International Ministries

This Is Exactly What We Need!

June 5, 2005 Journal

Dear friends,

Greetings from Costa Rica.

Let me give you an update on what we've been doing in Ediciones Lumbrera, the publishing ministry that I direct. We started off as a very modest project, but God keeps expanding our vision (I often feel a bit dizzy).From a group of volunteers writing Sunday school lessons for the Baptist churches of Costa Rica, we have become a publishing business, with employees, budgets, computers, inventories, and a determined struggle to become self supporting. We sell our materials to most of the denominations in Costa Rica and many other countries, and are opening a market in the religion classes in the public schools. We are in the process of hiring 2 full-time salesmen (who will balance our all-female team!).

Our former saleswoman, Kathia, created a serious (but welcome!) problem for

Lumbrera: she was selling our books so fast that we were running out of materials. She would come back every day with stories of people's enthusiasm about the lessons, and their eagerness for serious Bible studies that would help them to put their faith into practice.One day, she reported having visited a Catholic school to offer our books for their religion classes. The teacher who received her (one of the few lay men in a school run by nuns) was astonished:

"How did you dare to come in here? No Protestant has ever come offering to sell us materials." "You believe in Jesus, don't you?" responded Katthia. "These materials talk about Jesus." As he studied them his enthusiasm exploded. "This is exactly what we need. Why didn't you come sooner?"

We are not interested in teaching Baptist doctrine. We want people to meet Jesus, to know his saving love, to learn to walk in faith, to develop skills to study and interpret Scripture wisely. Those goals break across denominational lines and unite Christians of all groups.

Ediciones Lumbrera is still dependent on the offerings of those who believe in what we are doing. It will probably be several years before we can achieve our goal of being self-supporting from our sales. We are deeply grateful to those who continue to support us and pray for us.

In Christ,