2017 Year-end Update from TGC International Outreach

December greetings! I hope in the coming days that you are able to slow down enough to truly experience the joy of Christmas. For me this joy usually comes in a moment of corporate worship as we sing together of the incarnate Savior, born in such lowly circumstances. These words never get old for me:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

During this time, we often reflect on the past year to consider how God has moved in our lives through either sweet or bitter providences or both. Personally, in the past 12 months, Cindi and I have been blessed that both of our adult children found godly mates. (We enjoyed one wedding last autumn and anticipate another next summer.)

The Need

The ministry of International Outreach has seen a wonderful year. Our team is so thankful for what the Lord has accomplished. But when it comes to Theological Famine Relief the needs continue to be great. We regularly receive notes such as the following one from a ministry partner in Uganda:

Ugandans are hungry to learn and drink in whatever source is available—thus the need to give them good resources, especially in the bush, where we live. There is too much bad theology here (prosperity, syncretized gospels). But there are precious few places to buy resources, which are far too expensive for the average Ugandan to purchase.

Wrapping Up 2017

This work continues thanks to God’s provision of your generosity in giving and/or your faithfulness in delivering books to the field. As we wrap up 2017, almost 40 translation and publishing projects have been initiated in languages that include Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Serbian, and others. On the distribution side, almost 160,000 books have been sent to 75 countries through 350 partners in 16 languages. (At almost 850,000 books delivered since our inception, we are rapidly approaching our goal of one million by 2020.)

Publishing projects this past year have included The New City Catechism in 10 languages, and our Books for Africa project, which involves an opportunity to print English books locally in both Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa, for distribution in Africa without overseas transport.

New Store

We are VERY excited to finally tell you about our new online store for ordering free books for church leaders in the mission field. After a long wait, our team is pleased with its vastly improved functionality. We hope you will take some time to browse through our currently available resources, bookmark the page, and re-visit whenever you are planning a trip.

Giving

There are three significant areas to focus your giving:

  • The Theological Famine Relief Fund will continue to be a means for general giving to our translation and publishing projects. We apply these donations to the greatest needs. This is especially helpful when strategic opportunities arise that would otherwise be turned down for lack of funds.
  • We are still working on reaching our goal of $100,000 for the current Books for Africa project. We have printed several books within Africa so far, and there are huge opportunities to make more available. The first print run produced 10,000 copies of Greg Gilbert’s book, What Is the Gospel? Almost half of these are already spoken for.
  • It appears that gospel-centered reformation is quickly growing in Latin America. The need for Spanish books is greater than ever. This year alone we have distributed more than 30,000, and we have an urgent need to resupply. Contact us to give.

We are grateful for your partnership in the great global mission.



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