Need for Christian materials great for second and third world countries

( [email protected] ) Mar 19, 2004 02:08 PM EST

Christian Resources International (CRI), which provided Bibles, Testaments, tracts, Sunday School material and other forms of God’s Word to millions of people in dozens of the world’s nations is currently collecting used Christian material and distributing them to the Christians in need around the world.

While Christian literature is easy to find in the United States, it's very different in second and third world nations. Many Christians don't even have a Bible, let alone study helps to guide them in their desire to follow Christ and to reach out in evangelism. CRI's Bryon Morgan says as national church pastors take leadership positions in the church, the need for intense theological education is needed. Many missionaries are filling that need and that's where CRI is also getting involved. Morgan says, "We can come in and we supply these missionaries and these church leaders with materials to basically train these church leaders with material that's easily understood."

The idea is to first train leaders, and then have them use the material to help train other national leaders. The hope is that they develop theologies and practices that are Biblical, yet culturally relevant. In doing so, ministry and evangelism can be even more successful.

Morgan says since CRI is working in areas like India, where there are over one-billion people, the need for more used material is great. "We send out so much material that it's actually quite mind-boggling. We've sent out, so far just this year, we've sent out at least 80,000 pieces of literature," says Morgan.

Although the majority of material is in English, Morgan commented that they are still helpful. "English is a primary language in (many) parts of the world, especially in Africa and India," he says. Since many understand the language, they can apply it in their own ministry and translate it so others may benefit from it.

Although the costs for shipping the material are great, the benefits are even greater. And through the effort, many leaders from second and third world nations will develop even more and be able to lead their ministries more effectively.