This month I would like to share with you just a few of the many testimonies that come in from people who are benefiting from the teachings you help us send freely around the world. As you know the Lord instructed us from the beginning to make all of the teachings available free and postage paid. He said, "Freely you have received. Freely give." [Mat 10:8] More and more people worldwide are using our website (www.garycarpenter.org) to hear the messages. Our goal is to make the messages available at the website within 24 hours so they can be up to date with the current teachings.
Even though most people are now receiving the messages via the Internet, there are some cases where the areas are so remote they still need to receive them in cassette tape format. One example I recently learned of is a small church in the remote jungles of the Philippines. This church has been using the Believer's Boot Camp Series that we taught more than twelve years ago in our living room when we held bible studies at our home. They are using the audio cassette tapes and the printed handouts to disciple about 25 new believers at a time. And … they have been doing this with new groups of believers repeatedly for the past five years! We had no idea that was even happening until about a month ago. In addition we have learned of several prison ministries who are doing the same thing with both the Boot Camp Series and the Workbook Series to disciple new converts. When I hear reports like these I am always reminded of how the Lord multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the hungry masses. He has taken our little offerings of obedience and has multiplied them to feed many thousands of people around the world.
Here is a praise report we received just a few days ago from a man who hears the messages via the Internet overseas:Hi Gary, Just a word of thank you for this ministry. I have listened to a lot of your teachings and I have heard your heart. Not only have you taught me a lot but you have also encouraged me through some difficult times (without knowing it). I just want to say I appreciate you for your gentle heart and that I experience the love of God through your teachings With love, Your brother in Christ,
C.F., Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Here is a report from Spain from one who hears the messages via the Internet:Dear Gary & Sue, Thanks for your very blessed teachings, I have translated "From Formula to Relationship" into Spanish as I live in Madrid Spain. My Pastor is using some of your teachings in our "Family Finance" course. You don't have any plans to come to Spain do you? We would love to meet you. Thanks very much. God Bless.
P. N., Madrid, Spain.
Here is one of my favorites. It is another one from beautiful South Africa:I am so happy to let you know that I have received the tapes you sent me. I am busy eating them. Moreover, I have organized prayer meeting every Tuesday evening and I am teaching Pastor Carpenter's teachings. Thanks God for him. I will never be the same again. On Monday 29.09.2008 I was robbed of my money at gunpoint by thugs but because of the teaching "Foundation" I was able to forgive those thugs and I started to pray for them. I asked my group to make a prayer agreement that not one of them dies without receiving Christ as His Lord and Saviour. This was made possible because of your teachings. Thanks again once more. This incident challenged me to put the Word into action and not to be a hearer only deceiving myself.
Z. S., Johannesburg, South Africa
I could fill page after page with testimonies similar to these that come in monthly via the Internet, telephone, and the mail. I know of secret bible studies using the free lessons in Laos, Tibet, and other countries where it is illegal to openly witness for Christ. The lessons are being heard and duplicated in countries as far off as Australia and New Zealand. At last count, people from more than 70 nations have accessed the teachings via the website. Literally thousands of people around the world hear the truth of God's Word daily by that method alone.
But there are many who simply do not yet have access to the Internet. Many of them do have computers, however. For them we send the DVD free and postage paid so they can have the lessons on their computers without having to download them from the Internet. Each DVD has more than 400 audio lessons plus many lessons in writing which they can print and distribute from their home computers. We give them permission to duplicate and distribute the DVD's. They can also make CD's of individual messages and distribute those as well. Some people tell me they use the CD's and printed materials somewhat like handing out "tracts." And then there is the occasional person who still needs the messages in old fashioned cassette tape format. We are still able to provide them if that is what they need.
How can I find words that are sufficient to express our gratitude for your help? A simple "Thank You" seems to fall far short of what I feel in my heart when I think of your love, your prayers, and your financial help to freely feed the world the truth of God's Word. You have locked arms with us as we go forward to obey the mandate of Christ:
Mat 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Sue and I love you and appreciate you. We thank God for your generous and giving heart. God bless you!
Your friend and co-laborer,
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