June News Update - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

June News Update

I hope you will rejoice when you hear how many people you have you won to the Lord in the last 24 months. You and our other ministry friends have reached over 2 million people in 39 nations listening to audio Bibles in 89 languages.

Many of you have given a gift to providean Audio Proclaimer, a Micro SD Card, a BibleStick, or some combination of these devices. I asked Morgan, “For every one of our Ankerberg donors who gave money for an Audio Proclaimer, how many people did they win to the Lord and how many people did they help disciple?” Here is what Morgan told me on our recent program:

“On average, when you give a Proclaimer, because the people are communal, it will start four listening groups because they share it.

So, you’re going to see 90 people discipled as they listen from Matthew to Revelation and about 45 of those people will become brand new believers.

Now, in some places, many of them are brand new believers. Other times, they are all believers.

Now your donors and the John Ankerberg program have faithfully sent the Word of God. In Romans 10 it makes this comment. It says, “How will they believe unless somebody preaches? How will they preach unless somebody goes? But how will somebody go unless somebody sends them?”I have all of these national partnerships and workers who are willing to take the Word of God up the Amazon Rivers, up to the Andes, into the most dangerous places, hiking sometimes two weeks to get to a single village.

But they don’t have the money for the Proclaimers.And so, they need somebody to send them and that’s what your donors have done. They’ve sent them to 2 million people and 1 million of those people have come to faith in Christ.”

Again, Morgan was amazed to see that in the last 24 months, we have reached people in 39 nations speaking 89 languages. Through this generosity, more than 1 million people have accepted the Lord and 2 million have been discipled.

What this means is that if you gave two audio Bibles, about 90 people accepted the Lord and 180 people were discipled. It also means that in the last 24 months, our donors have provided audio Bibles so that two million people are now in audio Bible listen-ing groups each week.

And growth continues. Around 2,700 new people are listening to God’s Word each day!Approximately 1,350 people become new believers each day! With God’s help, we pray this will continue.

But they don’t have the money for the Proclaimers. And so, they need somebody to send them and that’s what your donors have done. They’ve sent them to 2 million people and 1 million of those people have come to faith in Christ.

Again, Morgan was amazed to see that in the last 24 months, we have reached people in 39 nations speaking 89 languages. Through this generosity, more than 1 million people have accepted the Lord and 2 million have been discipled.

What this means is that if you gave two audio Bibles, about 90 people accepted the Lord and 180 people were discipled. It also means that in the last 24 months, our donors have provided audio Bibles so thattwo million people are now in audio Bible listen-ing groups each week.

And growth continues. Around 2,700 new people are listening to God’s Word each day! Approximately 1,350 people become new believers each day! With God’s help, we pray this will continue.

Some of our ministry friends like you have given one, two, or three Micro SD cards with an audio Bible. They continue to make their way into restricted nations where people can discretely slip one into their cell phone or share with others.Some cards are passed around and listened to by four or five families.

Every Gift Matched This Month

This is an unprecedented time in history! God is drawing people to Himself from every tribe, village, and language in these last days. Even better, God is working through you to do it.

Last month, Morgan and I shared about the needs of the unreached in Peru, people who live along the Amazon River, in the highest parts of the Andes Mountains, and in the deepest parts of the Amazon jungle. It is one of the most beautiful nations in South America. Morgan said that they desperately need 2,400 more Audio Proclaimers to bring people in these areas.

In areas accessible only by foot, missionaries are taking Proclaimers in the lan-guages of villagers in these areas. One by one, lives are transformed by God’s Word, re-sulting in new believers, churches, and changed villages.

In addition, we told you that in Nigeria200 million people live and speak one of 500 languages. Despite persecution in many parts of the nation, an estimated 100 million believers now exist in Nigeria, making it one of the greatest revivals in history. Church leaders are asking us to provide 4,000 more Audio Proclaimers so they can bring the word of God to the 100 million Muslims in the unreached northern part of the nation.

Further, we talked about India. Why is India so important? It is the world’s second most populated nation, with 1.3 billion people. Only two percent of Indians are officially Christians. That is why Morgan asked us to provide 14,000 more Audio Bibles this year to reach people in India.

We are also working in the Philippines.It is a nation of 7,641 islands and 175 languages. When we first married, Darlene and I spent two weeks there to conduct evangelistic meetings. We saw how many people lived in abject poverty, without hope and in need of Christ. Through audio Bible listening groups, churches are being started in the 1,000 garbage dumps in Manilla and surrounding areas, bringing salvation to many.

We are also working with refugees who have fled from the Sudan to the Bidi Bidi refugeecamp inUganda. Previously, you helped us provide 1,000 audio Bibles when the camp grew to 100,000. Last year they grew to 200,000 refugees and we gave another 1,000 audio Bibles. They have now grown to 270,000 people. With your help, we will send another 1,000 Audio Bibles this year.

Every Gift Reaches People

Despite the two million people reached through this mission, there is more work to do. This month, generous donors from Faith Comes By Hearing want to encourage us and are willing to match every gift you give for audio Bibles. There are four ways you can help.

First, for a gift of $500 you can provide an Audio Proclaimer for a village or community that has never heard the Bible in their own language. Further, your gift of $500 will be matched, providing two audio Bibles for two villages. If you send $1,000, your gift will be matched and you will send four Audio Proclaimers to four villages. $2,000 will provide eight audio Bibles for eight villages.

Second, for a gift of $30, you can provide a Micro SD card of the New Testament and Jesus Film that people can insert into their mobile phone. This month, your gift will be doubled and you will provide two Micro SD cards.

Third, for a gift of $100, you can provide both a Micro SD card and a BibleStickto someone in a refugee camp, a pastor, or a Christian worker. BibleSticks are personal digital players that are battery-powered and come loaded with an audio Bible. They can 4reach people who are desolate, hurting, and in need of the truth of God’s Word in their language. Your gift will also be doubled

And fourth, if you give a gift of $1,000, your gift will be matched and you will provide 14 important items including six Micro SD cards, six Bible Sticks and two Audio Proclaimers. Each gift also helps us present the gospel on TV overseas.

Global Communications Center Update

Finally, let me share a quick update on our new Global Communications Center. God blessed us with the ability to purchase a building next to our current location at the end of last year debt-free. At the time, we mentioned the need for $250,000 to complete renovations. God then raised up dear friends who agreed to match up to $125,000.

We seek to complete this matching gift and begin ministering in our new location by August. But much needs to be done. Please pray about ways you can be a part of this effort.

I hope you are blessed and rejoicing in how your gifts are winning and discipling people for Christ. We thank God for each of you. If you can, please help us obey the Lord and win more people to the Lord in these hard to reach countries.