How fantastically God is working in our day! The world’s population grows by 80 million per year. The Lord Jesus is building His Church – 25 million Christians are added to the Church each year. The growth of conservative evangelical Christians is over twice that of other Christian groups at 13 million per annum.
150,000 new pastors per year need training.
6,000 new Bible colleges per year are needed.
1,500,000 books per year needed.
Just to meet the growing need!
120,000 western missionaries work in the Developing World.
There are around 285,000 indigenous (aka national, native, home) missionaries serving in the world. They make up two-thirds of the world’s missionary force. (Yohannan, Come Let’s Reach the World, 23). These nationals work at a fraction of the cost, meaning that this is a trend that is set to continue.
With the rapid growth of the church, millions of pastors urgently need training to prevent the spread of heresy. Many Western organisations are training pastors by visiting them on short stints. Books are cheap, effective, long-term missionaries penetrating to the remotest areas.
The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimal cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.
The church in the Developing World is desperate for good Bible teaching. We can share the West’s rich heritage. British publishers have printed at least 55 million reformed Christian books in the last 50 years. Add to that the American market of hundreds of millions – what a heritage we own!
One missionary said:
“Give us the tools and we will stop the march of Islam.”
Only the Gospel will do that.
Some pastors in training described our Swahili books as:
“Weapons of Mass Construction.”