China (MNN) — The Gospel should have no boundaries or problems of being moved around, yet in many areas it does. But thanks to Christian Resources International (CRI), the Gospel is going mobile and is introduced to a number of nations and societies that have never seen a Bible or a Christian book.
In a number of cases, some Christian churches may be planted, but don’t have a written guide.
“There are 122,000 people who are getting saved or giving their lives to the Lord everyday, but the majority of those people are attending a church where the pastor does not even own a Bible” says CRI’s Jason Woolford.
With your help, CRI has sent millions of dollars worth of used Christian books and Bibles to many of these leaders. And, they have some upcoming shipments.
“This next two weeks, we’re sending five sea containers–that’s approximately $3 million used-book value of Bibles and Christian books. [They’re] going to Ghana, Kenya, but most importantly–the one that we’re talking about right now–is Hong Kong.”
A majority of religious people in Hong Kong follow traditional Chinese religions like Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, reports InterNations. There are only about 840,000 Christians, but with more Christian books and Bibles available, the Word will help believers grow in their faith and share it with others.
This week, CRI is sending out its 4th shipment to Hong Kong. There’s a lot of hype about it among the people.
Books and Bibles are sent in English, and while the nation is known for speaking both Chinese and English, a number of citizens actually prefer English-written books. “We’re told by some of the missionaries on the ground that [the people consider] it even more priceless that it’s a Bible in English,” Woolford says.
The ministry lines up and down the street with loads of Christian books and Bibles, inviting anyone to come and take them for free.
The people aren’t the only ones who have noticed, however.
“It’s had such an impact that the followers of Islam are now trying to copycat our ministry and do the same thing with the Quran and other things of that religion. And so, we know that we’re having an impact because they’re trying to beat us at our own game, so to speak.”
It takes roughly $10,000 to send a shipment of books, but each container holds about half a million dollars worth of books, making each book average around 30 cents.
Have you ever wanted to minister to someone on the other side of the world but didn’t have the means to do so? Become a book missionary with CRI, and you’ll be able to do exactly that. Click here and send in your gently-used Christian books and Bibles to make a difference.