USA (MNN) — On an ordinary day, Mike Schofield found himself listening intently to an interview on his truck’s radio. Mission Cry’s president Jason Woolford described how the ministry distributed used Bibles and Christian books all over the world.
“I had to dig for more,” Schofield says, “so I contacted Mission Cry and got involved.”
Schofield began collecting his own used Bibles and books, then wondered if he could do even more.
“I knew from the interview that most households have 5 or 6 Bibles that aren’t being used. That certainly resonated with me. Then I started thinking a little bit broader,” Schofield says.
“I involved my church and [held] a Bible drive. I came up with about 200 Bibles in my first year just from my own church alone. I couldn’t mail all those, so I decided to take a trip up to Michigan [to Mission Cry].”
Schofield dropped off the Bibles he collected and met Woolford on his visit. The relationship grew from there. Schofield is a state coordinator, overseeing Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He collects Bibles and books from people in these states when he has time and drives them to Mission Cry once a year.
“It’s basically [a] 100 hundred mile radius, which I feel is pretty reasonable for me to be willing to travel to get Bibles, although I’ll go beyond that just because I believe in this,” he explains.
Power of the Word
Ultimately, Schofield sacrifices his time and energy to collect Bibles because he believes in the power of the Word of God.
“The Word of God is so incredibly important. When you think about it, you’ve got the most powerful thing in the world sitting on your shelf or in your closet in your home. What a great opportunity to be a part of sending His Word out around the world.”
Schofield wasn’t sure how many Bibles he would be able to collect during the pandemic. However, God remained faithful even with the complications caused by COVID-19.
“Even during the pandemic, when most churches were closed and a lot of partners were not open to, God still provided 400 Bibles this year,” he says.
Schofield reiterates how God is faithful to work through those who are willing to serve.
“I think that if you step forward and you say, ‘I’m willing to do this, I’ll give it a try’ you’ll be amazed at what God will do through you,” he says.
Prayer and Support
Woolford encourages people to pray about how they can get involved like Schofield has.
“[Everyone] has the opportunity [to] be a missionary right here in the United States, collecting Bibles and Christian books and figuring out a way to get them to Mission Cry,” he says.
To learn more about how you can support and be involved in Mission Cry’s ministry, visit their website here.
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