Philippines (MNN) — As residents and volunteers continue to sift through the mounds of rubble in the Philippines, the death toll and number of missing continues to climb. Though hope is in short supply, there is a glimmer. The requests being made by survivors may be both shocking and surprising.
Executive Director of Christian Resources International Jason Woolford says, “It might shock and surprise some that are listening that…we have pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and orphanages calling us and letting us know that they need Bibles. They need Christian books.”
Woolford says, “While people are needing food and clothes, they’re calling and saying, ‘please send God’s Word that doesn’t return void to us because we need it.”
The 15-20 foot (5 meters) storm surge took everything in the Central Philippines. “Imagine being a believer and not having God’s Word to know what God has to say about the situation.”
Woolford says that’s why CRI is “getting ready to send a sea container filled with approximately 30,000 free Bibles and Christian books to the Philippines for distribution in some of those areas that were hit the hardest.”
Would you pray for this project? “Pray for the safety of the container and that it gets to where it’s going. And, then also, we have the books and we have the free Bibles, but we need help in sending that container.”
It costs $10,000 to get it there. CRI isn’t necessarily asking you to pay for it all. “By [you] partnering with us financially, in essence [you] get to become a book missionary.”
The distribution will be strategic. “We have pastor. We have missionaries who are already on the ground there that are able to get the container, get it released from customs, and then strategically give it out to people who are desiring it and need it.”
Woolford already has on his schedule to hold Gospel meetings. Those meetings will take place next in October, 2014.