USA (MNN) — 2011 was a challenging year economically for many people. Some ministries also suffered. However, Christian Resources International reports a different experience.
Executive Director of CRI Jason Woolford says, "It was the biggest and best year we've had in the ministry. We shipped more material than we've ever sent in the last 57 years [despite] one of the worst economies."
CRI takes surplus supplies of new and used Bibles, books, and other publications, and sends them to believers around the world who lack access to Christian resources.
Woolford says, "Last year we were able to ship 11 sea containers. That's $3,829,000.00 worth of free Bibles and free teaching tools that we sent around the world to places like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Liberia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and the list goes on and on."
The shipments included 1,191 Bare Your Bookshelf packages–Bible and books donated by private individuals.
A shipping container, or Great Crate, filled with used books has been to the Philippines recently, and a CRI team will follow. "There will be five major conferences there, with over 1,000 pastors already signed up, creating an opportunity to hand out 44,000 pounds–$365,000 worth–of free Bibles and Christian teaching tools to evangelists, pastors and missionaries," Woolford says,
The CRI team will be traveling to Batangas, Lucena, Comarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, and Manila March 8-19. They will be providing resources to church leaders who have work in Muslim-dominated areas of the country. "The goal is to get these materials into the hands of not only the pastors in the area, but those who happen to show up and attend. We want to equip those who are doing evangelism."
You can help CRI's work by sending in your used Bibles and books, along with funding to help ship these needed resource to those who need it most. Click here for more information.