Bible League opens new national office

By October 7, 2005

Peru (MNN) — A Bible distribution ministry is expanding in South America. While you don’t typically think of Peru as an unreached country, the Bible League says the need is as great there. That’s why they’ve opened a new office in that country.

Bible League’s John Wagenveld says, “There are about 90,000 villages and communities right now and only 20,000 of them have an evangelical or Christian church in it. So, that means there are at least 70,000 communities that don’t have a Bible-believing church.”

Wagenveld says they’re using their Philip Project program to help train Christians, which the basis of their church planting initiative. “We train the evangelical churches. We gather 30 to 40 people at a time. We put the Bibles in their hands and then we train them how to reach their neighbors and friends and people that they bump into and how to share the Gospel with them.”

This program is just beginning in Peru and Wagenveld says he expects great results. “The existing churches tend to grow and then not only that they form new cell groups and new Bible study groups and so they decide to go ahead and use the project to plant new churches. We’re hoping that we’ll have at least 5,000 people in Bible study this first year.”

As the training is completed, Christians then begin holding Bible studies and that’s how the Bibles get distributed. “We’ve found it is a lot better to do what we call strategic placement. They go out and they only place those Bibles and New Testaments into the hands of people they see have an interest and who commit to studying for five weeks.” He says many people come to know Christ as they study.

Funding is needed for the program. $4 not only prints a Bible, but puts it in the hands of a potential Bible study participant. Click on the link above if you’d like to help.

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