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June 22 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Zimbabwe
Congratulations to these Project Philip Bible study graduates in Zimbabwe! Around the globe, Project Philip Bible studies, Bible-based Literacy classes, and Church Planter Training courses have continued despite the pandemic. How encouraging to see a new group of graduates receiving their Bibles – pray for them as they continue to engage in the Word of God!
June 15 - Ministry Update
Ministry in China
Recently, the first Chinese Bible-Based Literacy training held in North America was completed! Thirty-three people graduated from the program. Praise God for the technology that allowed us to host this course during COVID-19. We are so grateful that in the midst of the pandemic, God continues to show His faithfulness!
June 8 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Argentina
The Faith at Home Christian Center in Argentina was closed down because of COVID-19. The Acosta family was determined to continue their two kids’ Project Philip studies at home, but they went a step further. They invited three children in need of temporary shelter to stay with them. The five kids wanted a way to share the Gospel with their community, so they created two large signs to hang outside their home on Easter Sunday. One says “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He died for you.” The other says “Resurrected.” The signs are still up today, and people passing by will applaud, honk, yell, and cheer. Praise God for this beautiful creativity!
May 28 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Ghana
Praise God for Project Philip Bible study graduations happening around the world! These graduates in Ghana pose with their new Bibles.
May 27 - Devotional
"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." - Hebrews 11:6 ESV
Hebrews 11 is all about faith and it lists a number of examples from the Old Testament of people who accomplished great things by faith. It begins in verse 1 by defining faith as "assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Faith, one might say, is knowledge of things that are not readily available to the five senses.
That's why it takes faith to believe there is a God. Although God reveals Himself to us in many ways, He's not available to our senses the way creaturely things are available. Indeed, for God to successfully reveal Himself to us He must do so indirectly, through creaturely things we can perceive. Thus, for example, God's authoritative word comes to us indirectly through the medium of the Bible. It takes faith to believe that the words of the Bible we can see and hear are actually God's words.
Our verse for today tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. It pleases God when someone turns in faith toward His revelation… when someone earnestly seeks His presence. It pleases God when someone turns away from feeble attempts to solve the cares and concerns of life and comes to Him seeking His will and purpose.
If it's time for you to turn toward God and earnestly seek Him out, then you can be assured there are rewards for making the effort. Coming to God is not done in vain. God may be found by the earnest seeker who can look beyond the cloak of creaturely existence with the eyes of faith and see the God who has the power to bestow the appropriate reward. What kind of reward is that? From the examples given in Hebrews 11, we can see that it can be virtually anything—even stopping the mouths of lions and the conquering of kingdoms.
May 22 - Devotional
And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope... - Hosea 2:15 ESV
So many places in the Old Testament reflect the hope that we can have in Jesus Christ. Entering the promised land, the valley of Achor was the place where Achan and his family were stoned. They chose to bless themselves despite the Lord's commands to not take anything from the city of Jericho. It was a place symbolic to the Israelites who suffered a loss against the city of Ai because of the sin of Achan. It became a place of curse.
The prophet Hosea uses this valley in his preaching to point out the mercy of God. In our verse for today, he says the valley of Achor will become a door of hope. Further in the chapter, God speaks through Hosea, "...I will have mercy on No Mercy, I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people'" (v. 23 ESV). The curse of sin has been removed and eternal blessing of mercy and belonging came instead.
Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose again to make this possible for you and me. The price is paid, let Him call you my people, let Him have mercy on you. If you surrender your life to Him, God will save you from the curse and have mercy on you. Walk through the door of hope.
The prophet Isaiah confirms this conversion from curse to hope, "...The valley of Achor will be a place for cattle to rest. All this will be for my people—for the people who come to me for help" (Isaiah 65:10 ERV).
Our God, a God of mercy and love, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
May 19 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Haiti
Macula works at a medical lab in Haiti. A trained Project Philip Bible study leader, she is committed to reaching people at her workplace with the Gospel, especially during the pandemic. Read more.
May 18 - Devotional
...let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. - Hebrews 13:13 NKJV
In order to save us from our sins, Jesus "suffered outside the gate" (Hebrews 13:12). That is, He suffered death by crucifixion outside the gate of the city of Jerusalem. He also suffered the reproach of people. For example, after they had scourged him, the Romans soldiers placed a crown of thorns on his head and mocked Him (Matthew 27:27-31). And while He was on the cross, the chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Him by saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save" (Matthew 27:42).
Our verse for today says that we should "go forth to him, outside the camp, bearing his reproach." As if we were there back in the day and in a position to decide, we should decide to go to Him. Instead of identifying with the religious leaders that controlled the Temple and the religious life of Jerusalem, we should identify with Jesus by going to Him outside of Jerusalem. Since Jesus said we should follow Him (Matthew 16:24), we should follow Him out there as well, even if it means suffering the same kind of reproach as Him and even if it means death for us.
After all, what good would it have done us if we had decided to save our own skins by siding with the religious leaders? Those leaders, the Temple where they served, and the whole city of Jerusalem were doomed. Indeed, in 70 A.D., everything in Jerusalem, including the Temple, was utterly destroyed by the Roman army. If we had sided with them, we would have sided with a lost cause. Instead of siding with Jesus, who now sits next to God the Father in the New Jerusalem (Ephesians 1:20-23; Hebrews 12:22-24), we would have sided with the religious leaders and the Old Jerusalem that doesn't even exist anymore.
It's not too late, however, to make the right decision. We can still side with Jesus. We may have to suffer reproach if we do, we may even have to die if we do, but our decision is the only decision that's worth it. The writer of Hebrews goes on to say, "For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come" (Hebrews 13:14).
Let us, therefore, side with Jesus and the New Jerusalem, the continuing city, the one to come (Revelation 21:2).
May 15 - Devotional
By Maritza Martinez-Pereira, Bible League International staff, Illinois, U.S.
So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist… - Ephesians 6:14 ERV
Years ago, I decided to join a friend to experience one full hour of Pilates. All I remember of that once-in-a-lifetime workout experience was that your core's strength is critical to move from novice to advanced levels. In Pilates, your midsection (your core) is your source of stability. I remember being told that day, multiple times, "it is all about your core!" My experience with Pilates ended that day; it just wasn't for me. But the one thing I took away was the statement that has been engrained in my mind, "it is all about your core."
That quote brings this important question to mind: what is your source of stability? What is going to give you the strength to endure, to persevere, to remain disciplined in your Christian walk? For believers, it is also all about our core. That means that we need to wear the belt of truth as described in our verse for today.
Truth is accepting and believing that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and the only way to have access to the Father (John 14:6). When Jesus prayed for His followers in John 17, He asked God the Father to help them be ready to serve. Jesus says we are ready to serve only when we have accepted truth, which is found in His Word (v.17). When we focus on our core and put on our biblical belts, then we indeed are embracing truth—the truth that sets us free (John 8:32)!
So how can we walk in stability and in freedom? By wearing the belt of truth. You can obtain the belt of truth by seeking God, meditating on the Word, asking for forgiveness, and asking that the Potter mold you to renew and restore your mind and heart. Working your core requires dedication. You must wear that belt of truth whether you are on or off duty. Most importantly, wearing the belt of truth requires that we not forget the sword, the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:14).
May 14 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Indonesia
A few weeks ago, we told you about a Project Philip Bible study in Indonesia being held on Whatsapp that had almost 100 active participants. We are thrilled to share that the second study is about to start and has 174 participants signed up! Many churches in the area plan to adopt these Whatsapp Project Philip Bible studies as part of their discipleship plan. Praise God!
May 13 - Devotional
By Pastor Thony Ronaldo, Bible League International partner, Jakarta, Indonesia
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. - 2 Timothy 4:2 NLT
In October 2018, I was in New York for an extended holiday after attending the 80th anniversary of Bible League International. I stayed in a small guest house in the Lower East Side of Manhattan without ever knowing that it was not considered a safe place to stay. Now, this was my first trip to the United States, and it was my childhood dream that one day I could arrive here in the land of Uncle Sam. And because I am a pastor, I prayed that God would use me to minister to other people while I was there. I thought somebody might ask me to lead the worship or share the Word, but nothing like this was taking place.
One night, I was walking alone, heading to my guest house, and a man asked me for money. He was homeless. I was so afraid. He was much bigger and taller than me. I prayed in my heart that God would help me. Suddenly, I heard a still voice in my heart. "You want to do ministry? This is the time to do it!" I was confused about what God was trying to tell me. And then, for a couple of seconds, I remembered something. I had experiences in ministering to the Papuan people of Indonesia. This group has much respect and honor for pastors and missionaries. So, I thought, "Let me just try something that I used to do with my Papuan brothers."
I said, "Brother, I actually have a couple of dollars that I can share with you, but can I at least pray for you first? I am a pastor." I can see that he looked at me differently after I said that, and then he said, "Okay, you can." He even called a girl to join us (maybe she was his girlfriend or wife). So, the three of us were holding hands in the streets of Manhattan, and I had the opportunity to pray for them and share Jesus with them. Later in the week, I noticed that they often slept in front of my guest house so I brought them food several times. I hope that it can be a good seed that God can use to do even greater things in their lives.
Through this experience, I learned that I need to be more sensitive in knowing what God wants to do in our lives and through our lives. We all have the same responsibility to share Jesus with everyone around us. Be open and expect Him to work in unexpected ways.
May 12 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Thailand
Because of social distancing, many families in Thailand do not have enough food to feed their families. A Project Philip Bible study leader began distributing food to families in the area.
May 11 - Devotional
By Lillian Mutambi, Bible League International staff, Nairobi, Kenya
Don't worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God's peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds. - Philippians 4:6-7 ERV
In Exodus 3, God appears and calls Moses, sending him back to Egypt to deliver his people. This was a great moment for the Israelites. Having been in slavery for over 400 years, they had waited for their deliverance for so long. Finally, God shows up by sending Moses. Pharaoh resisted, but in the end, ‘'he was made willing‘'—since he was not willing to let the children of Israel go.
Later, in Exodus 14, Pharaoh changes his mind, takes his best chariots, and follows the children of Israel. Upon seeing Pharaoh pursuing them, they were terrified, gripped with fear. Their joy of leaving Egypt turned into mourning and sorrow. The Israelites were between Pharaoh and the Red Sea. They cried to the Lord and at the same time lamented to Moses. Moses responds by telling the people to not be afraid, stand firm, and see the Lord's salvation (Exodus 14:13).
It is very easy to be still when all about life is okay. But God gives us the peace that surpasses all human understanding.
This is no ordinary peace, but the kind that we can have when all that can go wrong has gone wrong. In that circumstance, we still behave normally and be at peace. It is beyond human understanding. It is the kind that Moses was asking the children of Israel to have, even with the seemingly dire circumstances that faced them.
Being still and being calm means to be confident, have no uncertainties, total tranquility.
How can we attain it? What can keep us quiet in the Lord even when things around us are not right?
Be confident and courageous in whose you are and who you are in Christ Jesus. Being assured and sure of where you have come from and where you are going. Depend on God. Tune in and listen to God's voice, trust in Him alone (Isaiah 26:3). The voices can be many in times of turmoil. Choose to tune in to God's voice. Lastly, give all your worries to God, for He cares (1 Peter 5:7).
May 8 - Devotional
By Subish, Bible League International partner, India
"Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will save it." - Luke 9:24 ERV
Once, missionary Sadhu Sundar Singh was traveling on foot through the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep cliff, they heard a cry for help. At the foot of the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt.
The monk said, "Do not stop. God has brought this man to his fate because of his bad karma. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we, too, perish." But Sadhu replied, "God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot abandon him."
The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow while the missionary clambered down the steep embankment. The injured man's leg was broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket and tied the man on his back. With great difficulty, he climbed back up the cliff carrying the man, drenched by now in sweat.
Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell, but not from weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road. Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It was the body of the monk, frozen to death.
Our calling is not to hold tightly to our own lives and wellbeing. Our calling is to surrender ourselves for Christ and for others. If we cling to ourselves, we will lose our lives. We must let go of our own lives to serve Jesus and serve others. Let us be compassionate and reach out to people in need as Jesus showed us an example. He gave his life for you and me. Are you ready to give your life for others?
May 7 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Haiti
Nurses in Haiti are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. During their infrequent, short breaks, they aren’t sleeping or calling their families. They are reading the Word of God, provided by Bible League International.
May 6 - Ministry Update
National Day of Prayer
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Each year, thousands of people around the country gather to pray, but due to the current circumstances, groups are hosting virtual prayers throughout the day. We will be hosting a live prayer session on our Facebook page tomorrow at 2:00pm CST. We would love for you to join us! Like our Facebook page now.
May 5 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Mexico
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials in Mexico still allowed groups of 50 to meet while keeping a safe distance. On the brink of this global disaster, a pastor and Bible League partner saw the need for evangelism and discipleship in homes, so he hosted a large Project Philip training for his church members. Now, most of the church members are Project Philip Bible study leaders and are studying the Word in their homes. We know when this crisis is over, all of these leaders will continue to share the Word with their families and neighbors. Praise God for this pastor’s eagerness to train others to share the Gospel!
May 4 - Devotional
By Thomas Resane, Bible League International Staff, South Africa
"'...And look at the vines, the fig trees, and the pomegranate and olive trees. They have not yet produced any fruit. But beginning today, I will bless you.'" - Haggai 2:19 ERV
Haggai 2:18-19 is the true message for our current season. It is a season to be reliant on God.
Haggai called the people to look forward in faith to what God was going to do for them. Previously, Haggai called them to repentance. Now, he calls them to dependence. He reminds us that we need to be reliant upon our God more, and also upon His word. In this verse, we are called to two things:
First, consider the foundation upon which we trust in God.
Before this day, God was chastening His disobedient people. But in these verses, things have shifted. God is going to bless them. The people can anticipate the goodness and the blessings of the Lord because of what He has done for us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In our current season, we can trust the guidance and goodness of the Lord because we have trusted in Christ, in Whom we are blessed with all spiritual blessings!
Second, consider the faith with which we trust in God. In other words, God assures his people, "…from this day forward, I am going to bless you."
God was telling His people that, regardless of negative experiences, He is going to bless them. But for this to happen, they must trust Him. Sometimes our lives seem barren. Nothing good has happened in a while, and it looks like nothing good will happen soon. Yet, when things have been bad, and seem to be bad still, the Word of God promises us His blessings. We can trust that He will bless us.
May 1 - Devotional
By Esther Lam, Bible League International staff, Hong Kong
God, you showed that I was innocent. You gave me relief from all my troubles. So listen to me now when I call to you for help. Be kind to me and hear my prayer. - Psalm 4:1 ERV
Sometimes, prayer is just a routine in my daily life. I pray, but I don't believe God will act. Often, the power in prayer is lacking. There is little or no passion for prayer.
Today's verse is a prayer that David made when he was chased by his son Absalom. He thanked God for his experience, "You gave me relief from all my troubles." Many translations use 'enlarge' for relief. David thanked God not because he was free from trouble, but he was 'relieved' or 'enlarged' in the distress.
Relief during times of trouble is more important than being completely free from the troubles. Being free from trouble is only temporary. The next trouble is on the way, then the next and the next. Relief is a feeling, understanding, acceptance, and then change in attitude. Like Joseph's journey from a slave to the governor of Egypt, and like the persecution of early churches caused the spread of the Gospel. The troubles did not stop, but there was relief.
When David was relieved from his trouble, he learned how to deal with desperation. This lesson set the groundwork for future troubles. He was so 'enlarged' or 'relieved' in his mind and heart that he wrote beautiful thankful songs throughout his life.
The change is from inside out. God teaches us to accept distress in a broader way. His way is higher than our way. In this lesson, His way becomes our way.
April 29 - Devotional
By Maritza Martinez-Pereira, Bible League International staff, Illinois, U.S.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. - Psalm 103:1 NIV
We know that there is abundant joy in the presence of the Lord. Yet, there are times that we may drag our feet and become unwilling to position and humble ourselves like children that run towards the Father's embrace. This unwillingness causes us to deny ourselves the opportunity to connect with God our Father. It denies us the opportunity to be comforted, to be encouraged, and to have our hearts and minds mended. During those moments, Psalms 103:1-5 is a good reference for us.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Freedom is received when we praise God! It is in His presence and through praise that we are forgiven, healed, and renewed. We should pray and share our hearts with the Lord. Consider the following prayer:
"I need you! God, I need You. I come before you to ask that You heal my heart and mind.
I need You Lord. I need Your Word to be pressed firmly and engraved in my heart. As I speak, help me lift up and not destroy those around me. Help me stand on Your solid ground regardless of the push and pull I am facing.
I need You Lord. Build up my faith. Forgive me for my sins.
I need You Lord. Oh, I know that it is in Your presence that my heart is filled with joy and peace. Thank You for Your forgiveness. My heart is renewed.
April 27 - Devotional
By Bill Niblette, Ph.D., Bible League International Staff, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father who is full of mercy, the God of all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble so that when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ERV
In 2 Corinthians, Apostle Paul begins his second letter to the believers in Corinth on a note of comfort. He will highlight this needed attitude/action six times related to various issues throughout this very personal letter.
These were turbulent times for the Roman Empire because the entire region was suffering under a drought-instilled famine. The incompetency of Claudius to plan and deal with it in the final year of his reign had now been exacerbated by an even more incompetent Nero. Jerusalem was truly suffering (Acts 11:27-30), but the churches of Macedonia were stepping up to help more in the region where the supply-chain worked the least. Paul was asking the Corinthians to join in on this endeavor of mutual support.
Notice the source for comfort Paul references. It begins with the ‘God of all comfort.' Our first glance should be upward, particularly in this turbulent time of a coronavirus outbreak. But the comfort that comes from God is enough to spread outward toward others who are perhaps feeling the same kind of affliction you are feeling. That's a contagion worth giving to others around you!
In this time of social distancing, where the supply-chain of the heart may be somewhat strained, be encouraged. The comfort you find from the Father of mercies is plentiful enough to share with those around you through calls, notes, emails, and perhaps monetary gifts that encourage and help fill in the gaps.
April 24 - Devotional
By Scott Stevens, Bible League International Staff, Illinois, U.S.
God, save me from all my troubles! The rising water has reached my neck. I have nothing to stand on. I am sinking down, down into the mud. I am in deep water, and the waves are about to cover me. - Psalm 69:1-2 ERV
The opening verses of Psalm 69 sound like a very serious situation, one that many people are experiencing in our current pandemic. The image of water rising to your neck or the feeling of sinking down into the mud are both graphic depictions of what it can feel like when chaos strikes suddenly. The loss of employment, fear of the virus itself, new schedules for work, family, and everyday life can leave you feeling the water is coming up to your neck.
Yet it's comforting to know that, like the psalmist, we too can cry out to the Lord in our current situation. We can voice the multitude of anxieties we may be feeling at this moment. There's an interesting decision and declaration of faith later in the psalm.
"As for me, LORD, this is my prayer to you: Please accept me! God, I want you to answer me with love. I know I can trust you to save me. Pull me from the mud, and don't let me sink down deeper" (Psalm 69:13-14 ERV).
This is the posture we need to take today. Amid great uncertainty, change, and loss, we need to declare daily, "But as for me Lord, my prayer is to you because I can trust You." We should look with eyes of faith to see the Lord's grace, even in the storm.
Let's join together in choosing to bring the troubles and concerns that our world is currently facing to the Lord in prayer.
April 23 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Mozambique
From our national director of ministry in Mozambique: “As I was passing by a house, I found Sonia, 13 years old, while she was praying with her younger brother. I asked her, “Why are you praying?” She simply answered, “Praying and reading the Bible bring hope.” Praise God for His never-ending hope.
April 22 - Devotional
By Debbie Mesin, Bible League International Staff, Illinois, U.S.
Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went and woke him. They said, "Teacher, don't you care about us? We are going to drown!" - Mark 4:38 ERV
The storms of life abound. As the disciples in Mark 4:37 experienced the violent storm and the boat filling with water, fear gripped their hearts. They were so afraid, they believed Jesus didn't care.
The storm presented a great opportunity for Jesus to reveal Himself in the storm. "Jesus stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. He said, ‘Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. He said to his followers, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?'" (Mark 4:39-40 ERV)
How often we forget Jesus is in the boat when the storms of life assail us. How easily we can believe He isn't involved or doesn't care. Jesus is still revealing Himself today, whether it is through COVID-19 or any other storm. The storm may not immediately subside, but the Savior stays in the boat with you. He is always in complete control. We are always safe in His loving care.
The larger question at hand—Is Jesus in your boat through the calm waters and the raging storms of life? If He is not, today is the day of salvation. Surrender your will for His will. Place your faith in Jesus Christ. His sacrifice on the cross for your sin and resurrection to new life. You can have assurance of eternal life and peace with God (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 3:18; John 1:12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:13).
Be encouraged, Jesus weathered the "hurricane" on the cross for us. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us no matter the storm. "Quiet! Be still!"
April 21 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Thailand
“In times like this, people are thirsty for salvation, and we should be a light in the world. The time to move is now!” Pastors in Thailand are sharing the Gospel with anyone they meet. Read more!
April 20 - Devotional
By Thomas Resane, Bible League International Staff, South Africa
That year is Jubilee. It will be a holy time for you. - Leviticus 25:12 ERV
A common complaint today is that people are too busy. Busyness is the plague of our day, an enemy of true spirituality. Tired, stressed-out people are hobbled in their ability to enjoy the presence of God.
We learn about Jubilee in Leviticus 25: 10-27. Jubilee was a time to relax and enjoy God's goodness, a period to gaze on the face of God for clarity, in all His loveliness, through the haze of everyday concerns. It was a glorious time when the trumpet was sound, captives freed, debtors liberated, exiles returned, and the poor received their possessions. It typifies the arrival of the Lord at the trumpet sound when those in Christ will enter the joy of inheritance.
There are four primary elements of a time of Jubilee or "vacation" with God. First, is a time of reflection. It's a time to look back and see the goodness of the Lord in history. It's a time of basking in the love of God.
Second, it is a time of release. Slaves were to be freed. The year of the proclamation of liberty. The time of breakthrough, of releasing whatever holds us back from seeing the provision of God. A time of exercising and experiencing forgiveness from God and fellow human beings. The season of liberation and new beginnings. Debts cancelled and not increased or to accumulate. The time to trust God more than ever because acts of faith produce blessings.
Finally, it was a time to return. Ancestral property sold previously had to be returned to original family. Land ownership was equalized every 50 years. This return is reconciliation. Genuine reconciliation with God leads to a transformation of other relationships.
Use this time of social distancing and isolation as a time to meet with God, a genuine time of reflection, release, rejoicing, and returning with the King of Kings.
April 18 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Sri Lanka Update
Pastor Luke, a Bible League partner, is part of a relief effort in Sri Lanka. He’s delivering essentials to nearby communities and spreading the Gospel. Pray that these acts of love would be a testament to the Gospel!
April 17 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Philippines
Our communications specialist in the Philippines had a chance encounter on Facebook. Check out how the Philippine National Police are leaning on God during COIVD-19. Read more!
April 15 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Albania
A pastor in Albania is taking his ministry to the streets and city administrators as he shares the Gospel offering prayer and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Albania is a Muslim-dominated country where the Word of God is spreading quickly.
April 13 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Indonesia
Ministry leaders in Indonesia started a Project Philip Bible study on WhatsApp, an international messaging app. This study has more than 90 participants, all fully engaged and activity participating every day - praise God for the success of this study!
April 9 - Song
A message of hope from our brothers in Indonesia - praise God!
In this country, O Lord
In this land, O Lord
Father, please don't allow the shadow of sin to be seen bigger than Your Power
Show us the Power of Your hands
Show us O Lord
So we may understand Your Great and Mighty Power
April 8 - Ministry Update
Ministry in Zimbabwe
On March 30, the president of Zimbabwe declared a total lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite this lockdown, the government has partnered with Bible League International to reach people in the most remote areas of the country. The national director of Bible League ministries in Zimbabwe is traveling with government healthcare workers into remote areas of the country to teach people about COVID-19. After the presentation by the healthcare workers, a one-hour Bible study will be held. Praise God for this partnership to bring information and the Word of God to people in need!
April 6 - Devotional
Hope and Perspective, Not Fear and Concern
By Jos Snoep, President and CEO of Bible League International
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. Joshua 1:8 ESV
Joshua faces many challenges and concerns as he is about to lead the Israelites into the promised land. The Lord tells him: I commanded you to be strong and courageous. Don’t be frightened Joshua, because I will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
To be courageous and strong, to live without fear, those characteristics are appealing. As Christians, our testimony to our neighbors is one of hope and perspective, not of fear and concern. But how? How do we have that attitude in these circumstances?
What comes in goes out. Take some time to think: what are you taking in every day? It is so easy to watch the news, read the papers, search for the latest articles and videos about the pandemic. The concerns of the world become the concerns of Christians if we allow them to consume us. The Lord reminds Joshua in today’s verse: “meditate on My Words day and night.” Humble yourself and allow God to speak through His Word and inspire you to be a testimony of hope and perspective, not fear.
If Joshua would have only looked at his circumstances, all the cities and people he needed to conquer, he would have been discouraged and afraid. The Lord reminded him, “don’t look at the concerns ahead, look at Me!” The source of Joshua’s courage and strength was God who revealed Himself in His precious Word.
As we navigate this uncertain time, be sure to mediate on His Word. Don’t focus so much on the news, the articles, the videos. Feed your heart the truth. Find your strength and perspective in the Bible.
April 5 - Ministry Update
Seeking God in Albania
People in Albania are using technology to continue Project Philip Bible studies. Because Albania is majority Muslim, many family members and friends of the believers are Muslim. Fear and uncertainty are softening their hearts to the Gospel and they are now seeking God.
Pastor Sabri, Ministry Coordinator for Bible League Albania, was contacted by an Albanian man living in Italy. The man, who is not a believer, was just diagnosed with COVID-19 and was looking for any kind of hope. “He contacted me through Facebook. I prayed for him and told him to read Psalm 91. He contacted me again and said his temperature was down and he felt better. The Word of God in action!”
God is moving in Albania and around the world. Pray that hearts would continue to turn to him and find rest!
April 5 - Ministry Update
Update from Venezuela
Oswaldo Arroyo, national director for Bible League ministries in Venezuela, sent us an update last week and it has brought us so much joy. Venezuela has been in the news for years because of the disastrous economic downfall, and now they are dealing with quarantine like the rest of the world. But, believers in Venezuela have hope! They trust in the Lord’s faithfulness. Watch the video for more!