There are no more books, Bibles or teaching materials in the warehouse. Every scrap of Christian material has been distributed within Cape Town, outlying districts and communities and outside South Africa as far away as, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria!
Two groups of Nigerian pastors, who were studying theology programs at Stellenbosch University, came to avail themselves of the Bibles and books. The first group consisted of 16 and the second, 18. They were passed onto me by my fellow Trustee of Anathoth Christian Retreat Center, Dr Hendricks, and were amazed that there was so much to chose from. Each group tossed aside their clothing, shoes and anything that could be spared in order to lighten their luggage for the flight home. All discarded items were donated to the CBS for our students!
Direct pleas for Bibles were made to the Angola Christian Church from churches in Nigeria and Kenya and were passed along to me via Pete Decker. I informed him that both countries were thousands of miles north and postage would be expensive. Pete organized the funds from the church and I sent two boxes of NIV Bibles to each church. Their gratitude and joy was overwhelming. It shows just how much the Word impacts people who sincerely seek Him.
Rusty Draper (Zephyr Christian Church) has donated several boxes of French Bibles and New Testaments in French for the refugees in the city. I usually keep a bag in the trunk of my car and most of the parking attendants are French speaking Africans thousands of miles from their homeland. Now, whenever I visit a shopping center or park at a mall, I am enthusiastically greeted by those who have French Bibles. Their friends and fellow workers crowd around and ask for their own.
Another container is being prepared and Bob Snyder has reported that a load is ready to be shipped. Three churches, which have never participated in the Bibles for Africa Project, had collections. The Kentwood Christian Church (MI), which collected over 1500 Bibles, the United Church of Los Alamos (NM) and the Holy Cross Church (SC). The Bibles from Kentwood are already with Bob. One collections from New Mexico and South Carolina are in transit to Bob. Both churches responded during my visits with them during furlough. The United Church already supports SACM. The Holy Cross Church made contact through my son, Kent, and his mother-in-law, Jane Bullock, who attend there.
I am currently awaiting a response from MOL Shippers, who donated the sea freight for the last two containers. I have contacted Tracy, the Operations Director, but she has not yet responded. Please keep this in prayer. I know she will answer within the next few days.
The impact these Bibles have made in incalculable. So many don’t have one in their home and desperately need one. Many others share the Word with their neighbors and friends. I am contacted by pleas from so many cities and communities within South Africa and many beyond its borders. God speaks and people need to hear His voice.