Nigeria (MNN) ― Christian Resources International (CRI) is adding a new tab to their ministry binder with a book distribution center in Nigeria.
The distribution center is more than a new building; it’s a method CRI has never used before in Nigeria to get Bibles and Christian books to those who need them.
“We’re waiting to send our first-ever container to that distribution center. The container will hold about $400,000 of free Bibles and Christian teaching tools that we will be able to give out for free all over Nigeria, using the distribution center and busing systems to have packages delivered to those in remote areas,” says CRI Executive Director Jason Woolford.
But why Nigeria? Many ministries are nervous to set foot in this country where churches are often in the cross-hairs of Boko Haram terrorists. Some organizations have even pulled out for safety reasons.
Woolford explains, “When you’re looking at being under attack, what are you going to do as a believer if you don’t have God’s Word? If you don’t know what God is telling you?”
70% of Nigeria’s population lives below the poverty line, according to 2010 estimates by the CIA World Factbook. Often, it takes up to 2 months of salary to buy a Bible or Christian teaching book in developing countries.
“Sometimes we forget because we have constant internet [and] we have an abundance of books. This is not the way it is in a majority of Africa, Asia, and other areas. People don’t have the means as they make less than a dollar a day sometimes to pay a cable bill for nonstop internet,” says Woolford. “Where we might have access to the Bible electronically, other people don’t have that. So when they receive a used copy of God’s Word, it is like gold to them. In most cases, it’s 1-2 months salary to get that book.”
That’s where you come in. “People who partner with our ministry, who become ‘book missionaries,’ are providing people [with] God’s Word which we know does not return void. [Book recipients’] faith is being built up and they know most importantly what God has to say about the situation.”
CRI has sent $261 million worth of Bibles and Christian teaching tools around the world for book libraries. They need to raise $20,000 for this project in Nigeria. You can partner with CRI and become a “book missionary” for $27 per month.
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