Strategic Bibles Ministry

Selling Bibles to Muslims

Nafees, at right, transacting a Bible deal

Selling Bibles to Muslims

Using marketplace strategies to spread the gospel

Dear Friends,

Nafees is an evangelist in Punjab, Pakistan. One of the ways he reaches out to Muslims is by selling the Muslim Outreach Bible (a New Testament). Bibles are typically destroyed by zealous Muslims, but this version is “camouflaged” with a gold-leafed cover and flowery text to resemble Islamic holy books, without compromising the truth.

Here is a testimony I received from Nafees…

At the start and end of every school year, different book selling companies and local book stores organize a book fair for the students and book readers. The book fair takes place in the Public Park and lasts for four days. In this fair all kind of school and college textbooks, cultural books, folk books, history books and religious books can be found.

I went to the book fair to see if I could sell some [Muslim Outreach] Bibles. (We cannot give them away for free, because it makes the Muslims think it has no value, and they doubt its authenticity.) I stopped at one book stall that was selling Islamic books. As I was looking at the books, the bookstall keeper asked if I needed any help. I asked him if he had the Injil Sharif of Isa [“New Testament of Jesus,” the name of the Bibles I sell]. He said; “No we don’t have it,” but his employee who was helping him said that yesterday there was another customer asking for it. I asked them if they would be willing to sell the Injil Sharif if I supplied them with some copies, and they said, “Yes we will!”

The next day [after I gave them copies to sell] I visited them, and they told me they had sold 5 copies of the book, and now they needed 10 more! I asked them who bought these books, and they told me some students and teachers.

Nafees’s face is pixilated to protect his identity

Nafees stamps his contact information inside the cover of each Bible he sells. We are praying now that the students and teachers will contact him so that he can share with them more about Jesus!

Thanks for your gifts to the Strategic Bibles Ministry that made this outreach possible.


Peter Wray
Director, Strategic Bibles Ministry

Somu’s Salvation

Somu receives baptism

Somu’s Salvation

How you changed a life in India

Dear Friends,

I recently received the following testimony from Somu, a young man from a Hindu family. His life was forever changed after receiving a copy of the Scriptures thanks to gifts to the Strategic Bibles Ministry.

I never knew about Jesus until recently. My very close friend Rajeev gave me a Bible and told me, “This book changed my entire life and it will surely change you too.”

As we are from a rural village in Haryana state, North India, we never had Christian people in our place. It was my first time learning about Raveev and his new faith. So with much anxiety I started reading from the middle of the book (Psalms) and I felt so good. Then my friend led me to read from Matthew. As I was reading about Jesus it began to touch my heart and I developed a love and affection to Jesus. Moreover I felt so sad when I read about the crucifixion.

Rejeev took me along with him to the village church and introduced me to the pastor there. He explained me well why Jesus died on the cross. Then I kept on reading the book and it began to speak to me every day. My life too changed. Last month I gave my life to Jesus and thank God I took baptism last week. I am so happy that I found the true God.

Thanks for your partnership in the Great Commission!


Peter Wray
Director, Strategic Bibles Ministry

Feet of Gold

Javier handing a New Testament to a young street girl from the town of Oaxaca. She now lives at a missional, agricultural community where they live out the book of Acts, “having all things in common,” started by HF-missionaries Jason and Nicole Fitzpatrick.

Feet of Gold

How a transformed sinner in Mexico is transforming the lives of many others with the Word of God

Dear Friends,

Can you remember when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I was a high school sophomore at a retreat in Oglebay Park, West Virginia. My Young Life leader opened the Word of God to me in a way no one had before. To him I am forever grateful.

Javier Galindo Salgado, a Heaven’s Family-supported national missionary, evangelizes and disciples in some of the most remote, extremely poor areas of Mexico. Like my Young Life leader of yore, he is “bringing good news,” to many spiritually impoverished. Himself radically delivered from a lifestyle of womanizing and wife abuse to one of serving the Lord Jesus Christ, Javier now often walks 7-8 hours a day—sometimes in scorching heat or torrential rain—to evangelize and disciple new believers.

This man of God is firmly convinced of the need to get Bibles into the hands of new believers. In his own words he states, “Hearing a good testimony or sermon is very good and edifying, but nothing compares to being able to study the Scripture for one’s self. Reading and going over the Bible enables one to analyze and see for one’s self that it is necessary to change and live accordingly. To think and act.”

Javier’s ministry exemplifies Heaven’s Family’s efforts to distribute Bibles: We don’t just throw a bunch of Bibles at the “wall” of the world and hope “some stick,” but instead put them into the hands of missionaries who teach believers how to use and value the Word of God. Discipleship like this is possible because of your generous contributions to the Bibles for Believers Fund. Thank you!

Isaiah says that those who bring the Good News have “beautiful feet” (Is 52:7). So I can’t help thinking that, from Heaven’s point of view, Javier has some pretty awesome-looking feet—maybe they look like gold!


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

Truth Comes in Telegu, Too

Prasanna (center, in red), with grateful leprosy patients who just received their own Bibles, thanks to Heaven’s Family

Truth Comes in Telegu, Too

Heaven’s Family’s leprosy ministry creates hungry hearts

Dear Friend,

I just want to take a moment to let you know that your compassionate gifts to the Bibles for Believers Fund have recently provided Bibles for leprosy victims in Hyderabad, India.

Carole Collins, who directs the Leprosy Ministry Fund, told me a few months ago about a request she received from 2 women, Sarah and her mother Prasanna (both wound-care nurses caring for those afflicted with leprosy), for Bibles in the Telegu language to give to their patients. These women travel throughout the Hyderabad area treating the terrible wounds common to leprosy patients, making rounds to 17 communities each week.

As Sarah and Prasanna care for patient wounds they also distribute food and share God’s Word with them. Over time this has created a hunger to hear more, and requests for their own copies of the Bible.

Carole with several children—all of whom have sponsors that enable them to attend school—happy to have their own Bibles

Bibles have also been distributed to the children of parents who have leprosy. Free from leprosy themselves, these children face ostracism due to social stigmas. Heaven’s Family is providing Christian education sponsorships for an increasing number of these children, and the Bibles help reinforce what they’re learning in the classroom.

Thank you for providing “food” for these hungry hearts, both young and old!


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

“What Did He Say?”

Visual presentations are effectively used in some parts of the world to bridge language barriers with children, such as here in Southeast Asia, as well as with illiterate adults

“What Did He Say?”

Communicating the gospel in an understanding way

Dear Friends,

How we communicate the Scriptures to believers and unbelievers is as important as providing Scriptures to them. Many “tried and true” efforts used to effectively spread the gospel in Western nations, for example, do not work elsewhere in the world. Also, the gospel is easily rejected if it is not spoken in a dialect that the local people can understand clearly.

In North Korea, where access to the Scriptures is difficult and dangerous, many believers still use Bibles written in a 60-year-old, pre-Korean-War dialect that was heavy influenced by Japanese and Chinese languages. That’s almost 2 generations of North Koreans today that have never read or spoken that obsolete version of the language. The new Saenuri Bible, written in pure Korean, is gradually making its way into the country—and the underground church is so grateful because they now understand many more passages of Scripture.

A similar experience is occurring in Iran with their New Millennium version of the Bible. And in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a new Muslim Outreach Bible, which uses more formal and flowery text like the Koran, is effectively communicating the gospel without compromise.

A New Millennium Bible is presented to wife of Iranian martyr

As we passionately seek to communicate the gospel, many more barriers will come down. Thank you so much for helping to tear them down, and for providing the Bibles that will transform the hearts of people—and their cultures—around the world.


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

A Doomed Mission

North Korean followers of Jesus give “digging into the Word” a whole new meaning because they must bury their Bibles when not in use to keep authorities from finding them

A Doomed Mission

Tortured and imprisoned for owning an iPad?

Dear Friends,

The cold of the prison cell quickly penetrated Joseph’s thin clothes, chilling him to the bone. His body ached from the beating he had just received. His internal organs felt deeply bruised and his knee was broken—probably beyond repair. He wondered if this was the end of his life.

Joseph had been arrested for possession of a digital media player. Digital devices such as tablets or smart phones are illegal to own for the average citizen, so why would Joseph own one? A better question might be, Why was Joseph beaten to within an inch of his life for owning one? Answer: Because North Korean border officials found a digital copy of the Bible and other Christian resources on his device.

Joseph had acquired the media player during a covert visit to a Heaven’s Family-supported safe house in neighboring China. A joint project between the Bibles for Believers Fund and the North Korean Christians Fund provides emergency aid, discipleship, and digital Bibles to North Korea believers who seek temporary refuge at the safe house before risking the return back across the closed borders of their country to help bring food and other vital supplies to their families and other believers.

Joseph knew he risked his life by taking the media player back inside North Korea, but he also knew that many in his underground church network desperately needed the hope it contained. On the floor of the prison cell, he had questioned his actions. But with each thought of doubt, the Holy Spirit brought reassurance that his sacrifice was not in vain.

Great News is that, through God’s incredible provision, partners within North Korea were able to secure Joseph’s release from a prison sentence that likely, over time, would have ended in his death. Although badly shaken, he is now recovering and wants us to know that he remains firm in his faith.

And More Great News is that the Digital Bible Project has infiltrated the closed North Korean borders with God’s word though the hands of others besides Joseph. Even now, many underground churches are secretly using these incredible tools to grow in their faith—despite threats of severe persecution. Thank you for supporting the Bibles for Believers Fund. You are sending light where it is needed most!


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

Mercy for a Mullah

Two Iranian men happy to receive their own New Testaments

Dear Friends,

Through generous contributions to the Bibles for Believers Fund, we have purchased Bibles for believers in the Muslim State of Iran. I recently received the following account from our Iranian partner.

Morad, a Christian, sat waiting in a government office that issues licenses for cars. He noticed that a man sitting in the waiting area with him was a mullah (the term for an educated Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine, and who usually holds an official post). The wait had been long, and the mullah grew increasingly impatient. Unable to contain his frustration any longer, he blurted out loudly, “The people working in the office are in need of God’s forgiveness!” (Haven’t we all felt the urge to say something like that in such circumstances?)

Muslim religious students

Seizing the opportunity, Morad asked the mullah about forgiveness. The mullah admitted that Muslims could never be sure their sins have been forgiven. Morad then shared what the Bible teaches about forgiveness. The mullah dismissed his words with a smoke screen of standard Muslim arguments, but Morad wisely replied, “I am not here to argue with you, I just want to share with you the wonderful truth about Jesus and how He truly is able to forgive sins.”

Morad then rushed out to his car to fetch a New Testament. “I’d like to give you this New Testament,” Morad told him upon his return. “Please read it. You can meet Christ and understand what He says about forgiveness,” he continued. The mullah respectfully accepted the New Testament, promising Morad that he’d read it.

I never found out whether the mullah received his car license that day, but I know he received something infinitely more precious—the Word of God.

Our partners have been giving New Testaments to hungry souls in Iran since 2005. More than 95% of recipients receive them with joy. And they’ve discovered that of those who read them, about 15% of those will give their hearts to Jesus.

Your gifts to the Bibles for Believers Fund are helping Iranians encounter the forgiveness they long for in Jesus Christ, resulting in a growing Iranian church. I thank you now, and one day those who came to Christ because of your gift of a Bible will thank you personally in heaven!


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

Satan Told Me to Kill You

Cindi passing out Bibles

Dear Friends,

I was not sure what I would find as we entered…. Would the women be at a place they would understand the messages that were on my heart to share? Would I find a group of embittered women or would their hearts be broken and ready to receive the life-giving words?

Those were the words that Cindi Murphy-Mendoza, a Heaven’s Family partner in Kenya, wrote to me after her visit to the women’s section of Embu Prison in Kerugoya. Her questions were answered quickly, as were her prayers for open hearts. She continued:

On the second day, the ministry at the prison was absolutely amazing. The hurts were so deep. They really hurt for their children [many of whom live in the prison with them]. During this time there was at least one salvation and many deliverances. (One woman told me that Satan had told her to kill me during that session. Amazingly, two friends in the States [she discovered later] were burdened to pray together for me at that very time. I led her through deliverance, which she gladly received.)

At the end of the second day we gave each of the women Bibles in their own language. The joy on their faces was beyond description…they considered these gifts as precious treasures.

The Bibles that Cindi distributed that day were made possible by you who have given to the Bibles for Believers Fund. Thanks to you, the Word of God has invaded Embu Prison, and is already changing hearts in a place of so many broken lives.

Grateful inmates showing off their new bibles!

Your generous support enables many Heaven’s Family national missionaries and partners to shine the light of God’s Word into the darkest, truth-starved areas of the world.

Thank you,

Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

A Rickshaw Driver’s Dreams

Heaven’s Family-supported national missionary Pastor Prince, at left, equipping Pastor Thanish with Bibles for his congregation in Northern India

Dear Friends,

Ram operates a rickshaw taxi service in Northern India to support his family. Two years ago, he began having dreams of “a beautiful man and his face often shines with marvelous light. This man call [my] name with much love.” Neither Ram nor his wife understood what the dreams meant.

One day Ram noticed two of his passengers holding a newspaper with the face of Jesus being used in a company’s Christmas greetings ad. This is the man who comes to my dream, he thought, and asked the couple who it was. Jesus, they said, the God of the Christians. This was the first time he had ever heard of Christians or of Jesus. Unable to forget his dreams nor the face in the newspaper, Ram spent the next 3 months asking friends and people in his village if they knew anything about Him. None could help Ram.

A short time later a Christian man named Thanish and his wife were traveling from a nearby village to pray for a family, and happened to be riding in Ram’s rickshaw. As had become his custom with his passengers, Ram showed them the newspaper clipping with Jesus’ picture, and asked whether they knew anything about Him.

Thanish and his wife knew Him, they said, much to Ram’s delight. After they spoke to him about Jesus, Ram invited them to his home where they prayed for his family. Ram immediately began attending their prayer meetings and visited the home of Thanish and his wife to ask more questions.

And it just so happened that a shipment of Bibles provided through Heaven’s Family’s Bibles for Believers Fund had just arrived, so he gave Ram a copy (photo below). Ram said, “I will keep this Bible with me every time and…I will read it and share with others the stories.” Some of those others will no doubt be the 7 family members he now brings with him to church.

Pastor Thanish presents a new Bible to Ram, a rickshaw driver

Many new believers like Ram are waiting for a Bible. Many of us take for granted the value of owning a copy of God’s Word because we have many copies in our homes and we have so many ways to access it digitally. For poor parts of India and in many other countries, however, providing Bibles to Christians is comparable to food donations to the starving. Thank you for your part in feeding Ram and his family with the Bread of Life!


Peter Wray
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

A 12-year old resident of Nairobi’s Mathare slum

Mathare is Nairobi’s second-largest slum, whose half-million cramped residents live on the lowest rung of Kenya’s economic ladder. Heaven’s Family is working there because our partner, amazing American missionary Glenn Roseberry, and some Kenyan brothers with whom he works, have planted 12 house churches there. We’ve been helping Glenn’s poor house church saints with Bibles (from our Bibles for Believers Fund) and small business grants (from our Widows & Abandoned Women Fund). They have been, among other things, manufacturing soap, sewing school uniforms, and selling soap. A few of Glenn’s Kenyan brothers also run a Christian primary school in Mathare that serves 400 children.

There is no way to fully describe the living conditions in Mathare or the depth of residents’ poverty. You have to walk among the rusted tin shacks and smell the pervasive stench from open sewage and rotting garbage. My photos actually make Mathare look much better than it is. Nevertheless, below are a few shots of our visit this afternoon along with some explanatory captions.


A hill-side view of typical Mathare family dwellings, of which there could easily be as many as 30 in this photo

Mathare has some streets, but mostly consists of very narrow dirt alleys

The primary building materials in Mathare are tree branches and rusting metal sheets

This photo shows the exterior of the primary school administrated by some of Glenn Roseberry’s Kenyan Christian brothers. Each grade has 2 textbooks per subject, one for the teacher and one for the entire grade of children. Team member CJ McDaniel, who directs our Education Fund, hopes to fund more.

This is an interior shot of one of about 8 classrooms at the primary school, all stuffed with children. There is no ventilation. It was actually this dark inside the classrooms, as the only illumination came from soda bottle skylights (see next photo).

A water-filled soda bottle, partially suspended through a hole in a tin roof, is a rather ingenious means of inexpensive illumination

Another typical view in Mathare, this one along the Mathare River

The children of Mathare are as happy as any kids in the world, seemingly oblivious to their poverty

Another little Mathare resident

This is a Christian sister whom Heaven’s Family helped through our Widows & Abandoned Women Fund by providing her with a wheeled cart from which to sell her goods, and with which she can secure her goods from thieves at night.

Our joy-filled friend, missionary Glenn Roseberry, with Pamela, a Mathare resident who formerly brewed alcohol for profit, but who abandoned her trade to follow Jesus. Through a grant from Heaven’s Family, she and another sister named Maria now run a thriving business in Mathare selling fish.

Pamela and Maria’s tasty French cuisine, Poissons sur le Journal (Fish on Newspaper)

New Missionaries in Malawi

New Bible School graduates in Malawi, holding Bibles provided by Heaven’s Family, as they dedicate themselves to taking the Word to their villages

Dear Friends,

Smiles are plentiful as a new graduating class finishes their Bible training at King Fisher Bible Training Center in Malalwi! Charles Mithowe, the director, reports that this graduating class brings the number of new workers sent out to the harvest to be over 400! (For more information, see my article in our December 2011 magazine, titled Fishing for the King)

These new missionaries are using Bibles provided by Heaven’s Family’s Bibles For Believers Fund. Many are too poor to afford their own Bible. As a result of their ministries, many are being saved in remote areas, and new house churches are being planted. Most new believers are also unable to afford their own Bibles.

Now King Fisher Bible Training Center is ready to train a new class of young men and women to spread the gospel of Christ. Bibles in their language of Chichewa are needed for the new students and for new believers in the young house churches. Please pray for those who are just starting their training and for the graduates now out on the mission field.

In His service,

Patti Samuels
Director, Bibles for Believers Fund

Dear Friends,

I want to give you a quick report about one way that gifts to the Bibles for Believers Fund are making a real difference. Here are some details from my recent trip to Africa.

Placing Bibles into the hands of believers who have never owned one before is always exciting. While in Rwanda, Africa, however, I wasn’t quite prepared for the blessing I was to receive as I gave out a new kind of Bible I brought along with me this time—Bibles called Proclaimers.

Proclaimers are audio Bibles housed in brick-sized plastic boxes and powered by a built-in solar panel, hand crank, or electrical wall outlet. One Proclaimer can be heard by dozens of people at once, making them ideal for those who cannot read—like many parts of rural Africa.

Audio Bibles in Africa Changing Lives

I discovered another group that really appreciate these new Bibles—the blind. Thank the Lord that I happened to have one with me when I visited Kabuga, Rwanda. There I met with 12 families in a blind community. Surprise and delight flashed across their faces as they realized what I was giving them. They insisted on “seeing” this blessed box by passing it around for all to feel!

Blind believers in Rwanda receive Proclamer Bible
These believers in Rwanda, Africa can now “see the light” in a new way

I was overjoyed to be a part of sharing the Living Word with these precious brothers and sisters in Christ in Africa. Your love and faithfulness made this blessing possible. Thank you.

In Christ,

Chuck King

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