiasm for the Gospel that drew so many thousands to the Palau Festival will continue for years to come — and that the Gospel message will transform the lives of many thousands more.” [Photos by Brad Person, courtesy of the Luis Palau Association]

 

Being a Blessing

IMG-20180322-WA0001When the opportunity comes to be a blessing to others, you take it.  Bibles For The World provided such an opportunity to a group of World Racers and a group from Project Cure last week.  The groups combined with staff from Sielmat Christian Hospital to bless the lives of thousands of residents of Churachandpur, a community in northeast India’s Manipur State.  A free Medical Camp was held to provide services and treatments to people in poverty who would, otherwise, be unable to afford medical care.

“We had quite a four-day event,” said John Pudaite, president of Bibles For The World.  “And we’re very grateful for the volunteers both from Project Cure and from World Race who came a very long way to India to help with this outreach.

For a quick look at the impact of this event, please take a look at the video below, prepared by World Racer Bernadette Beacham.

 

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