Imagine being a pastor of a local church in Asia, Africa, or South America. You are trying to shepherd a small congregation, but have little access to formal education. Your understanding of the basic truths of the Bible is greatly lacking. You own only a few books of questionable value. Internet access is not reliable. And yet, every week, you are responsible for feeding and leading your local church. You and your congregation members are struggling to experience the life-changing power of the Gospel.
This scenario describes millions in many countries. During the past century, the number of Christian believers worldwide has grown dramatically. You may not be aware that 75% of these now live on the continents of Africa, Asia, and South America. This is great cause to give thanks, but the growth of the church has outpaced the supply of pastors and elders who are equipped to shepherd these followers. An estimated 85% of the 2.2 million evangelical churches worldwide are led by pastors with little to no training.
Meanwhile, we here in the West are blessed with almost unlimited access to resources. Our bookshelves, computers, and e-tablets are overflowing. We know about relief efforts that focus on providing food for undernourished people. Are we aware of the theological famine that exists, particularly in the Global South? Christians there are often hungry for good biblical resources but struggle to find them.
The Gospel Coalition exists to serve the church by providing biblically faithful, gospel-centered resources through our website, our events, our publishing partnerships, and a deep network of individuals, churches and organizations. Our primary focus has been the church in North America, but we believe the Lord would have us turn more of our attention to the under-nourished regions of the Global South.
TGC International Outreach is engaged in a mission of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. We are partnering with translators, publishers, and missions networks to provide new access to biblical resources, in digital and physical formats. Our goal is to strengthen thousands of congregations by helping to equip the pastors and elders who are called to shepherd them.
1. We are initiating Relief Projects by working with translators, publishers, and printers here in North America as well as overseas. Through your generous gifts, these projects enable us to strengthen thousands of church leaders in Asia, Africa, and South America.
2. Through our Packing Hope program, you can order free cases of these donated resources and distribute them through your cross-cultural relationships with pastors and churches outside of North America.
3. As a network of networks, TGC is connecting with churches and ministries around the world, encouraging and supporting their efforts to build like-minded coalitions and events of their own.
4. For those who do have web access, we have posted thousands of free resources in other languages on our site, which is viewed by 500,000 unique users every year from 120 countries.
God is moving to strengthen the global church. We invite you to join us in addressing the theological famine, by sending biblical resources around the world to those who are in such great need of Gospel-centered teaching.
Stir up your heart for the global mission.
Network with others for the sake of kingdom collaboration.
Learn more about Theological Famine Relief Projects.
Through Packing Hope, Distribute donated resources within your international field of ministry.
Read Stories about past projects.
Follow our Twitter missions channel at @TGC_IO.
Support TGC International Outreach.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth partners and laborers.
"The printed [and digital] page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later."