If you’ve ever traveled to a third world country, you know what a shock it can be. Poor roads, no running water, lack of dependable electricity (if any) and food that you are not sure of where it came from.
Needless to say, I have been in some really under-resourced areas in the last 17 years. But my trip to Malawi was a real eye opener. I’m not going to use this letter as a chance to give you a trip report. I’ll do that separately. But I do want to tell you that I believe God is up to something pretty important at Global Signet Group as we expand our ministry partnerships. From camps for kids around the planet to discipleship training in Malawi, it all matters now, more than ever.
One thing that really amazed me as we traveled from church to church was that the people did not have Bibles or Gospels. And while many of them cannot read, to have a scripture is a real luxury, and even if you could it is not widely available. Imagine that in your church only the pastor and an elder had a Bible. How would you and other people be able know what God wants you to know? We believe people need to have God’s word available so that they can live and make disciples according to what Jesus commanded.
My travel companion and our friends from To All Nations agree that we have a significant role to play in helping nationals identify those things they need the most to equip local believers for ministry. One of those things is the ability to provide scripture books, and Gospels such as Luke and John that can be used to disciple people. As you know, I have worked closely with an organization that provides Print on Demand systems that would be perfect for the work in Malawi. These modern space saving and cost efficient printing systems dramatically cut the costs of producing scriptures and other print materials. And once they are in place, there is no shipping or storage involved. We need to pursue this partnership on behalf of those believers.
We also know of hundreds of kids who are waiting to hear if they can go to Christian Summer Camp this year around the world. In some areas the economic crisis is paralyzing churches and they are not able to provide this opportunity. I would love to be able to sponsor many of them. For most, this will be their first opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus and to be mentored by Jesus followers who take vacation time to serve these kids.
I would like to ask you to pray about these two opportunities and help as you are able. My jet lag is over from the trip and I know that the Gospel must be preached to all nations, preferably by national believers we help to mentor, resource and network with. Together, we can see that come to pass in our lifetime.