Lilit, 26, was raised by her grandparents in Armenia when her parents moved to the Ukraine to find work. Life became more difficult for Lilit when civil war broke out in the Ukraine. Her parents had to move to Russia and became unable to help financially. Lilit had to borrow money from others and wasn’t able to pay them back. And she felt like God had forgotten her.
One day, one of her church friends invited her to attend a Project Philip Bible study. She explains, “When I visited the Bible study group, it struck me how openly the lesson was being discussed and how everyone was free to ask questions. I realized I had no deep knowledge of the Gospel.”
Lilit believes her faith in God’s Word opened a new door for her. “I asked the Bible study leader to pray for my financial situation. When I went back home, I got a call and was offered a job! I could hardly believe it—God heard our prayers! Thank you for providing me with God’s Word and this Bible study group. They helped me come closer to God!”
Teen Mom Finds Hope
Margarida is only 20 years old, but she’s already lived a lifetime of heartbreak. She dropped out of school in the sixth grade. When she became a teen mom at 17, the baby’s father abandoned her. Then, just two years later, her own father died. Today, Margarida and her young son live with her mom, and she sells vegetables to try to make ends meet. “Life was so difficult,” she says, thinking back on the past years. “It seemed so meaningless.”
Things began to look up for Margarida when a friend invited her to join a Project Philip Bible study. At first, Margarida was afraid because she had never been to church. “My friend kept encouraging me until I joined,” she explains. After just a few days studying God’s Word, she was happy, and her heart was full of peace. During their study, people shared their problems and prayed for one another. She says, “Through Project Philip, I came to realize that I’d been wasting my time by not accepting Jesus Christ.”
Margarida is so grateful for the Project Philip Bible study booklets she received and for the group that made her feel like part of a family. She beams, “During our Bible studies, I learned about the love of God through the parable of the father who loved and received his son, in Luke 15:20. I used to be lost and living on my own, but my Father received me back!
“Thank you for providing me with the tools that helped me come back to God! I will first tell my mom and child to follow Jesus. Then, I’ll help others to meet and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.”
God’s Word Equips a Pastor
Giang is a church leader in northern Vietnam, about 215 miles from the capital city, Hanoi. Just a couple of years ago, before he knew Jesus as his Savior, some believers came to his village to help a widow renovate her house and help with her children. Giang was impressed. He recalls, “I tried to understand the reasons why they would do such things for each other.” He heard the Gospel that day, and it made all the difference in his life. He asked a Christian friend, who he later realized was a pastor, to pray with him to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Trained to Share the Gospel
Soon after, Giang began inviting other villagers to come to his home to worship God with him every Sunday. He learned to read God’s Word and shared it with others during their Sunday worship time. Soon, people in Giang’s village wanted him to be their pastor. But he felt unqualified. “I didn’t have enough Bible knowledge to be a pastor,” he notes.
One day, the pastor who prayed with Giang came to visit and gave him some Bibles and Project Philip Bible study booklets. Soon Giang asked his friend for more of them so he could teach people in his church. He explains, “These are the only printed copies of Bible study materials that our church has.” Through this training and these materials, Giang not only grew in his faith, he helped more people discover the Gospel.
Grateful for Project Philip
“I am so grateful for the Project Philip Bible studies,” he says with a smile. “They are a great blessing in my life. The books are excellent and make it easy for us to study the Bible and grow our faith in the Lord Jesus. Thank you for helping pastors like me who did not have the opportunity before to study the Bible in depth. My congregation is growing.”
As the economic and political crises grow worse in Nicaragua, pray for peace. Please also pray for God to open doors for ministry to continue reaching those in need. Currently, many Philips and church planters are unable to travel for training, classes, or even to attend church.
Praise the Lord for the Project Philip training in Indonesia. May these Philips (Project Philip Bible study leaders) share God’s Word with boldness and help more people to experience new life in Christ.
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