4,800 Books Shipped by New Distribution Partner
With limited travel this past year, we’ve been trying to find a way to get our Simple Truths book into other parts of the world. We still had several hundred Simple Truths in multiple languages and we did not want to keep them in storage.
Recently, we learned of a ministry called Love Packages. Love Packages was founded in 1975. They collect, sort, package, and ship Bibles and Bible-based material to Africa, Central and South America, India, and SouthEast Asia. In the last 40 years, they have shipped over 15,000 tons of literature around the world. Currently, each year Love Packages ships over 1000 tons of recycled and new gospel literature to their network of distributors. Publishers such as LifeWay, Baker House, Crossway, and David C Cook donate material to Love Packages for distribution. The more we learned about the ministry, we realized that this was a partnership worth exploring.
During the third week of October, we loaded our truck with several cases of our books and made a trip to Decatur, Alabama. Decatur is the home of one of two Love Packages US offices. We were able to tour the offices and warehouse while workers there explained just how our books will be distributed. They repeatedly emphasized their purpose statement: Love Packages exists to put quality Christian literature into the hands of people who are hungry for the of Word of God.
Love Packages accepts Bibles, Sunday School supplies, Christian paperbacks, Tracts, and other Christian material. Once the material arrives at one of their two US locations, it is checked and sorted into categories. The books are then packed onto pallets. Once they have the shipment arranged, they pack the pallets into containers. Each containers holds 20 tons of material. The containers are then taken by trucks to ports where they are loaded onto ships. The ships then take the containers to various distribution points around the world. Once there, the materials are delivered to ministries in the appropriate country.
We were able to give them 4800 Simple Truths in Haitian Creole, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Malay/Indonesian, French, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. In a few months, the books will have been processed and will be shipped to India, SE Asia and several countries in Africa.
To date, more than 600,000 Clear and Simple Media books are in print and are in use around the world. We have not kept records of how many electronic copies of the books are in circulation.
Please pray for the safe arrival of the books. Pray that, when they arrive, they will get into the hands of people who will use them well.