Pastor’s Corner – October 2019
Friends, a couple weeks ago I mentioned that I would like to start a book drive, collecting bibles, Christian non-fiction, Sunday school materials, etc…. and have them shipped to those in developing countries all over the world via a wonderful organization called Love Packages. I copied the following from their website @ www.lovepackages.org. I think they can explain what they do better than I. Here is their story:
Today, Love Packages ships more than a thousand tons of donated bibles and other Christian media all over the world. But the humble story about the birth of the ministry may surprise you.
“You’re Wasting That.”
It was the summer of 1975: God spoke to me as clearly as could be. That summer, God showed me the abundance of Christian literature that I had at my disposal and the tremendous lack of literature in third world nations.
Not realizing that everyone was as wasteful as I, I began to send my excess literature overseas. That first year my wife and I shipped sixty boxes of literature to missionaries in four countries. Soon the word spread about what we were doing.
Friends started bringing their excess literature to us for shipment overseas. We never realized or imagined that from that small seed God would build an ever increasing world outreach.
Not long after that, we began to receive literature in the mail; slowly at first, then from all over the United States. That second year we shipped 3.5 tons. The third year: 7 tons. The forth: 11, then 21, then 25, 27, 31, 51, 83, 100, 180, 250, and 600.
The Impact of Donated Bibles Today
We continue to send Christian literature to missionaries and Christian workers around the world. Statistics tell us that every piece of literature will be read by an average of 20 people. Each container has at least 1 million pieces, so the potential is to reach 20 million every time we send a container.
We are thrilled that since the beginning of Love Packages in 1975, we have been able to send over 15,000 tons of literature. We have seen thousands of people saved, healed, and delivered as a result of this mission. Pastors and Sunday school teachers have, for the first time, materials to study and teach from.
Love Packages currently sends 20-foot ocean going containers to port cities around the world. These locations act as distribution points and have the capability to distribute these materials to thousands of churches overseas.
Everywhere we have gone in America, we have found people with old or extra bibles or other Christian literature that they didn’t know what to do with it. If you are one of these people, Love Packages is here to help you put that literature in the hands of people who are hungry for the Word of God.
Become Part of the Love Packages Story
Our vision is simple. We want to see all of our excess, the materials that are being wasted, placed on the mission fields of the world. Won’t you help?
I encourage you to visit their website to find out more about their incredible ministry and hear more of their story, take the nickel tour, and hear testimonials from all over the world. Sharing the word of God to people hungry for it is our mission. This is one way to share God’s Word by sending material that
are simply being wasted in our church and in our homes. Please consider working with me and reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world.