International (MNN) — While 2020 was a very difficult year, Mission Cry saw growth in their ministry. Around 1.3 million people in 24 countries received a Bible or Christian book in the last 12 months. Though they have celebrated all that God has done in the past year, Jason Woolford says Mission Cry recognizes that 2021 will bring its own set of challenges.
One challenge facing ministry right now is getting containers of Bibles and Christian books into countries hostile to the Gospel.
“We’re seeing heightened problems. [Some are] trying to stop the shipments into countries [by] trying to charge more fees,” Woolford says.
Many of those receiving Bibles and books find themselves experiencing persecution and hardships as well. However, God continues to use the materials to reach people.
“[One of our distributors] went into a hospital where there was a Muslim, and he began to minister to [him] and gave him a Bible from one of our shipments,” Woolford says. “That Muslim asked Jesus into his life and is serving God and distributing our materials.”
How to Help
Mission Cry needs Bibles and Christian books in order to meet the large demand around the world for the Word of God. At one point, they even faced a shortage of these materials. You can visit their website to learn more about the types of Bibles, reference materials, and Christian books they accept.
“The average home in America has six Bibles sitting on a shelf. People can send them to us and then we’ll get those overseas to somebody who needs them,” Woolford says.
The best way to send Bibles and books to Mission Cry is via USPS media mail or a volunteer state coordinator. Visit their website here for more information.
If you don’t have any extra Bibles or books, or you want to help even more, you can donate to send a Mission Cry Bible. These Bibles only cost $2 to produce, so your donation will go a long way.
Another way you can help is by keeping Mission Cry and those who receive their resources in prayer.
“Pray that we continue to have favor and that those who are are believers in these different countries will rise up and take positions in leadership so we can continue to get the Word of God around the world,” Woolford says.
To learn more about Mission Cry and their ministry, visit their website.
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