To be reached -500 Million young people in India

Dear Friend,
At this time of year our minds are drawn once again to the Christmas story.  Verses like Isaiah 9: 6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” stir our hearts as we ponder God’s wonderful plan of redemption.
Recently John Pandi from Gospel Literature Outreach in India spoke to the staff here at our factory.  He told us one of their principle days of outreach is Christmas Day when literally thousands of our Gospels of John are given out in Chennai.  Hindu people are more willing to hear the Gospel message during this holiday period.
Pray that this may be the case in our own land and also lands across our world where the darkness of false religion is prevalent.  We wish all you our friends and supporters a blessed and fruitful Christmas and New Year Season.

Dr. E. Velauytham during a visit to the factory

Dr. E. Velayutham the leader of India Bible Literature visited us during November.  The following is an interview with him.
Tell us a little bit about India as a country.
India is the largest democracy in the world. India has got a population of 1.3 billion people and 84% of them are Hindus and 10% Muslims and the rest are Christian and other religions.  India is divided by 28 states and we have 18 major languages that are spoken by the people.  There are 1,652 dialects and languages in India that people speak, including the tribal languages.  The Indian culture is very different from state to state, language differs, food is different and the dress  – everything is different. According to the government the Christian population is 2.5% Christian but, in reality, it is 5% to 6% of the people are evangelical Christians in India.
Is there a lot of church growth?
There is a lot of church growth.  God is blessing in India in a very special way. Every day, according to the IMA, Indian Mission Association report, around 8,000 people are coming to Christ and taking baptism and then they are entering the Church.  However there is persecution and the problem of the anti-conversion law imposed in almost 7 states of India.
What is the Anti-conversion law?
The Anti-conversion law means you are not allowed to publicly go and preach the Gospel and, even if you shared the gospel with someone and that person is willing to become a Christian and wants to take baptism, you are not allowed to do that.  You are to go to the court and ask permission from the Judge and only then are you allowed to do it – which is a long process and won’t happen.  In other words, they are saying you cannot give baptism. If a pastor or evangelist does it, it is against the law.  He will be put in jail.  That is the anti-conversion law.
Would the churches go out and conduct a lot of evangelism?
There is a lot of evangelism going on.  I must tell you that especially now-a-days in North India God has opened that place very much.  There is a revival going on in North India – in Punjab, and other regions.  In those places some years ago it was almost closed, but now God is doing a tremendous work in these areas and a lot of evangelistic work is going on there.
Does India Bible Literature work alongside other missions and churches?
Yes, India Bible Literature is an interdenominational organisation.  We work with all evangelical churches, any domination.  We work with people from all across the country, North to South, East to West.  We have thousands of partners in churches all over India.
Is the Mission divided into areas?
Yes, we have one office in Chennai.  That is our main office.  We have 50 staff in that office working.  Then we have one office in the North, one in Delhi, one in Mumbai and one in Bangalore.  All our offices are in the establishing points of India.
Do you have a lot of Missions or churches coming to you for literature?
Oh, yes.  There are many Missions who are doing outreach work.  At any given time people sometimes would ask me, I need 200,000 Gospels, or 300,000 Gospel booklets like that, because they are going on a campaign.  Sometimes house to house distribution.  Many Missions come to us and ask about large quantities of Gospels and literature.  That is why our need is always increasing.  That is why we are requesting more and more containers to be shipped to India.
So what would you say is the impact of the Gospels of John?
I would say it is just touching the lives of India in many ways because you know, I can tell you stories and I can give you many reports.  There is one person, a young man in a city who was first opposed to the evangelists who wanted to share the Gospel with him.  But, at the end of the day when the Gospel of John was given to him that night he could not sleep for thinking about the booklet, in a sense God told him to read the Gospel.  He took the Gospel and read it and he committed his life to the Lord and became a pastor.  In other words, he was a very strong Hindu man first opposed to the Gospel, but whereas now he is working as a pastor.

In the same area in West Bangalore a communist youth group leader, was given a Gospel.  He took it not reading anything from it.  He kept it in the home but, when he was depressed one day something told him to take that Gospel and read, and he read it. God touched him and, not only was he saved, but he had a burden to go and reach to other students, other young men, in the communist political wing – to bring them back to the faith.  So, like that, there are many stories I can tell you.
There is a young girl in Chennai, a 17 year old girl, was about to commit suicide.  It was noontime and the evangelists were going door to door and distributing Gospel booklets.  They knocked the door.  The door wasn’t locked because the girl was inside trying to commit suicide.  They just threw a booklet inside the home.  It fell at her feet.  She looked at it and stopped hanging herself because it was a salvation tract.  She took it.  What is this?  And she read it and God touched her.  She escaped from that terrible suicidal situation.  So God is touching and bringing many souls to the Kingdom of God.  It is a tremendous work.
Are you using our sets of children’s Bible lessons?
Yes, children’s Bible lessons are used in Sunday schools and through our Vacation Bible school and in our programmes when we have the follow-up materials.  There is a welcoming now in the churches for the children’s work and children’s picture charts are used for reaching the children.  The picture chart is very good – not only to show the picture, but also the lesson printed on the reverse side, to help the teacher to teach the children the Gospel in a very meaningful way.
How big is your children’s ministry?
Well, we are reaching 300,000 children every year through our Vacation Bible school but, you know, that is very small compared to the need in India.  India has got 40% of youth, I mean children below 18 years which means India has got 400 to 500 million children, but what we are doing is very small.  If we had the resources we could teach at least one million children through our Vacation Bible school.
So you are getting a lot more requests for literature than what you can meet?
Yes, absolutely.  You know I have been sharing that we are distributing only 55,000 pieces of literature each working day, but we want to make that 100,000 items a day.  That is our mission.  That is our goal. That is the kind of a need we have for the nation of India.
What happens to churches that write and ask and you don’t have?
Well, that is a very, very disturbing situation.  Many churches write to us and we are saying no.  There is no other place where they can go because the Bible Society of India is not publishing Gospels anymore.  It is only India Bible Literature that is distributing Gospels and booklets in very large quantities to evangelists and churches for use in their evangelistic campaigns.  So it is very important that we always have stock with us for the people who come to us asking for the Gospel booklets because it is not available anywhere.
In other words, if they don’t get what they are needing?
No.  Sometimes they ask for 100,000.  I am giving only 20,000.  Literally that is what is happening.  Somebody asked for 500,000 sometimes for a campaign.  I am sorry I can give you 100,000.  That is all we have.  Thank you for all your fellowship in the Lord’s work.

Ukraine

Boys and Girls receiving the Meet the King booklets in Ukraine

Dear Samuel, Warm greetings from Ukraine. We have noticed in our office that many children would like to receive a correspondence course lesson, but I think that this is just the start and soon we will be receiving a lot more of the reply slips from the “Meet the King” booklets which are being distributed at present.
One of our workers has shared that children in boarding schools (they are poor children and many of them are  orphans) are eager to have the Bible lessons.  They were very grateful for the booklets, though many of them will not be able to correspond since they change the place of residence from time to time – and they do not have the finances to cover postage costs.  Thank you for helping us with the literature.  Olga Kuzmina. CEF.

“Dear friends, I am a young Christian teacher in a public school in Romania.  One of my students gave me a little book for teens on the dangers of pornography called “Save Yourself from the Trap”.  I really like the little book.  It is the best book that I have ever seen that talks on such issues for teens.  I want to get in touch with people who printed it and this is why I decided to write to you.
I am working with students as a teacher and I lead a Christian charity called “Teens 4 Christ, Romania”.  We are now at the beginning and I would love to have more of these little booklets and give it to the teens in schools.  Can we work together?  May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and strengthen your work for the young generation.  Emmanuel Nicolescu.
During December we are expecting delivery of over 150 Tonnes of paper at a cost of over £120,000.00. We appreciate very much the prayers and support of all our friends and we ask you to pray that all the financial needs of the work will continue to be supplied.

Yours for a Great Revival,

Samuel Adams              Clive Allen

Dear Friend,
At this time of year our minds are drawn once again to the Christmas story.  Verses like Isaiah 9: 6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” stir our hearts as we ponder God’s wonderful plan of redemption.
Recently John Pandi from Gospel Literature Outreach in India spoke to the staff here at our factory.  He told us one of their principle days of outreach is Christmas Day when literally thousands of our Gospels of John are given out in Chennai.  Hindu people are more willing to hear the Gospel message during this holiday period.
Pray that this may be the case in our own land and also lands across our world where the darkness of false religion is prevalent.  We wish all you our friends and supporters a blessed and fruitful Christmas and New Year Season.
On  4th November we shipped a container load of literature to our friends in India Bible Literature.  This consignment also consisted of a large quantity of Gospel booklets for the work of India Every Home Crusade.
On 12th November we sent approximately 20 tonnes of Gospel tracts, Gospels of John and Scripture booklets to our  depot in Brazil.  They continue to do a tremendous work and, at present, are distributing about 10 tonnes of literature every month all across the country of Brazil.
On 16th November we made a shipment of 9 pallets of literature for the work of Bible Mission.  This consignment finalises the last of the literature for the One-2-Ten project in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova which will take place during Christmas and the New Year period.  We also included in this consignment a supply of Scripture calendars in the Polish language and also a consignment in German/Turkish.  There is a large Turkish community in Germany and Bible Mission have commenced an outreach work amongst these people.
On 22nd November we shipped a container to the China Tourist Ministry in Hong Kong.  In this container we shipped 260,000 Gospels of John, 260,000 “Pardon for Sin and Assurance of Peace with God” booklets, 300,000 children’s tracts and 5,000 sets of our children’s Bible lessons.  This is for a new ministry that has been developed in order to reach people from mainland China.
Each year approximately 1 million Chinese people leave mainland China and visit either Hong Kong or Macau where there is freedom to distribute literature and conduct evangelism.  This ministry has begun to make up gift bags which include a number of Gospel leaflets and a DVD presenting the Gospel message for distribution to these tourists.  They have asked us to help them with supplies of literature for these gift bags.  They helped us by translating the booklet, “Pardon for Sin and Assurance of Peace with God” into Chinese, as well as our 3 children’s tracts and helped us prepare the Gospel of John for printing.  At this time these friends are distributing about 40,000 gift bags per month and they hope to be able to increase the number of these bags they distribute very soon.
They also have tables laid out with extra literature where they will be placing our set of children’s Bible lessons so that any teachers will be able to get a set of Bible lessons to take back with them into mainland China.  This is an exciting new opportunity in getting God’s Word into a land which has been consistently difficult to work in.
On 29th November we shipped a container to Mr and Mrs Alan Graham and for the work of CEF in Zimbabwe.  In this container we included 2,000 sets of children’s Bible lessons, 300,000 children’s tracts, Gospels of John in English and Shona with over 500,000 Mailbox Club Bible lessons.

Dr. E. Velayutham the leader of India Bible Literature visited us during November.  The following is an interview with him.
Tell us a little bit about India as a country.
India is the largest democracy in the world. India has got a population of 1.3 billion people and 84% of them are Hindus and 10% Muslims and the rest are Christian and other religions.  India is divided by 28 states and we have 18 major languages that are spoken by the people.  There are 1,652 dialects and languages in India that people speak, including the tribal languages.  The Indian culture is very different from state to state, language differs, food is different and the dress  – everything is different. According to the government the Christian population is 2.5% Christian but, in reality, it is 5% to 6% of the people are evangelical Christians in India.
Is there a lot of church growth?
There is a lot of church growth.  God is blessing in India in a very special way. Every day, according to the IMA, Indian Mission Association report, around 8,000 people are coming to Christ and taking baptism and then they are entering the Church.  However there is persecution and the problem of the anti-conversion law imposed in almost 7 states of India.
What is the Anti-conversion law?
The Anti-conversion law means you are not allowed to publicly go and preach the Gospel and, even if you shared the gospel with someone and that person is willing to become a Christian and wants to take baptism, you are not allowed to do that.  You are to go to the court and ask permission from the Judge and only then are you allowed to do it – which is a long process and won’t happen.  In other words, they are saying you cannot give baptism. If a pastor or evangelist does it, it is against the law.  He will be put in jail.  That is the anti-conversion law.
Would the churches go out and conduct a lot of evangelism?
There is a lot of evangelism going on.  I must tell you that especially now-a-days in North India God has opened that place very much.  There is a revival going on in North India – in Punjab, and other regions.  In those places some years ago it was almost closed, but now God is doing a tremendous work in these areas and a lot of evangelistic work is going on there.
Does India Bible Literature work alongside other missions and churches?
Yes, India Bible Literature is an interdenominational organisation.  We work with all evangelical churches, any domination.  We work with people from all across the country, North to South, East to West.  We have thousands of partners in churches all over India.
Is the Mission divided into areas?
Yes, we have one office in Chennai.  That is our main office.  We have 50 staff in that office working.  Then we have one office in the North, one in Delhi, one in Mumbai and one in Bangalore.  All our offices are in the establishing points of India.
Do you have a lot of Missions or churches coming to you for literature?
Oh, yes.  There are many Missions who are doing outreach work.  At any given time people sometimes would ask me, I need 200,000 Gospels, or 300,000 Gospel booklets like that, because they are going on a campaign.  Sometimes house to house distribution.  Many Missions come to us and ask about large quantities of Gospels and literature.  That is why our need is always increasing.  That is why we are requesting more and more containers to be shipped to India.
So what would you say is the impact of the Gospels of John?
I would say it is just touching the lives of India in many ways because you know, I can tell you stories and I can give you many reports.  There is one person, a young man in a city who was first opposed to the evangelists who wanted to share the Gospel with him.  But, at the end of the day when the Gospel of John was given to him that night he could not sleep for thinking about the booklet, in a sense God told him to read the Gospel.  He took the Gospel and read it and he committed his life to the Lord and became a pastor.  In other words, he was a very strong Hindu man first opposed to the Gospel, but whereas now he is working as a pastor.
In the same area in West Bangalore a communist youth group leader, was given a Gospel.  He took it not reading anything from it.  He kept it in the home but, when he was depressed one day something told him to take that Gospel and read, and he read it. God touched him and, not only was he saved, but he had a burden to go and reach to other students, other young men, in the communist political wing – to bring them back to the faith.  So, like that, there are many stories I can tell you.
There is a young girl in Chennai, a 17 year old girl, was about to commit suicide.  It was noontime and the evangelists were going door to door and distributing Gospel booklets.  They knocked the door.  The door wasn’t locked because the girl was inside trying to commit suicide.  They just threw a booklet inside the home.  It fell at her feet.  She looked at it and stopped hanging herself because it was a salvation tract.  She took it.  What is this?  And she read it and God touched her.  She escaped from that terrible suicidal situation.  So God is touching and bringing many souls to the Kingdom of God.  It is a tremendous work.
Are you using our sets of children’s Bible lessons?
Yes, children’s Bible lessons are used in Sunday schools and through our Vacation Bible school and in our programmes when we have the follow-up materials.  There is a welcoming now in the churches for the children’s work and children’s picture charts are used for reaching the children.  The picture chart is very good – not only to show the picture, but also the lesson printed on the reverse side, to help the teacher to teach the children the Gospel in a very meaningful way.
How big is your children’s ministry?
Well, we are reaching 300,000 children every year through our Vacation Bible school but, you know, that is very small compared to the need in India.  India has got 40% of youth, I mean children below 18 years which means India has got 400 to 500 million children, but what we are doing is very small.  If we had the resources we could teach at least one million children through our Vacation Bible school.
How fast does the container load of literature move?
After the container arrives it is all distributed within a few days as we have so many requests waiting. You are sending one container a month.  We can distribute two containers a month.  That is the kind of need we have.
So you are getting a lot more requests for literature than what you can meet?
Yes, absolutely.  You know I have been sharing that we are distributing only 55,000 pieces of literature each working day, but we want to make that 100,000 items a day.  That is our mission.  That is our goal. That is the kind of a need we have for the nation of India.
What happens to churches that write and ask and you don’t have?
Well, that is a very, very disturbing situation.  Many churches write to us and we are saying no.  There is no other place where they can go because the Bible Society of India is not publishing Gospels anymore.  It is only India Bible Literature that is distributing Gospels and booklets in very large quantities to evangelists and churches for use in their evangelistic campaigns.  So it is very important that we always have stock with us for the people who come to us asking for the Gospel booklets because it is not available anywhere.
In other words, if they don’t get what they are needing?
No.  Sometimes they ask for 100,000.  I am giving only 20,000.  Literally that is what is happening.  Somebody asked for 500,000 sometimes for a campaign.  I am sorry I can give you 100,000.  That is all we have.  We are very grateful for all that you are doing by sending us one container of literature each month. This literature is a huge blessing but when we look at the requests it is not enough.
Thank you for all your fellowship in the Lord’s work.

Dear Samuel, Warm greetings from Ukraine. We have noticed in our office that many children would like to receive a correspondence course lesson, but I think that this is just the start and soon we will be receiving a lot more of the reply slips from the “Meet the King” booklets which are being distributed at present.
One of our workers has shared that children in boarding schools (they are poor children and many of them are  orphans) are eager to have the Bible lessons.  They were very grateful for the booklets, though many of them will not be able to correspond since they change the place of residence from time to time – and they do not have the finances to cover postage costs.  Thank you for helping us with the literature.  Olga Kuzmina. CEF.
“Dear friends, I am a young Christian teacher in a public school in Romania.  One of my students gave me a little book for teens on the dangers of pornography called “Save Yourself from the Trap”.  I really like the little book.  It is the best book that I have ever seen that talks on such issues for teens.  I want to get in touch with people who printed it and this is why I decided to write to you.
I am working with students as a teacher and I lead a Christian charity called “Teens 4 Christ, Romania”.  We are now at the beginning and I would love to have more of these little booklets and give it to the teens in schools.  Can we work together?  May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and strengthen your work for the young generation.  Emmanuel Nicolescu.
administered areas in Tanzania.  The population of Tanzania is more than 42 million people who live in over 40,000 villages and rural towns.  In each village the inhabitants hold many things in common such as language, a subsistent standard of living and a fear of spirits, sicknesses and death.  Everyone knows everyone else.  There is also a network of family and other relationships that link the villages to surrounding villages.
The number of people, who have entrusted their lives to take the message of the Gospel of the kingdom to those who have never heard and to take care of the converts to grow to maturity, is still very low.  The goal of EHC Tanzania is to see that unreached communities in the country are reached through the equipped workers who are trained to reach unreached homes as well as prepare others to do the same.  One of the ways for obtaining this goal is to make use of the distribution of Gospel literature throughout the country of Tanzania.  Literature distribution is a powerful way of reaching unreached people with the Gospel.  It gives the messenger a starting point in the conversation about the Gospel and is something to leave behind to the hearer who can refer to it after the messenger has left.  Gospel literature also encourages the workers to reach the unreached as it equips them with the necessary tools for the task – making them feel well prepared and not afraid of what to say to those whom they meet.  At the moment EHC Tanzania has seen more than 100,000 people make decisions for Christ and, through this, they have formed 9,247 Christ groups.
We would like to thank Revival Movement Association for the literature they have been supplying to us.  With an increase in Gospel literature distribution the achievements can be dramatically increased.  The literature is also instrumental in teaching the new believers to grow in their faith.  We would like to request for two container loads of literature – one for the beginning of 2012 and another one for the middle of 2012.  All of the Gospels of John, “Pardon and Assurance” and Scripture booklets and tracts should be in the Swahili language … Benowartd A. Ungele.
Hello Samuel, CEF Bulgaria would like to launch the “Church to Children” project as soon as possible and therefore they would like to request 100,000 copies of “Meet the King”, and 30,000 of each of numbers 1 – 10 of the “God Cares about You” correspondence course lessons.  CEF of Poland would also like to request 50,000 copies of the tract “How to Get to Heaven” from Poland.   Thank you so much for all of your wonderful help.   Bogdan Bassara.