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- The Bible League – March 2020 March 4, 2020
A person’s lifetime commitment to Jesus can impact hundreds. That’s the story for Victor.
Twenty years ago, Victor graduated from Church Planter Training. He had volunteered for Bible League Mexico for years and finally planted his own church. He led the church for four years, then returned to farming. But, being a pastor was his calling, so soon after, he offered to care for an abandoned church in a nearby community.
With the guidance of the Lord, what started as a small gathering of Victor’s family soon turned into a full congregation. Victor served there for 18 years, then passed the torch to another Bible League-trained church planter. He is now in the process of starting another church, one he will eventually pass down to another graduate.
In all his time serving, Victor has watched the Lord work over and over. “I have seen many people receiving our Savior, Jesus Christ, in their hearts. I have seen the restoration of many families and transformation of individual lives. I have seen brothers grow up to be leaders, many who were freed from alcoholism and excruciating poverty,” he says. “God entrusted me to be loyal to the ministry. I have gone through many obstacles during the decades, but God has never left me.”
Through his Church Planter Training, Victor has impacted so many lives across Mexico. He has led churches, mentored leaders, and was even involved in translating the New Testament to the Mixe indigenous language. Praise God for his lifelong commitment!
Finding Faith in Prison
A man’s time in prison leads him to Christ
February 10, 2020
Though 27-year-old Oscar grew up in a Christian family in the Upper West Region of Ghana, he didn’t understand what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ—until he went to jail. A few years ago, Oscar worked for a mobile phone company, and he got into trouble when he made the wrong decision to replace a friend’s sim card. Unfortunately, Oscar’s friend lied.
He recalls, “That wasn’t his card, but it was his employer’s. He then went and withdrew a large amount of money without the employer’s permission.” When the truth came out, Oscar was liable and charged with aiding and abetting. He notes, “I tried to find the man, but the efforts deemed fruitless. At the time, I couldn’t repay the money. Therefore, I was taken to court.” Oscar pled guilty and was sentenced to 27 months in Tamale Central Prison.
One day, a pastor came to the prison to share the Gospel, and he encouraged Oscar to join a Project Philip Bible study there. He regularly began going to the study and really enjoyed the Prison Bible he received. He says, “What I liked the most about that Bible is that it’s easy to read and the lessons are easy to understand. Having the lessons in the Prison Bible has helped us to understand what we are reading and equipped us with how to share God’s Word with other inmates.”
Oscar served 18 months in prison before he was released. Though he still faces stigmas for being in jail, he was able to get a new job through believers who helped to lead Project Philip Bible studies within the prison. But above all, the greatest blessing to him is God’s Word. He beams, “The Prison Bible has changed a lot of Ghanaian inmates, both spiritually and mentally. It’s the Prison Bible that brought hope and transformation to those who felt rejected.”
God’s Word is her Inspiration
Project Philip Bible studies change Albanian woman’s life
February 3, 2020
Natasha, 40, comes from a Roma Muslim family. She is married with three children and lives in Albania. “I tried to follow the rules of Islam, but I found it very difficult to do it all,” she says softly. “However, it was the only way I knew how to seek God. But I didn’t find peace.”
She reveals their money problems led to quarrels at home. “My husband started to hang out with his old friends. This situation caused a lot of stress for me. One day, while I was at home, a woman came and knocked on my door. She talked to me about Jesus. I had never heard that message,” she explains.
Her husband did not want to hear about it. “I was very determined,” she says, “and eventually, I convinced him to go to church with me. As soon as we got in there, we felt a presence that I could not explain but I could tell it was God’s presence. People from the church invited us to be part of a Bible study group. We went regularly and completed the whole Project Philip Bible study.
“Through those studies, God completely changed my life and that of my family. I realized how much God loves me, that He died for me on the cross, and I accepted Him as Lord and Savior of my life. I started reading the Bible every day at home.”
Although uncomfortable at first, her husband also became a believer and the family’s situation changed completely. “We are blessed and happy,” Natasha reports. “The Bible is the inspiration for my life and my family. Through studying and believing in the Word of the Lord, my family and I were saved. Thank you for giving it to me for free because we couldn’t afford it. I like to share the Word of God with my friends. Please, keep on giving all Albanians the opportunity to learn and know about the true God through the Scriptures, as you did with me. May the Lord bless you!”
2019 Ministry Map
Throughout 2019, God’s Word was strategically sent across the globe. Thanks to your support, more than 2 million people were reached with the Word in 40 different countries. Take a closer look at the impact map to see details!
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May the Lord bless the upcoming Project Philip training in Jakarta, Indonesia, among 60 Christian education teachers. Pray that this training will equip these teachers to become more effective in sharing God’s Word with their students. Continue to pray for the residents of this area as they recover from devastating floods in the city last month.
A Bible League-trained Philip (Project Philip Bible study leader) in Mamelodi, South Africa, was murdered recently. Pray for comfort and peace for his wife and two daughters as well as the rest of his family. Please ask the Lord to protect the Philips and trainers as they work in dangerous places.
- The Bible League – October 2019 October 7, 2019
For the children at Danville Primary School in South Africa, a Bible is a luxury item. Many of the students come from impoverished areas, and most families don’t go to church. For some of these students, their only meal is at school.
“How can a child’s parents afford a Bible when they can’t even put food on their table?” asks Mrs. Schwarz, one of the teachers.
But now, these kids have the opportunity to own their own Bibles and study the Word using Project Philip Bible studies. Since April, a local pastor has been holding Bible studies in the school and while the teachers had reservations, they have noticed a welcomed change in students’ behavior.
“They are learning to respect the grownups,” Mrs. Schwarz says. “They think, ‘If I can’t respect the human beings standing in front of us, how can I respect the Lord?’ Their way of doing things totally changed, not only behavioral but also in their knowledge.” This change is spilling into their home life, where parents are starting to read the Bible to find the goodness of God that their children have found.
A Difficult Life
Renu was raised in a Buddhist family in Thailand. She regarded herself as a kind person, but her life was full of hardships. “Karma seems to have betrayed me,” she says.
Her parents divorced and because Renu was the oldest sibling, it became her responsibility to care for her mother and siblings, including taking on the financial burden of her brother’s education.
Even though she worked hard to take care of her family, Renu’s relationship with her mother was cold and broken.
“My mother disliked me as long as I can remember,” she says. “Everything that I did was wrong for her and she would always complain that I was no good. She never had a peaceful moment with me.”
Renu struggled with her difficult relationship with her mother and visited a Buddhist priest for help. “I spent a lot of money trying to bring peace and reconciliation between both of us through their mantras and charms, but nothing changed.”
A friend of Renu’s invited her to church and told her that God could help her situation. When she arrived, she was skeptical and unimpressed, but agreed to meet with the pastor.
“I did not understand everything that he said, but I was desperate and wanted to be released from the situation, so I opened my heart to accept Jesus Christ,” she says.
Weeks later, she hosted a prayer group at her home. She had kept her new life a secret from her unbelieving husband, so when he walked in on the prayer group, she was shocked when he accepted Christ on the spot. Renu eventually shared the Gospel with her mother.
“By God’s grace, my mother accepted Jesus Christ, too,” she says. “Our relationship has become much better. Praise the Lord!”
Renu and her husband were trained as Project Philip Bible study leaders and helped share the Gospel in 12 villages in their area. She currently ministers to multiple families and hopes to build a church in the future.
“Thank God for the new life,” she says. “No amount of meditation or medication has provided what Jesus has done for me. I am so peaceful and joyful now.”
Sharing the Gospel from Country to Country
“I was losing faith at that moment.”
Johane grew up attending church with her mother in Port-au-Prince and knew from an early age that she wanted to serve the Lord. But the road was far from easy. Following a devastating earthquake in 2010, she lost her job in telecommunications.
Her family tried to open their own business, but the struggles were just too much to continue. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with 60% of the population living in poverty. Johane and her family were quickly becoming part of that percentage. They decided to leave their home and try for a better life in the United States.
“I prayed to God amid those circumstances. I told Him, ‘If you help me, I will preach for you, I will talk to people for you,’” she says.
The family moved to the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, six years ago. The area has a large Haitian and West African immigrant population. They lived in the basement of a friend’s home and searched tirelessly for jobs. The chaos of trying to survive took a toll on Johane’s evangelism work.
“Here in the U.S., in the middle of all the struggle, my son had a dream. He dreamt that God told him He was going to give us a house,” she says. “Honestly, I was losing faith at that moment.”
Not long after her son’s dream, Johane’s husband got a job. The family moved into an apartment, then eventually a house. Overwhelmed with joy by the providence of God, Johane was reminded of the promise she made.
“After we moved into our house, I had a dream. I was before God, on my knees, asking Him for forgiveness and a second chance,” she recalls. “I remembered my prayers back in Haiti when I promised I would serve Him. After all these blessings, I knew I could not only serve Him, but my job from that time on would be to spread the Good News.”
Johane is a trained Philip (Project Philip Bible study leader) in both Haiti and the United States. She was ministering in Haiti when she moved, and after settling in the U.S., she searched for two years for ministry resources. As a last-ditch effort, she prayed asking for resources specifically from Bible League International.
“One night, my pastor gave me a brochure promoting a Bible League International training in a church nearby. When I saw that, I was screaming, I was so excited,” she says. “I led seven people to Christ from my community when I worked with Project Philip in Haiti!”
Serving in the U.S.
Johane has since shared the resources with her church leadership and members of her church, who are primarily Haitian immigrants. “The program made a massive difference in our church. Now, there is a fire burning in my pastor’s heart for evangelism and discipleship,” she says.Continue reading →
- The Bible League International – September 2019 September 7, 2019
One recent afternoon in a village in southeast Albania, near the border with Greece, 21 children and youth gathered at a local church for a Project Philip Bible study.
The boys and girls sat in a wide circle of plastic chairs. One of the children listening with rapt attention was 10-year-old Matteo. Like many kids, he enjoys soccer and hopes to play professionally one day. But he has another big dream. He wants to “serve the Lord and to serve in the church.”
Matteo loves going to church and studying God’s Word through this children’s Bible study. “The booklets are helping us to grow in the Word of God,” he says with a smile. “The most important thing I learned is that we should pray only to Jesus. He is the only real God.” Because of the support of friends like you, Matteo now has a Bible of his own, which he enjoys reading often at home.
A Life Worth Living
His Pain Only Grew
He recalls, “The older I became, the more issues I had.” For 14 years, he drank heavily, spent time with women who weren’t his wife, and fought so much with his family that they wanted him out of the house.
He says sadly, “As time passed, the conflicts just increased, the pain only grew bigger, and my addiction destroyed me. My life was not worth living anymore.” But his life changed when his son asked him to help make a cheese delivery to his pastor’s house. When they arrived, the pastor invited Santos to join him in a Project Philip Bible study. He explains, “It was at that moment in the pastor’s house that I met the Lord Jesus and gave my life to Him.”
Living a Miracle
Following his commitment to Christ, Santos began studying the Bible like a curious and hungry child. He notes, “After years of drunkenness and addictions, I started to live my life with more discipline and a desire to comprehend God’s Word.” As he studied God’s Word, he learned that he had the opportunity to live differently now. He asked his family to forgive him for the years of suffering and abuse. Recently, one of his children said, “Miracles are real,” when referencing Santos’ transformation.
Today, he is focused on planting churches and is an active Philip (Project Philip Bible study leader). Santos says, “I lead a few Bible study groups to help people understand what a new life in Christ means. Thank you for helping me to learn about Christ and for providing me materials so that I can teach others.”
Finding a True Relationship
The oldest of eight siblings, Ciella and her family regularly attended a church that often mixed Christianity with sorcery, so she did not feel safe there. Her parents allowed her to visit other churches, and she eventually found a church home, but something was missing. Ciella did not have a true relationship with God.
Earlier this year, Ciella signed up for a Project Philip Bible study at her school. “These lessons helped me to see and understand many things that I had ignored before,” she says. “I understand that Jesus died on the cross to set us free from our sins, and we can enter into a relationship with God our Creator through Jesus.”
Lesson after lesson, Ciella learned more about a relationship with God. Soon after she started the study, she gave her life to Christ and found the personal relationship promised in the Word of God. “l made the greatest decision to surrender my life to Jesus. Now, after going through the lessons, I know that God is near me and has changed my life,” she says.
Committed to Christ
At the end of the study, Ciella received her Bible, which she promises to read every day. She has committed her life to sharing all she has learned with others. “I thank God for helping me to follow the Project Philip program and am grateful for Bible League International,” she says. “The program helped me, and I hope that it can help others and bring them into a relationship with God. Thank you very much!”
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Please pray for a children’s ministry in a village in central Albania’s Tirana County, where about 100 kids are using Project Philip Bible studies. Pray, too, that parents will be reached with the Gospel of Christ through their children.
Praise the Lord for the nearly 2,000 people in Ethiopia who received Bibles of their own after completing Project Philip Bible studies. May the hope of the Gospel be evident in their lives as they share God’s love in their communities.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Your gifts to Bible League International make it possible for our ministry to provide God’s Word to a world in need.Continue reading →
Robert T. Frank
President and CEO