So when is a good time to start a Bible ministry? How about April Fool’s Day? That is where I found myself on 4/1/09. It was then that I decided to just step out in faith and believe that God would provide. I had a desire to give out Bibles to anyone who asked for one. I believed that people were more apt to ask for one on the internet and I believed strongly that there should be no conditions attached. No selling. No knocking on doors. No one forcing anything on anyone. Like the gift of God’s grace – I believe that the gift of a Bible should be free and unconditional.
There was one problem though. I didn’t have any money. We were in terrible financial straits. At times we couldn’t pay our water bill, let alone give out free Bibles. We had to move to a rental house in a different state in order to find work just to get by. Three times we almost lost our house to foreclosure before it sold. I found myself ministering to people on my cell phone while on my end, the power and water was turned off!
What I’ve found though, in my relationship with God is that everything works out as long as I put Him and His Kingdom first. Through experience I knew that what God orders, He pays for. He had me start slow and offer Bibles to people in the US - that is all that we could handle! So there I was – stepping out into the deep end. I had made a website and put up the info that I thought would be helpful. Soon enough I had my first orders and on April 1, 2009, we sent out our first Bibles.
Since then, 3 years ago today, I have never had more Bible requests than money to pay for them. We have never had to sell anything to pay for the website to stay up and running. Every time I needed something, without me saying a word, someone would send some money or a gift certificate.
God has always given us what we need. He provided an amazing admin for our Facebook page, who loves Jesus. He provided another amazing person who is helping us to get a prayer team up and running. Along the way we have met some wonderful people and have helped some people with their quest for a deeper relationship with God.
We have gotten requests from all kinds of people from all walks of life. They are all precious in God’s sight and I believe they will find what they are searching for. We have had at least 15 people give their lives to Jesus in the 3 years that we've been up and running. Numerous others have rededicated themselves to God. We have had numerous Muslims write and say that they want to know the truth. I have had people come who have been denied a Bible by different local churches. Every person here gets a Bible. Many people ask that there are no distinguishing marks on the outside of our packaging. That is partially why we use Amazon.com - so people can find what they are looking for without any outside pressure.
Here’s the run-down after 3 years: We have given out a total of 3,823 Bibles. We gave some to a ministry that does a 5K run in St Petersburg FL. We gave some to an outreach event in Beaumont TX. We gave some to a prison in IN. We have given out over 15 Children’s Bibles and over 40 Prayer Books. We have a special place in our hearts for prisoners so we have given out at least 50 Bibles to inmates and have prayed evry day for them and their families. We have given Bibles to hospices, homeless shelters, mental health facilitys and a youth hostel. We have given Bibles to believers and non-believers.
I say all of this to prove that with God anything is possible. Even the most foolish of ideas can be carried out if God is a part of it. In fact, the more foolish, the better! So wherever you are, whatever you are doing, step out and do what God is leading you to do. It is worth it. I am living proof!
"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." 1 Corinthians 1:26-29