Used literature needed for overseas work

By January 27, 2004

USA (MNN) — Do you have more Bibles than you know what to do with? Do you have unwanted Christian books or literature? Christian Resources International would like to help you get rid of it and put it to good use.

CRI has been doing this for nearly 50-years. CRI’s Executive Director Mark Campo says, “We have been busy at the work of collecting new and used Christian literature and distributing that to missionaries and foreign nationals who are out on the mission field.” The goal is simply to get God’s word into people’s hands.

Campo says there’s a reason that even used literature is needed. “We’re dealing with folks who literally have nothing. We get letters all the time from foreign national pastors who are teaching their whole church out of a little tiny Gideon’s New Testament,” says Campo. He adds, “They have no other theological materials to work with. No concordance, no Bible dictionary, no commentary, no anything.” So, even used books and literature can help in an incredible way.

CRI sent more than 250,000 pounds of material over seas. They’d like to expand that, and funding is the only limitation. Campo says, “We do a lot of work in the 10/40 Window and other third world countries where frankly, shipping is not inexpensive.”

Even though the materials are being shipped overseas where many don’t speak English, the English printed material does work. Campo says, “If you live in a third world country and you want to improve your station in life, it’s pretty critical that you learn a trade language. And, the primary trade languages are English and Spanish.” Typically, missionaries invite people into their homes and say, ‘we’ll teach you English.’ And, of course the material that they’re using is Sunday school materials.”

CRI needs Bibles, Bible dictionaries, commentaries, tracts, and other material to help with evangelism abroad. Contact CRI at their web site at cribooks.org.

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