“Thank you for making it so easy for us to support the global church!” 

That’s what we recently heard from one woman at The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference. And that seemed to be the general atmosphere as hundreds of the 4,000 women in attendance sponsored book sets for pastors overseas. 

Music to my ears!

Last month in Orlando women from all 50 United States and 38 countries descended upon the Orlando Hilton for three days of worship, gospel-centered teaching, and rich fellowship. In the midst of this great event, TGC International Outreach held what we called “The Empty Bookshelves Project.” Within 48 hours, these ladies rallied to raise $20,000 for Theological Famine Relief (10,000 books)! Women eagerly assembled the book sets and wrote anonymous encouragements to the leaders who will receive them.

For this project, we partnered with Crossway to create 2,000 book sets for global church leaders who use English. You might think it rather limiting to publish and distribute in English, but you would be surprised at how widespread English is globally. That said, we still maintain a high priority on translation projects alongside those in English. Indeed, we translated the conference live in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and French.

Soon these sets will be available to those of you who are engaging with us through Packing Hope, taking resources to church leaders all over the world. 

If the Lord is directing you to support the global cause of missions, we invite you to partner with us through our Relief Projects and through monthly support

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Bill Walsh is director of International Outreach for The Gospel Coalition. He worked for Desiring God Ministries for 13 years. Starting in 2006, he and a small team built a global network of partners for the cause of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. This initiative joined TGC in 2012. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in Minneapolis and has two adult children, Beau and Regan. Bill photoblogs at billwalsh.photography. You can follow him on Twitter.

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