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Your impact in 2020: Bibles and church planting



  • January 04, 2021
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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)

In the Great Commission, Jesus tells His disciples — and all believers — to go share the Gospel with the world. And that’s exactly what you did in 2020!

During one of the most difficult years, you carried out the Great Commission.

You helped introduce people to Christ for the very first time by planting churches around the globe! You brought comfort to persecuted believers through God’s Word. And you provided resources for new Christ-followers to grow in their faith.

Take a look at what you helped accomplish:

Church Planting

Thanks to your support, there are now 4,270 new churches around the globe, and church planters were able to reach thousands of people with the Good News!

Before the pandemic began spreading rapidly around the world, the church planters you helped support in the Caribbean decided to go witness door to door. Every morning they’d visit families, return to the church for lunch, and then visit more people in the afternoons.

“We did that for an entire week and ended the campaign on a Sunday,” one partner said. “Throughout the week we saw over 400 adults come to faith in Christ and 72 children who accepted the Lord.”

Nearly 500 people became believers in just one week — and it wouldn’t have been possible without generous donors like you!

Your impact didn’t just stop in the Caribbean either. You helped provide church planters all around the globe with the Bibles and materials needed to share the Gospel. And even when the pandemic hit, these church planters were still able to reach people with the message of salvation.

Our partners in the Middle East saw a huge increase in the number of listeners to their Gospel radio program. Pastors in one area of the Philippines even set up speakers in the trees so church members could hear the Sunday sermon without leaving their homes.

Bible distribution

You also helped provide Bibles for people like Hamid. Growing up in Nigeria, this young man knew the risk of renouncing Islam, but his desire to follow Christ was stronger.

After becoming a believer, Hamid spent years running away from his angry father. He was caught at one point, thrown into prison, and brutally tortured.

“I was extremely tortured for 22 days in the prison,” Hamid said. “I almost lost my memory because of the pains, but I refused to deny Christ. I still told my father that I would never go back to Islam.”

Only God’s Word could have provided Hamid with that kind of comfort and strength. Thanks to you, other believers are now able to cling to their Bibles as they face persecution, too.

Overall, your gifts helped provide and distribute 35,375 Bibles in 2020. And because Bibles are often shared among family and friends, your generosity has made an even greater impact around the world!

During one of the most chaotic years, persecuted believers faced the threat of torture, imprisonment, and even death in addition to the coronavirus pandemic … but all they wanted was a copy of God’s Word.

And you delivered. You helped answer their prayers by placing Bibles in their outstretched hands.

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2020 wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. People who were already struggling lost jobs. Many people lost loved ones. And churches had to close their doors for months at a time.

But your gifts were a beacon of light throughout a very dark year. You helped provide church planters around the world with the materials and transportation costs they needed to spread the Gospel. And you also helped deliver Bibles to persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

Despite the challenges, you fulfilled the Great Commission! And we cannot thank you enough.

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