God has been blessing our discipleship efforts for several years now. During the past three years, God has allowed us to minister to 659 people through 37 different courses of theology using my theology book The Way to Restoration. Our courses usually are taught over a six-month period of time.
The book is making a considerable spiritual impact in people’s lives. People are being educated and matured in their faith every week. There is a report where one man accepted Jesus through this course, despite the fact that it is taught to Christian audiences. Christian students are also using this book to evangelize their non-Christian family members, and sometimes it is being used as a free gift to non-Christians during street evangelism events.
In 2006, two copies of the Russian version of my book was distributed to 84 Christian colleges and universities libraries and directors within Ukraine, Russia, and a few satellite countries. When I go back to Ukraine very soon, the main emphasis of this trip is to distribute a free copy of our theology book and study guide to approximately 50 colleges and universities, totaling around 6,000 copies.
One Baptist college near the city of Dnipropetrosk already informed us that they enjoyed the book so much that they are going to use it as their primary teaching tool for this subject within their school. Praise God! We have already sent them 100 copies for their students and faculty.
The purpose of this mass distribution is so we can expand the knowledge of essentials of the Christian faith throughout the entire country of Ukraine, God willing. As each student graduates, he is encouraged to contact us so we can help educate his or her local congregation.
We will be hiring eight new people to help us with this mass distribution project. We are hoping and praying for even more growth by fall 2007 because of these efforts.
God has also opened the door for us to reach beyond the country of Ukraine. During the past twelve months, the Way to Restoration was also translated and published into Burmese. 2,000 copies were printed and are now being distributed to the pastors and Christian leaders inside of Myanmar. If the book is favorably received, we will most likely have another printing for distribution in the latter part of 2007.
Here is what Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary has to say about the book:
“The best primer on evangelical Christian discipleship for any contemporary culture would be a good one written by an indigenous evangelical Christian well acquainted with his or her own culture. But in many parts of the world, such a book does not yet exist. Ron Putnam’s excellent introductory volume, translated into the appropriate languages, therefore provides what may often be the best available substitute. Focusing on biblical principles and basic applications, this volume largely transcends culture-specific distinctives. It distills complex theological concepts into simple but accurate, bite-size chunks, full of practical illustrations and insights for living.”
Please continue to pray that we can publish and distribute 6,000 books and study guides, which is very expensive. Also pray that God will continue to use this book in whatever countries he chooses to glorify his own name.
As always, thank you for all of your prayers and support. We appreciate you very much!