The Bible League held closing ceremonies last month in Monterrey, Mexico, to mark the end and celebrate the success of “Project Philip Monterrey,” a two-year Scripture placement project designed to further develop the Bible League’s ministry in Monterrey in 2002.
Project Philip, a model of ministry that has reaped results worldwide, is based on the example in Acts 8, when Philip asked the traveling Ethiopian if he understood the Scripture he was reading. The Ethiopian admitted he could not understand unless someone explained it to him, so Philip climbed into the chariot, sat with the Ethiopian and helped him understand.
Following this example, the Bible League trains “Philips” around the world to lead Bible studies, thereby helping people understand God’s Word. As group members complete the Bible study course, many come to accept Jesus and become Philips also—igniting a chain reaction of leading people to Christ and the Church, through sharing His Word.
Original goals for “Project Philip Monterey” were to place 500,000 specially designed and easy-to-read Spanish New Testaments in this city of five million. But the final totals exceeded that goal by several thousand.
“The official end of Project Philip Monterrey is only the beginning,” said Bible League’s director of Latin America. “The discipleship process in Latin America often takes about two years, so results will continue to increase as people continue to participate in Bible studies.”
Through Project Philip, the Bible League works with local churches to strategically place Scriptures with those who attend small-group Bible studies. This way, the Scriptures are used to deepen the faith of Christians, and help non-Christians become believers. In Monterrey, there were more than 151,000 Bible study groups between 2002 and 2004.