One of the primary ways we can prop up and create a sustainable church planting movement throughout the globe is by providing theological resources for church planters, lay leaders and pastors to do their jobs. Quality theological books, conferences and DVDs are hard to find outside the US. Much is made these days about helping that hurts and self-sustaining ministry. Placing a theology book in the hands of a national church leader is one impactful way we can help the national leaders help their own churches.
In recent years I have seen how The Gospel Coalition‘s (TGC) Packing Hope program works and how deeply it impacts indigenous church leaders here in Hondures. TGC translates gospel centered, grace driven theology books, prints them, then makes them available for FREE for short-term missionaries traveling to foreign lands. All you need to do is pay the shipping to your house and promise you are going to use the resource outside the US. You can then receive dozens of free books to take with you on your mission trip.
Take a look at the resources available here. The books are available in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Swedish, Nepali, Manipuri, Bengali, Oriya, Khmer, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, French, Urdu, Russian, Swahili, Japanese, Chinese, Albanian, and Arabic. Authors include Keller, Carson, Piper, Sproul and more.
If you are going on a mission trip this summer, my experience tells me, taking translated theology books is one way to make a huge impact with very little effort. This translation ministry has helped our missions work in Honduras and it can benefit where you are serving this summer. You will be amazed at how excited you will make national pastors and missionaries with the gift of quality theology books in their language.