A lot has happened in the Global Youth Evangelism ministry since my posting last Summer. During a Global Youth Evangelism board meeting last September, it became clear to me that I must pass on the leadership of our organization to the younger generation.
After more than 53 years of serving the Lord and GYE in ministry, I could see that the vision, direction and emphasis of our organization was about to change. This "new" vision is not in keeping with a burden and vision that the Lord had planted and sustained in my own heart concerning the operation and extension of the Christian Worker Bible Study Series. Our desire and focus was to make available a simple, low-cost Bible study to every hungry soul who desired to study the word of God. By God's mercy and grace, He has enabled us to reach hundreds of thousands in six continents with these Bible study materials. They are now helping believers in seventeen different languages to grow in their relationship with their Lord Jesus.
We believe that the Lord has blessed our efforts, because we continued to follow the spiritual principle of sowing (reinvesting) the benefits and proceeds derived the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, back into the same ministry. Following this principle of scripture (Isaiah 55:10, 11) of sowing the seed rather than consuming it, has been proven effective over the past five decades. Our desire and prayer is that under new leadership this principle will continue to guide future vision and practices.
So, in closing this final posting, I ask that you pray for the new president of Global Youth Evangelism, Rev Mike Farias. Please pray for wisdom, direction and guidance by the Holy Spirit and submission to the Good Shepherd Who is always gentle and merciful to His sheep.
One of the many blessings we receive while being in contact with various ministries and individuals around the globe, is to receive their testimonies and comments about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series.
The following are some of these testimonies our office has received:
Missionary in Chile:
"Thank you for the new studies in Spanish... I teach a course on Christian Education in our national Bible college...I have included this good material, (the Christian Worker Bible Study Series) for use in our churches...I trust that more [people] will take advantage of it."
Missionary in Colombia:
"On behalf of Colombian pastors and believers I want to express our gratitude to you for the excellent materials that your organization has made available... We have started a program of local Mini-Bible Schools in our churches. We are planning to make a special effort to train our lay workers. Since we are facing increasing guerrilla activities.there are many places where we can no longer send full-time pastors, but only work through our lay people."
"Thanks for all you have done for Portugal, Angola and Sad Tomí! We have about 5,000 students studying your courses in Angola. PTL!! Thanks for all you're doing."
A Midwestern Pastor in the USA:
"We have just learned about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, and we are excited and anxious to get started. We are a well-established church, but we have been negligent in our obedience to the Great Commission. The Lord has been speaking to us that we need "to get" to the people with whom we are in contact every day! We have been an established church for ten years and have failed to make a significant impact on our community. We believe this is going to change."
Local church lay workers in the USA:
"Just a note in with this order to tell you how much help these workbooks are to our new converts. My husband and I teach the New Life Class here at our church. We start a new class about every eight weeks and so many tell us how much they enjoy working in the books and how much they have learned."
NOTE TO MINISTRY LEADERS: You may download a free "Pastors/Leaders Packet" with ideas/instructions on how to start your own Mini-Bible School in your group or ministry. From the menu bar on our homepage, select "RESOURCES" then PASTORS/LEADERS and choose either Spanish or English packets.
One year ago on August 15, 2013 the ceiling in the building where we publish the Christian Worker Bible Study Series began to collapse. The damage would result in the eventual necessity of replacing the trusses and the total roof structure. An insurance company adjuster ordered us to immediately evacuate the premises and store our materials and equipment in five containers. We called our insurance company with our claim, and they informed us by mail that there was a question whether or not our insurance policy would cover the replacement costs. We then sent out an urgent prayer request for prayer to our partners in Africa, India, Cuba, Nicaragua as well as to our friends in the U.S.A.
P. T. L.! After waiting over three months for their decision, in the midst of hearing many negative reports, we finally received their approval. Nevertheless we continued to function, although greatly handicapped and operating with reduced facilities. Finally, after nearly a year of standing in faith and trusting God's promise and operating with reduced facilities, we are now back into our 5,000 square foot publishing building!
To view some photos of the rebuild project click on the link below.
All of us at G.Y.E. wish to express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness in fulfilling His promises and to the thousands of our friends around the globe who stood with us in prayer and faith during this difficult time. We announce that we are now back operating at full capacity making the Bible studies available to all who have a hunger and thirst to study the Word of God.
NOTE: As we moved our equipment and materials back into our refurbished building, we realized that we were greatly overstocked on many of our Spanish Bible studies. Therefore, we invite all of our U.S. customers to check our website for these "great deals" for many of our overstocked Spanish studies with discounts up to 60%
VALUE IN THE INSIGNIFICANT:
Several times in this blog we have shared reports from different places telling of the thousands who have benefited from The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, and we have been encouraged by these reports. Today we will share a couple of individual experiences which have also been an encouragement to us. These individual reports are examples illustrating the truth that nothing is insignificant in the Kingdom of God. ("You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." (Matthew 25:23 NKJV)
Several years ago, a former graduate of our Bible school in Guadalajara, Mexico asked me to return and help him teach a Christian Worker's conference. On the very first day I was approached by a local missionary who said: "So you're the one who helps produce the Christian Worker Bible Study Series". He then proceeded to relate an experience that happened during a mission outreach in the Southern mountains of Mexico. In a small, primitive and insignificant village, tucked away in the mountains, they met a family of new believers. They did not even have a Bible, but somehow were receiving inspiration from a small booklet titled: The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, study of Galatians! The word of God is like a seed that will grow where ever it falls into the soil of a hungry heart! (Luke 8:11)
While I was reflecting on that memory, I recalled that years ago, our office received a request for a Bible study from Central Africa. The request was a note scribbled on a food-stained sheet of blue paper. The sheet of blue paper was the inside cover torn from our Introductory Bible Study. The note said: "I was visiting a friend in his home, and he served me a piece of bread wrapped in this paper. When I returned home, I read the words printed on the paper that spoke of a Bible study that was produced for all who have a hunger and thirst to know the truth of God's word. How can I get the Bible study described on this sheet of paper?" He was hungry for more than physical bread, which can never satisfy the spiritual hunger of the soul!
To most folks these two incidences may seem to be insignificant. However, to the workers and staff that have labored during the past thirty plus years to expand and increase The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, they are much more! We are encouraged to keep on with the ministry that He has placed in our hands. Thanks be to God that in His faithfulness, He has enabled Global Youth Evangelism to introduce these Bible studies around the globe into six continents!