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June 17, 2022 7:00 pm
Stu and Truth warrior intern, Colby, talk with Michael Woolworth of Bible League International about sharing the Word of God with Bible-less believers across the world, powerful stories of how the Bible transforms, and how you can help get Bibles to those in need today.
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Jesus said blessed are the persecuted and they are suffering big time right now. This is my belief international in 19-year-old Ari was beaten by her own father and violated by local authorities and order crime was simply that she gave her life to Jesus Christ after leaving radical Islam. They need Bibles in order to endure and persevere. That's why Truth Network and Bible teamed up to sin. God's word to 3500 persecuted believers around the world at five dollars avoidable hundred dollars since 20 oh €800 word €800 worth 800 password or give a TruthNetwork.com. Hello this is Matt slick from the match look like podcast right defend the Christian faith and lay out our foundation of the truth of God's word for chosen Truth Network podcasts is starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network have you read your Bible today. Something so simple.
Read your Bible, pray every day and you will grow grow grow.
But what if you don't own a Bible. What you really want one you love Jesus just want to hear from him and you don't have a Bible, not because you're lazy or despondent or apathetic because you could lose your life in a country where Christians are persecuted and that's why I'm so honored and excited interview and introduce our next special guest Michael with the Bible league.
I'm telling brother Michael Ward. You guys are doing some amazing work in our listeners can just pop out five bucks and give someone a Bible and literally make a dream come true. How can it be that easy, Michael. Come on, well, even a great friend the Bible he listeners you been incredibly kind to us over the years we've worked together would ask you to send Bibles half a world away to brothers and sisters in the faith that simply cannot access God's word Stewart dressing today what is arguably the number one issue facing the global church today. What is meant the loss of religious freedom. It means that Christians all over the world pay the price simply because they believe Jesus is the way the truth and the life was as we kick things off your let me share three quick statistics from pew research.
They keep a finger on the pulse of religious persecution around the world. Hotel is three things. Number one, the year 2021. The most violent year on record for religious persecution around the world. Number two. There is no group is persecuted more than evangelical Christians in the number three bill say that every five minutes.
Somewhere outside of US a Christian is martyred simply because of his or her faith. Melanie give me some perspective, either at the end of the average hour-long worship service in America on a given Sunday. That statistic means want 12 Christians outside of the US will die again simply because of their Christian faith not not saying that death is associate with every case of persecution, but I can tell you what Bible he known her 84th year of ministry we know Christians by maintenance villages in regions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America were singled out targeted monitor. They've been beaten in jail threatened with death. Many of die stew again simply because of their Christian faith.
And so what Truth Network and Bible you're doing were coming alongside these believers who are again persecuted their mistreated numbers of their own family members of their community. Oftentimes the government the majority religions are in on this persecution takes no rest. It's all the time delay.
I mean, I know here in America with you. We only have to worry about it were to be be there jail rebates facing social persecution both an altogether different level around the world. The importance of the Bible for these believers to is that when you can open God's word and you can read the Scriptures like Romans eight the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come if you can read first Peter one in the testing of your faith. That is the persecution you rejoice because honors God, now and in glory and still one more comment before I toss it back to you as I've traveled the world on behalf of Bible league, I've met with these. I call them heroes of the faith I find that there's two things that characterized Christians who are persecuted they love their enemies.
We don't see those around in his book will be hated but they seem is the mission field people be loved and pointing the crime.
That's number one.
And then secondly; just you lost me and lose me.
But you got my mind going in a million directions when you use the word martyr because we don't think about martyr and moderately Christians martyred for their faith.
That is sobering so you mean to tell me that Christians are actually killed in the world about every five minutes, which is even during the recording this program during regular church service that's you. If you extrapolate the minutes out. That's multiple deaths of saints being killed for their faith in Jesus over Abreva in just such a brief period of time, but the word of God Michael Emin.
This is the sobering but the word God talks about this the very Bibles you're giving to people could be there death wish or hate their their death warrant will meet actually me where we 20 with Amelia or even recent years. Think about the Jim Elliott Nate's eighth amendment were a martyred by the awk Indians down in Ecuador. You know that's a story that comes to mind.
You know, if you appreciate your English Bible you may know the man that translated that into English.
William Tyndale was persecuted, he was burned at the stake. He simply wanted English speakers stew to be able to eat for themselves. The just shall live by faith he paid a tremendous price for this divorce today that about 100,000 Christians die every year for no other reason than they simply believe Jesus is the way the truth and the life. And so we want to come alongside them and send them exactly what they're praying for us not into their suffering. It's for the word of God to be able to endure and persevere stew patrolled out the words Christian persecution the news into a search engine. Right now, here's where you'll find out in the country of Nigeria Christian woman, a college student was falsely accused of blasphemy against Islam. You know what they did they beat her with a blank etc. fire did the same thing to a 74-year-old man. Same reason in another part of that countrymen in India stew a pastor that we supported Bible uses are study materials and Bibles. The man was tied to a fence post about 150 radical Hindus, including many kids in school uniforms beat this man nearly to death. I mean there is a price to be paid. As I said earlier, ours is a social persecution. You say to somebody your mistake say I follow Christianity say who cares resale mama follow Jesus follower. Oh, you mean that religion minutes are full of judgment.
You know that's kind of the degree of of our persecution here, but it's an altogether different level around the world and again when you can open your Bible and be reminded of God's precious promises you have a perspective you understand Jesus as they'll hate you because they hated me first.
You know, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. These are the people were talking about right now who live out their Christian faith without a Bible they been denied God's word.
But on top of that there persecuted and so we want to begin come alongside these believers we spent together is Truth Network and Bible leak and we do this for 3500 persecuted believers to your listeners in baseball speak.
They hit it out of the park. They've done that for about a thousand Bible is persecuted believers to this point. By the time we had July 4 we celebrate our independence we love to be able to say to these 3500 persecuted Bible is believers failure Bibles their coming there, and what number can they call an organ… Call Michael you want to make a five dollar donation of $500 donation is five bucks a Bible to get to a persecuted leader or a believer.
That's a Bible list believer in countries all over the world. You know, inflation is on the rise when a raise in those eight bucks. Felix tutored her five dollars a Bible. That's the average cost to put a Bible into the hands and hearts of a persecuted believer. They can call at 800 yes word that's 800 Y ESW awardee. Let me spell that out for you. It's 800 937-967-3800 yes boarding call at 24 seven or you can find the banner to stand with them Bibles for the persecuted church just click TruthNetwork.com again July 4 is our end date.
We want to do this for 3500 persecuted believers already truth listeners. You've done that for a spouse. So were well on our way stew again, thanks for being such a wonderful advocate for Bible leak again your listeners take Guess they see the special place of God is power in their own lives. What you guys are doing is tremendous. One 800 yes word WOR D will get the word we use saying yes to getting the word to Bible list believer which is interesting.
The irony, the contrast we have plenty of Bibles. No persecution. These believers across these densely populated non-Christian countries.
They have tons of persecution, but no Bibles so I will leave ironic while it is ironic and Michael, you're doing something about it. Bible league 800 yes word listeners to give a small donation whatever God wants them to give us, not their money anyway and you can bless someone with a Bible. We want you we come back Michael to tell us a little more about what that Bibles gonna do. We went ahead and put a big email@example.com and you guys been around how long Michael Wishard works 84 years and is often given. The word of God giving the word to the world I'd say it does our world need anything more than the word of God, we come back we got a special question from one of our truth were interns were with Michael Warf of the Bible league. How you can get involved in a couple really cool testimonies. We try to cut into the persecution in the dark stuff and the painful stuff organ talk about really need testimonies of what God's done just to a simple Bible little New Testament are a little Bible in someone's old language that change your life right your truth talk I'm Stu Epperson hang on more coming up read this you're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com.
How has the word of God change your life. Everything I do today.
Everything I am today is because God wrote a book in that book changed my life. I was a little younger than the guys in the room with the archers were interns when I started really reading this book seriously. I heard about it. I learned to memorize Scripture grown up with that all just came into my spirit, my soul in my mind and God just opened my eyes.
So many people been impacted by the Bible Michael Ward with the Bible league, tell us the story of testimony from what's actually happened when one of these Bibles. Someone calls NaCl to give five bucks to give a Bible to a Bible is believer under persecution the world or someone calls and says I want to give 500 bucks to give 100 of them Bibles with the testimony with a resume result that Michael you think your listeners to India.
This is a psychomotor, partly country and world 1.3 billion people call India home. This is the land of Gandhi and I can tell you. Long gone are the days when Gandhi promoted a nonviolent Hinduism. This is a place where it is essentially against the law to share your faith. If you do that you can be tossed in jail, people have been martyred or that means it's absolutely a horrific place to live out you are Jesus Christ election take the gospel story for Christians are living out their faith in very admirable ways. Lately, a couple things that come to mind. A pastor that we supported Bible league used. Our materials are Bibles to use in previous campaigns, he was falsely accused of converting Hindus to Christianity the listener wasn't true but they took the entire family. The man his wife. Therefore children to a reservoir they drown.
These people send a message that there is no room for Christianity within the walls of India stew. One of the most troubling things I've heard is of a seminary outside of Karnataka, India, Bible leak supports these men that are graduating. We provide them Bibles so as they assure the faith grow churches. They got the word of God, and their languages. They will take these men after graduation the same day they graduate, Bill take them to the outskirts of town. They have shovels they will dig their graves, not the actual grade will be buried in this is to signify. We may have to die. We may have to suffer will definitely have to suffer see the gospel go forth and that little demonstration shows they're willing to do that they're willing to suffer for the cause of Christ. Only thing much money was done, that a man by the name of JM.
Not too many years ago was radicalized into, he would burn churches assault Christians. He hated God but God had a different plan for him.
He brought in the saving faith became a pastor receive some theological training went through Bible links church planter training program. What is that, well, were there is emerging groups of communities where there is no church. We help provide the opportunity to see churches develop in places like India, he gets on his bicycle a ride into a village were sparsely new, never a Christian, never a church. He begins to share the gospel to fast forward quite a bit here.
I can tell you today is village of a thousand people stoop more than 500 follow Christ.
But lest you think it came easy. This man, JM's house is been burned down, not once but twice.
His wife is been raped many in the congregation were assaulted. Many have been killed again simply because of the Christian faith.
I can tell you today with conviction that man Jayant on behalf of the congregation can say with conviction.
It is a joy suffer for the Lord Jesus. And there's a need right now for about 500 Bibles in the Tahoe language in the country of India and I can change the eyes and ears of Bible league, I'd love to be able to let Jayant know is not transported to separating those that God's working through this persecution.
I love to be able to say look the Bibles you need are on their way thereon or with just one phone call 800 yes word a lot of phone number 800 yes word Michael Ward of the Bible you're special yesterday and truth talk I'm Stu Epperson you can call that number.
This is it. We do this occasionally where we bring in ministry that needs help. That's try to reach people and you may not go to a dangerous part of the world where you could risk your life, you may not be able to have a passport but God may have blessed you with little more money or syntax. When he got back her estate is settled that you got 100 grand unit were expected and you may want to give this to give a Bible you phone these guys 800 yes word and the Bible you tell him how much you want to pledge or give a credit card however that works for you cinema check and then they will mail five dollars Bible so a archers were intern Colby Hills has a question for you Michael words of the Bible league would put a model quick with his question yeah so probably he's been around for 84 years in the Bible has been around for a lot longer than that, but I have to ask I heard you earlier than segments say that 2021 was a tough year for the persecution of the church and we seen as we read the Bible that the persecution of the church highlighted in Paul's ministry quite a bit. Are these trends continuing to grow each year were more and more people are persecuted or they around the same number each year and and if so how can we pray for them and how can we help and pack them as great question Colby people ask why is persecution on the rise. Well, if you look at your own Bible in Revelation 13. The devil has declared war on the bride of Christ. He said I want to disrupt the church all due to ways. False teaching through false teachers and exactly through suffering, mainly through persecution enough which he has limited time and so that's why you see an increase here even talked about Paul's ministry does. He sat in a Roman prison awaiting execution by Nero.
He wrote to young Timothy.
He said Timothy anyone who desires to live a godly life in Christ can expect to be persecuted and that's why when you're characterizes somebody who singled out targeted, monitored, threatened with death meeting your awaiting execution. You need to be able to open your Bible and be reminded of God's precious promises again where Jesus says you may be persecuted.
But you're not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. And then you know were in the great commission uses what I'm with you always coming for these persecuted believers Colby in countries where evangelical Christianity makes up maybe 1% of the population. I need to know that God knows you intimately is every think it's what fuel based believers say in earlier. It's amazing we have plenty of Bibles here in the US, but our church growth gets on the downtrend but I can tell you three things we noticed around the world where the church is growing is the evidence of three things. Number one true Christian churches.
People that actually believe the Bible. Secondly, godly preachers and godly hearers who take that message and take it to the world and thoroughly know what it is persecution. When you find those three things put together you will see a church that is growing and that's what Bible league is uniquely positioned to do is to bring the word of God to these persecuted believers as Truth Network in Bible language that lets all this for 3500 persecuted believers we want to do by July 4, and so as we throw hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and celebrate our independence we want to be able to say the least. 3500 persecuted believers your Bibles there calming their coming one of us give us a number wartime Michael words of the Bible league, encouraging all our listeners to support this get the word of God and someone else is think about what impact it's made on you.
Think about what we would be if we did have Bibles. Michael, what's the number. The need is great were so grateful for what you're doing well were grateful for Truth Network listeners. Again, you hit it out of the park.
Let's do it again, on behalf of the persecuted church five dollars in the Bible how many can you send today by calling 800 yes word that's 800 why ESW awardee 800-937-9673. That's 800 yes word or just click the Bible league banner. You can find that a truth network.com would love to invite you to help support the persecuted church would like to do that by July 4.
You can do that for only five dollars a Bible. Okay, awesome, and the truth were interns are going to help me in here Michael I'm gonna go to the website right now and I'm going to try to do a donation of my try to give I want to give Sally get 10 Bibles right now hundred dollars and my leisure doing that well we gotta do it manic. I got up of fungi living under the guise guys if you can put a decimal point the wrong point. You will then intervene at $10,000 gift that's okay too. But anyway will get everything that you're doing. I will review the program as it degenerates into it and giving it. We don't take that for granted.
We know you build trust and loyalty in your your listeners are loyal to care about these things and so were just thrilled to partner with you all right now.
The reason we exist in the reason that we are we are the Truth Network in truth talking all of our amazing affiliate security show. The reason role doing this thing under different names of different entities and ministries and whatever is to get God's word out so there's nothing more essential in that than what you're doing and so were were just honored to be a part of it. Michael thank you and thank you for being a blessing to us today on truth Doc everyone learn more by not all about a Bible league and go to the website. I guess TruthNetwork.com got a good guy got it they got a good big link for them. There also go to you know you can go to the phone number and give that number one more time would you guys 800 yes word 800 why ESW awardee unit 800 yes word or just click the banners of Bible league banner to stand with them. Bibles with I was foundered and I just clicked on one firstname.lastname@example.org okay thanks for making that gift you're not asking your listeners to do anything you're not doing and well brother. We really appreciate up its billing is filling up mom filling all the little buds in here and electric pandas over to these these guys are a lot better.
My my chubby little beyond me understand this stuff right is right that they may get his decimal point wrong. Per your advice or get a watch that Michael Moore, the Bible, he God bless you folks whatever you do, read your Bible study.
It share it, memorize it, meditate on it. Go to Psalm chapter 19 those six amazing attributes and deliverables of God's word, but the first one is the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
That's what happens Romans 1017 back set up faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
So are you in the word of God is the word of God in you, and who, what you doing about it and what am I doing to share the word with the world. I'm so grateful my with what a blessing to be with you Michael God bless you my friend will talk soon. Okay publishers do. This is the Truth Network