USA (MNN) — One of the largest needs for Christians around the world is books, Bibles, and other resources to help guide them in their Christian walk. One organization that is helping meet those needs is Christian Resources International.
CRI Executive Director Jason Woolford says the ministry has had an impact. "Over the last 57 years, we have sent $249 million worth of free Bibles and Christian teaching tools to over 169 nations around the world–for free–to orphans, pastors, leaders, and those who might not be able to afford the Word of God."
Woolford says the need is great. "122,000 people are coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ on a daily basis. An alarming statistic is that those 122,000 people are attending churches where a pastor doesn't even own a Bible."
The books sent overseas are gently used Bibles and other Christian books that you may have sitting on your books shelves right now. Woolford's asks that you consider baring your bookshelf for Christ. "The average home in America has about six Bibles on its shelves. We're asking that you send those to us."
CRI will ship the Bibles, books, and other resources overseas to Christians who are in desperate need of these tools that will help them in their walk with the Lord, and help them lead entire churches or communities.
Woolford says while books are important, so is the need for funding. If you can't send books, CRI needs you in another way. "People can sponsor a pastor's library, sponsor a container, or come alongside us and become a book missionary and a partner with the ministry financially."
CRI would like to have 5,000 people helping them with $10 a month. Woolford says they have a big need right now: they recently sent four containers overseas. "One of those has been sponsored, but three of them we sent by faith. So we're expecting and believing God to touch the hearts of people and bring in $65,000" needed to pay the expenses incurred.
As you support this work, you're going to war. Woolford says Islam is using a similar strategy. "We're seeing YouTube videos from Muslims who are mimicking our ministry and asking people to send Islamic books as a call to action to try to overcome what God's doing."
If you'd like to support the work of CRI through books or bucks, click here.