“[Closed nation reports] suggest that the number of Christian converts is growing rapidly.”
–The Jerusalem Post
In some of the most closed nations on earth, spiritual interest is skyrocketing. Cru’s family of Arabic, Turkish and Persian evangelistic and discipleship websites are seeing 20,000 visits per day. To seize this incredible moment, Cru missionaries have one priority request:
Please send MORE BIBLES.
The pandemic, lockdowns, social unrest, economic uncertainty and the rest of the “2020 chaos” has people questioning their traditional religious beliefs. More and more are looking for truth and peace—and finding that Jesus is the only real source of it! In the middle of one of the worst global crises, the Lord is at work drawing seekers to Him!
While many are putting their faith in Christ, they need to grow spiritually. And there’s no substitute for God’s word. These new believers need to be grounded in the truth. Because being a Christian in parts of the Middle East can come with a heavy price. Our brothers and sisters are being confronted with different (and often hostile) worldviews, religions and attitudes about Jesus.
In The Great Commission, Jesus doesn’t command His followers to “go and make converts.” His command is to, “go and make disciples… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19-20 NIV)
Discipleship and teaching is only possible when believers have the Word of God.
Because the Bible is considered a holy book in this part of the world, people want a physical copy. Reading the small words on a phone or computer is a fine way for some to be introduced to the Bible. But in order to study, to read with family, to share with others, the overwhelming majority want a hard copy they can highlight, underline and write notes in.
And right now, there simply aren’t enough physical Bibles to meet the demand.
One Cru missionary said, “For many years, people hadn’t seen the Bible or any Christian books. People were astonished that the Bible was in their language. They had been searching for years and could not find it.”
Each Bible is printed in the heart languages of the region and costs just $6.75—including printing, shipping and distribution into closed nations.
Any amount you feel called to give will help deliver a Bible to someone who’s often never held their own copy.
At this extraordinary moment in history, with hearts and doors uniquely open, will you help provide God’s Word?
One closed nation Cru missionary reported that her team is, “working day and night” to follow up with seekers.
This is the kind of spiritual hunger Christians have prayed for—for years. But these doors could shut as quickly as they opened. Please consider giving your most generous gift for Bibles today! Thank you!