Christians in this densely packed region, though largely conservative in beliefs, struggle to know their true identity in Christ. Impoverished conditions in greater Manila seem to have yielded ground for a false gospel, one that offers the allure of temporary satisfaction, an exchange of the Creator for the created.
Because of your support and partnership, we are seeing Packing Hope resources go around the world. Here are a few recent quotes from our partners. Books are being deployed in some amazing places!
Maxwell Blay grew up in Ghana as an outcast of his tribe, stigmatized as unclean by virtue of being the tenth-born of his mother. The Bulu curse branded him and all those around him. Yet he had not been aborted before birth—the fate of his kind—or killed or abandoned in the jungle.
Due to religious persecution, Filberto recently lost his job of eight years as a secondary teacher at a prestigious school. He considers it a worthy cause to be counted to suffer for the name of Christ and he’s confident the Lord will provide another job to support his family of four.
Ukraine is also vital to the spread of the Gospel. Considered a Bible belt, it has a stronger Christian legacy and more freedom of religion than its neighbors. “It’s a natural conduit, and more respected for its shipping. From Ukraine it’s easier to get books to the rest of the CIS.”
You might be shocked to hear that Latin America has been inundated with the apostolic movement and the teachings of Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and similar types of preachers. In most evangelical churches, teachings on prosperity, subjectivism and theological moralism prevail.
“Books are like gold. Literature is expensive; we have to depend on outside groups for help.”
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Here are a dozen of my favorite scriptural promises for the cause of global missions, to remind us that what He has started, He will complete.
“As the ESV Study Bible is my absolute favorite resource that I own, I pray that the men and women are able to glean understanding of the scriptures like I have from this resource. There is so much false teaching in Uganda, so I hope giving the people that we meet a written copy of the Word will enable them to learn God's Word on their own with the help of the Holy Spirit. I hope that it is used by the Ugandans to share truth with others and disciple new believers on their own.”
Average estimates put the number of China’s Christians at 100 million and growing. This gospel explosion presents a great need for both pastors and Bible resources. Across the country there are an estimated 60,000 believers for every trained pastor!
Dozens of times, Tony and his wife had watched as war-tattered refugees brought their lifeless babies to the river, surrendering them to the drifting graveyard. He often thought the devil must be dancing on the water.
With only two Christian bookstores in the city, it’s hard to find Christian books, especially ones with solid theological groundings. Even online Spanish resources are scarce. On top of this, any available resources are too expensive for most.
Here is a visual report on our mission in 2013. Join us in thanking God for growth and progress this past year.
“After the missionaries [left], we the Chin people gradually became legalist[s]. I was strictly taught by my parents to observe the moral law in order to obtain salvation. I never had assurance and the peace of God in my heart.”
Here are some of the best photos from our partners this past year, and a few of my own from my travels in 2013.