They say to have a successful book, presentation or speech, you must make the recipient laugh, cry, and think. I feel that God does that in His Word, so man is just patterning himself after God. To get one of the first two out of the way, I will take some liberties, as man usually does, with the Word of God. I am a big fan of baseball and fishing. I feel that the Bible proves that God is too. Why else would he start of His word with baseball: "In the beginning God created..." (Gen. 1:1). He also discuss fishing throughout the Bible, told us in Matthew 4:19, to "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Fishing is probably one of the greatest analogies on how we are to approach reaching the lost in the world. It takes much preparation and planning to be a successful fisherman. Different types of fish require different tactics in order to catch them. There are also specific times when you can catch them. In Ecclesiastes 11:1, it says to "Cast thy bread upon the waters:. In fishing, a successful cast means that one has put the right bait on the hook, and sent it to a location where there is a hungry fish waiting to pounce on it. If the hook is sharp and strong, and the fish is reeled in properly, success is achieved. We have found that the bread or printed Word of God, in the form of tracts or gospel ads in newspapers or other media, is a highly successful bait. One of the most successful hooks that we have found, is an offer to learn more through a Bible Correspondence School. We have found several areas in the world where the "fish are biting". The Philippines is probably the hottest spot currently, where there is one response for every 10 tracts passed (cast) out. In Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia the response has been around one out of every 30 tracts distributed, which is about the same ratio as in Chile. In Mexico, it is still a great "fishing" spot, with 1 response out of every 120 tracts distributed. Putting ads in the newspaper offering a free Bible correspondence course, have seen thousands of responses in Thailand, Guatemala and Ghana to name a few. Tens of thousands have completed these courses in the last several years, in those three countries alone. After completing the courses, the students are then discipled. Areas with a large number of correspondence course students will then ask for a church to be started in their area. Hundreds of churches have been started throughout the world using this method. We will talk about some of them in our next chapter, so that you can see how easily one person or one church can make a difference in reaching a people or country for our Lord Jesus Christ.
As with fishing for fish, or fishing for men, the key ingredient is PRAYER. Though we pray a lot for reaching the world, we have to admit that we fall short of Godís command in 1Thess. 5:17 to, "Pray without ceasing." Individually it is virtually impossible to follow this command, but as a body of Christ, we can easily pray without ceasing. All it would take is several churches to take a day of the week to pray. Each church would then have their believers take even just one 15 minute time slot, per week, to pray for their own churchís missionaries and outreach to their community and the world. In fifteen minutes an individual could pray for every missionary they know, specific mission projects, and still probably have time left over. If one fifteen minute slot wasnít enough, then more could be added.
Here at Bearing Precious Seed (BPS) we feel that it is our ministry to be a servant to the local churches and missionaries to help them follow Godís command to: "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 and to "be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8.
At BPS we feel that we can be a servant to churches and missionaries in the following areas:
We will provide information and advice to any church that is willing to adopt a missionary or country of Godís leading. This book is the first step in assisting churches and missionaries see a way of reaching a people group or country. Any inquiries can be directed to us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by letter to BPS - 14773 Simpson Rd, El Paso, Texas 79938; by fax at 915-855-6211; or by phone at 915-857-1122.
HALL OF PRAYER
To insure that around the clock prayer coverage is facilitated, BPS has established a "Hall of Prayer" where all of the names and times of people who are praying are being placed. BPS will make sure that time slots that are available for prayer are filled next. By filling every time slot several times over, we can fulfill Godís commandment to "Pray without ceasing." BPS will periodically put out newsletters with areas or mission works to pray for, as well as listing time slots that need to be filled.
PRECIOUS SEED PROVIDERS
To make it easy to get started in reaching a country for our Lord Jesus Christ, we have started a program where any Christian can take part. For just $5 per month, a person can become a ďPrecious Seed ProviderĒ, where the $5 will go solely towards printing the Word of God for mission projects. The goal at BPS is to link up with 3,000 Precious Seed Providers, which would then provide enough to reach 15,000,000 people per month. How this can be done will be explained later in the book.
PRINTING OF SCRIPTURE
At BPS we can print and send out tons of scripture per month. To make it easy for churches, or individuals to reach people groups or nations on their own, we will print tracts, John & Romans, correspondence courses, and other scripture at what is costs us to produce. We will also ship it to any missionary in the world at cost. Our main goal is to see that it is then used in the most effective manner possible. We want to see that these scriptures are getting into the hands of missionaries that are effectively reaching their people group or country effectively. We have printed up scriptures for Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries, Thailand, Philippines, African countries, etc.
MEXICO MISSION TRIPS
For any church or individual that wants to see and experience a missionary trip to a people group, BPS conducts numerous trips into Mexico to get souls saved and trained, and churches established. A firsthand knowledge of the steps, described in this book, to reach a people group will be gained during one of the weekly trips that are made into northern Mexico. Once anyone makes a mission trip like this, their lives will never be the same. Seeing and experiencing the miracle of souls being saved and churches being established will change a person, group or church.
"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing forth his sheaves with him. Psalms 126:6
"Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
These two verses are the cornerstone of the ministry at Bearing Precious Seed. Unfortunately, we havenít come close to fulfilling Godís command found in Mark 16. Today almost half of the population of the world has not heard the gospel of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. There are entire countries where there is not one single saved believer. At least 3,400 languages and tribes have not one single verse of Scripture in their tongue, or a single preacher of the Gospel. With the number of saved people and resources in the United States alone, we are failing miserably. Even with the number of missionaries that we have, we could be reaching more people, more effectively. We can make a difference, we can reach the world! Let us work together to do this!