God really blessed BCM over this last thirty day stretch with some wonderful churches and teams from all over the world to build houses and lives for Jesus in Baja as these teams built a total of 30 homes for needy families.
Romans 12:21 states, “…overcome evil with good.” And Hebrews 10:25 states, “…encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” These teams are overcoming evil and injustice erektionsproblemer dk, bringing hope, encouragement, blessing and God’s salvation, making a huge difference in the lives of many precious families. I hope you find this report to be an encouragement to you! Thank you for standing with us in prayer, giving and hands-on-service!
In that time span of superdrol the last 30 days since our last update letter, two of the teams came all the way from New Zealand with Break Free Expeditions, to build a total of 3 homes. Tacoma College of Washington built one. Home For Home from Washington built 2 through Central Washington University students and the Youngquist and Ronning families. Bethlehem Lutheran of Oregon, and Friends Community Church of Brea, each built one. La Jolla Presbyterian Church built two. Rolling Hills Church of El Dorado Hills built 13 and a playground for children of the community. First Prebyterian Church of Hayward built two. Grace Presbyterian Church of Plano, Texas built two homes. Rock Harbor Church of Costa Mesa and Beachpoint Church of Huntington Beach each built one. Over the weekend Nic Sylvian and friends built one, and Break Free Expeditions of New Zealand are still working on their third home with their second team this month.
You can only say so much with words so I have included 2 short videos and a recap video of one church’s 5 day mission experience.
This church is Rolling Hills Christian Church of El Dorado Hills, CA, who sent 250 members last week. Their pastors, Bill Search and Rob Phillips, had them do the purple book, the discipleship workbook BCM gives along with a Bible to those who respond to the gospel message, in advance before they came. This large team of half youth and half adults not only built 13 houses and a playground for the children in the community, but enthusiastically went out with our BCM team and helped lead more than 200 people to Christ, handing out the same purple workbook, but in Spanish, that they had done, to those who said yes to Jesus. Their team produced fun and inspiring daily video clips…
They are short clips, about a minute and half each. I included days 4 and 5. The third is a recap video that BCM produced. All three say a lot and give a fuller picture…
Day 4: About testimonies being given and the gospel being shared in the open air after door to door invitations:
Perhaps you have only heard part of the story of what God is doing in Baja with the Bible and Purple Book evangelism and discipleship ministry. Allow me to recount the blessings the Lord is bringing through this ministry vehicle!
Bibles and purple books are being given out with accountability to touch and change lives for Jesus! They are streaming into communities, prisons, rehab centers, work places, orphanages, etc., through 7 BCM regional directors who start groups of 25 or more people. More than 165,000 Bibles and purple books have been distributed and more than half of them recorded as completed through our network of more than 2,500 pastors and leaders, with accountability through 8 BCM regional directors staffed living in key cities and population centers to oversee this work.
More that 8,000 inmates have completed the purple book and now have faith in Christ, and many have been baptized in 55 gallon drums of water inside the prisons!
Here are the stats:
168,230 Books have been distributed. 90,375 Books have been completed. 4,094 Purple Book groups have signed up. 2,773 Purple Book Groups of 25 or more have finished the purple book.
What you might not know very clearly is how the Bible/Purple Book ministry has merged with our house and church building ministry as another flourishing branch. Many of the teams coming to build are now engaging in the evangelistic outreaches! They go out with BCM team members into different villages where they go house to house to invite the people to a spontaneous meeting at a familiar location right in that neighborhood. Personal testimonies are shared by the house-build members, usually about 2 minutes long. Then the good news of Jesus and His promises are shared in an understandable way and the invitation to receive Christ is given.
Recently this partial clip of me sharing the gospel in one of these open air settings was videoed. You can view it here:
This method of outreach has been quite effective. On the average there are 30 to 100 people who make a decision for Jesus each time! Thousands have been led to the Lord through this vehicle, and four church plants have emerged from the grass roots through our BCM staff member and pastor, Ramon Chavez, in the last two years.
The Purple Book is helping hundreds of thousands of people world-wide navigate through the Bible, enabling them to u nderstand the Bible better and to lay a solid Biblical foundation in their lives. If your church group serving in Baja, or members in your churches or businesses, want to buy a purple book in English or Spanish and a few other languages, t hey can do that at “ Engage” at this link: http://engageresources.org/
Thank you very much for standing with us in building houses, churches and lives for Jesus Christ in Baja!